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When to Replace Your Clamp Pads

Posted by Sioux Rubber & Urethane Team on Oct 19, 2018 2:00:00 PM

When to Replace Your Clamp Pads

Some things are just meant to go together – peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin and rubber and urethane. Two things that never go together? Bare metal forklift clamp pads and inventory, ouch. When your clamp pads lose their rubber cushion, they can’t do their job effectively and need to be replaced. 

Your Clamp Pads Won’t Grip

One of the biggest uses for clamp pads is for grabbing bale products, barrels, paper rolls, lightweight boxes and other delicate or awkward loads. These irregular objects need the clamp pad’s rubber to not only reach them, but grip and hold them effectively, but gently. When that rubber is gone, you can’t safely move these materials, leaving the door open to potentially dropping what you’re trying to grab, creating much bigger problems.


Your Clamp Pads Slide and Scratch

How much merchandise have you had to replace because it was scratched, dropped or otherwise damaged in the warehouse? Probably plenty. Rubber clamp pads decrease the damaging effect of the metal that comes into contact with the material you’re transporting, protecting the product. No more scraping metal against metal. Clamp pads with good rubber create a barrier between your fork attachments and your inventory.


Clamp pads also extend the life of your forks. Since it’s the rubber that eventually wears, not the forks themselves, your forks will look and work like new for years.


Never Buy New. Always Replace.

If the above scenarios ring true, the bad news is you need to a new set of clamp pads. The good news is, having Sioux Rubber & Urethane recover your existing pads can give the effectiveness you need and cost about a third less than brand new pads. We’ll remove the old, worn rubber from the existing metal surface and vulcanize a new covering with one of the most resilient rubber blends on the market. No matter if your existing pads are flat, curved, or custom-sized, our clamp pads come in a variety of surface textures and thicknesses; tell us your needs, and we’ll advise you on the clamp pad that will provide optimum performance and longevity.

Stop scratching your head (and all the products you handle) and let Sioux Rubber & Urethane provide a cost-effective solution that not only is cost-effective but also is made specifically for your machine and the products you handle. And, added bonus, it works just as hard as you do. Call us today and we'll give your clamp pads a new lease on life.

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Topics: Clamp Pads, Rubber Products, Forklift Forks, Forklifts