What are Wet Disc Brakes?
Having forklifts equipped with wet disc brakes keeps coming up more and more in the material handling industry. What does this mean? …It means a better braking system. Wet brakes run in oil. The oil keeps them cool, especially in heavy braking applications (Also referred to as oil-cooled disc brakes). Wet brakes will last longer and require less adjustments and replacements over time. Most wet brakes are a multiple disc set-up, providing more stopping power, and improving all around safety. Dry brakes are mostly single disc or drum. These types of braking systems heat up quickly under heavy use and wear out fast, costing more in parts and labor over the lifetime of the truck. Dry brakes are are a bit quicker to replace, but don’t offer as much stopping power or durability as a wet disc braking system. Overall, wet disc brakes are the better set up between the two.
For more information, contact us to discuss which lift trucks come standard with wet disc brakes and which brands offer this feature as a beneficial option to include in your next lift truck investment.