Selecting A Heavy Duty Caster

When it comes to transporting heavy loads, having the right equipment is essential. Heavy duty casters are a critical part of many industrial and commercial applications, providing a reliable and efficient means of moving heavy items. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at heavy duty casters, uses, and what to look for when choosing the right caster for your application.

What are Heavy Duty Casters

Heavy duty casters are designed for use in both industrial and commercial settings where heavy loads need to be moved quickly and efficiently. These casters are made from high-quality, durable materials designed to withstand significant loads without breaking or wearing out over time. Various heavy duty casters are available to fit every application from single wheel swivel and rigid casters, to dual wheel casters for high capacity applications and spring loaded for when protection of equipment is important. Swivel casters are designed to rotate 360 degrees, allowing for easy maneuvering in tight spaces, while rigid casters are fixed in place, providing stability and support for heavier loads. Additional accessories such as swivel lock, brakes and toe guards can be added to fit all of your caster needs.

Uses of Heavy Duty Casters

Heavy duty casters are used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications, including:
  1. Manufacturing: Heavy duty casters are used to transport heavy equipment, machinery, and raw materials in manufacturing facilities.
  2. Aviation: Heavy duty casters are used to move aircraft and airport equipment, such as baggage carts, fuel tanks, and maintenance equipment.
  3. Warehousing: Heavy duty casters are used to transport large and heavy items, such as pallets, in warehouses and distribution centers.
  4. Automotive: Heavy duty casters are used to transport vehicles in automotive manufacturing and repair facilities.

Choosing the Right Heavy Duty Caster

When choosing a heavy duty caster, there are several factors to consider. These include:
  1. Load Capacity: A caster will need to be selected that can handle the total weight of the loaded cart. To determine the weight of the caster and the number of casters being used, the capacity needs of the caster is determined by dividing the weight of the loaded cart by one less of the casters used to provide additional safety on uneven floors. For example, if the total cart weight is 1,000 pounds and 4 casters will be used, you’d do 1000/3 = 334 pounds per caster is needed.
  2. Wheel Material: The wheel material should be chosen based on the application. Capacity, temperature, and floor surface is all important when choosing a wheel.
  3. Bearing Type: The bearing type should be chosen based on the speed and frequency of use.
  4. Brake Type: The brake type should be chosen based on the application, such as if the caster will be used on a slope or mainly stationary use.
  5. Swivel vs. Rigid: The choice between a swivel or rigid caster depends on the application. Swivel casters are best for maneuverability, while rigid caster provide greater stability and support for heavier loads.

In conclusion, heavy duty casters are an essential tool for moving heavy items in industrial or commercial settings. When choosing a caster, it’s important to consider that the caster is suitable for your application. A popular heavy duty caster is Albion Maintenance Free casters which offer a best-in-class experience for no hassle casters and provide a long-lasting solution to meet your needs. With the right caster, you can improve efficiency, safety, and productivity in your workplace. If you need help choosing the best caster for your application, get in contact with Colson Group today and we’ll help you find the right solution.