In the business of day-to-day workplace operations, it’s easy for an employee to have a foot injury due to a heavy cart rolling over a foot.  Heavy carts and wheels can cause serious injuries, but with the help of toe guards this can be prevented.    

What Are Toe Guards
Toe guards are a safety accessory that are added to a caster to minimize the risk of injury to the toes, heels, and feet. Toe guards can be made from a variety of different materials including plastic or steel and come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate different size casters. Casters can be equipped with integral factory installed toe guards or can be installed on existing casters in the field. Toe guards are normally mounted around ½ inch off the floor but can be customized to different heights to fit any application if needed. Toe guards allow the caster to spin freely and the wheel to move within the toe guard without interfering with its movement.  

How Do Toe Guards Work
There are different types and designs of toe guards, but their end goal is always to create a cage like barrier around casters that prevents the caster from rolling over objects. Toe guards help to prevent injuries because instead of rolling over your toes, the toes just bump into the toe guard attached to the caster.  

Albion Field Installable Toe Guards
If your workplace rolls heavy objects around, toe guards may be a great option for you. Albion’s field installable toe guards are easy to install and there’s no drilling or modification needed to fit existing casters. The guards are available on various wheel diameters and tread widths, making it easy for you to find the perfect guard for your application. Albion’s field installable toe guards are sold as a kit with everything you need for an easy installation, making the installation process simple.    

Toe Guards are an important safety feature that can help prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace. Albion’s Toe Guards are easy to install, no drilling or tapping required, and provide a simple and effective way to improve the safety and performance of your casters. If you want to learn more about the toe guard selection at Colson Group, get in contact today and we’ll find the right solution for you.

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.


OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL., December 6, 2022— Colson Group, the leader in caster and wheel products, announces their Albion brand launch of a new line of Maintenance Free casters. The new 28 and 38 Series casters are designed for improved ergonomics, long life, and quiet mobility.

The new Maintenance Free casters are equipped with a sealed precision swivel bearing. This makes it so they never require a preventative maintenance schedule, which reduces downtime and increases efficiency. They also feature wheel options such as polyurethane, rubber, and nylon, to fit your specific hand push or towing requirements.

The 28 and 38 Series casters extended leads significantly reduces push / pull force. This increases the safety and effectiveness of equipment operators. Their ease of use helps to prevent employee injuries and provides the performance customers require to keep their business rolling safely and easily.

“With the newly designed 28 and 38 series, maintenance free also means worry-free and helps provide an injury free workplace,” said Scott Fisher, Director of Heavy Duty Vertical Sales.

As a world leader in design and production, Albion is proud to manufacture some of the highest quality made in the USA casters in the market. To stand by their quality and performance, Albion brand’s new line of Maintenance Free 28 and 38 Series casters are backed by a 5-year warranty guarantee.

Maintenance-free casters are designed for harsh industrial environments. The consistent performance of these casters makes a great choice for industries like automotive, warehousing, tow-lines, AGV’s, hospitals and more.

Reduce your replacement costs and injuries, while enhancing your manufacturing efficiency with Maintenance Free casters. Learn more about Maintenance Free casters and their ergonomic and economic benefits by getting in contact with Colson Group today.

About Colson Group: Colson Group, the global leader in caster and wheel products, creates and drives solutions that move lives forward. World renowned brands, such as Albion, provide specialized mobility for every industry and market. A leading product portfolio and global value chain deliver unparalleled efficiencies and support. With over 1,600 employees across 25 global facilities, Colson Group is committed to its customers’ success, ensuring proper products are selected or designed from the start, and always keeping the end-users’ safety, efficiency, and happiness in mind.

About Albion: Since Albion’s founding in 1947, they have become The Caster Experts and are one of the most recognized names in the material handling industry. Albion does more than just sell wheels and casters; they deliver custom-engineered, reliable solutions for the most challenging material handling problems. As a brand of Colson Group, you can be sure Albion will have the resources to service and supply your needs.

Albion NEW Product: 10″ CG-MAX Wheels & Casters

INTRODUCING: 10″ CG-MAX Wheels & Casters


Building on the ergonomic and durability success of the CG-MAX Max Efficiency Wheel®, we are excited to introduce a new addition to this family of products with the launch of the 10″ CG-MAX Wheel & Caster. This 10″ x 2″ wheel addition couples up with our workhorse 310 Series USA-made rig (modified for the 2″ wide wheel) to deliver a measurable ergonomic advantage your customers will appreciate.
The combined 10″ CG-MAX wheel + 310 rig delivers:
• Even greater ergonomics compared to 4″, 5″, 6″, and 8″x2″ offerings
• Standard extended swivel lead for improved towing performance and ergonomics
• Increased capacity rating of 2,000 lbs. per caster/wheel
• Larger precision machined raceway to eliminate chatter while being towed
• High quality heat-treated AISI 1045 laser-cut steel rig construction
• Kingpinless design to provide superior strength in rugged applications, all backed by our premium 3-year warranty
Below you will find helpful resources to learn more, review specifications, grab CAD models or datasheets, and even start promoting these additions online. These new additions are in the Price Lookup Tool, in-stock, and ready for you to start selling! Happy selling!


UPDATED LITERATURE Part Numbers & Specifications: View and download the updated CG-MAX literature to see the complete offering, including the new 10″ wheel and caster additions. The back page has also been updated to include additional extended lead CG-MAX casters to arm you with even more ergonomic solutions for your customers’ needs. As noted, the new caster and wheel parts are now live in the Price Lookup Tool for easy quoting.



CAD Models & Datasheets:  Native 10″ CG-MAX CAD caster models and 3D interactive datasheets are readily available for download online or on our Caster CAD 3D app. Simply change Wheel Type to AX (maroon) or AN (orange) and update the model preview to view and download CAD models/datasheets. You can also view all CG-MAX series links to CAD models here.

For Ads or Ecommerce: This helpful folder of images will get you or your marketing department ready for promoting these new CG-MAX solutions. Simply click HERE to access the shared images and start preparing your promotional campaigns. To access all CG-MAX images (all other series and sizes) click HERE. Assets to be used only for CG-MAX promotional materials or Colson Group exclusive eCommerce categories.
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