Manufacturing in the United States produces trillions of dollars of revenue each year, and the market is only growing. One of the most important pieces of equipment in any industrial environment is the caster wheel.

Industrial casters are small wheels that make it easier to move heavy loading equipment. With the right heavy-duty casters, one person can easily move a load weighing hundreds of pounds.

When choosing the casters that are right for your business, there are many factors to consider. Read on to learn everything you need to know to make the right choice!

Types of Industrial Casters

Casters come in many varieties that serve a wide range of purposes. There are fixed and swiveling types, and each type can be made of different materials.

Fixed casters do not rotate, so they can only move equipment in a straight line. Swivel casters, on the other hand, can move freely in any direction.

Because fixed casters offer a narrower range of motion, they are more stable than swivel casters.

Fixed and swivel casters can both be fitted with a locking mechanism that will keep the wheel from rolling when activated. Look here for more information on locking casters.

Tread Materials

The material that the wheel is made from depends on what the caster is used for.

Most commonly, caster wheels are made of some plastic (such as nylon or polyurethane) or rubber. Some wheels can also be made of steel.

Rubber and plastic will cause less damage to floors than steel but are not as strong. Steel wheels will also be noisier than other materials.

Choosing the Right Casters

When selecting casters to move loading equipment around, keep your specific needs in mind. To make the best choice, you should consider the following:

Work Environment

Possibly the most important factor is where the casters will be used.

For casters that will be used indoors, you’ll want a material that’s safe to use on the building’s floors. Casters used outdoors will need a heavy-duty wheel with a gripping tread like rubber.

Keep in mind the amount of maneuvering the equipment will need to do as well. Swivel casters are more maneuverable but less stable than fixed casters, so think about the amount of turning required and any ramps.

Moving Speed

If loads need to be transported at higher speeds, swivel wheels should be avoided or paired with fixed wheels. Otherwise, it will be easier to lose control of the equipment.

Noise level

If the casters will be used near office or customer service areas, consider a quieter material like polyurethane. Wheels used in a louder environment like a production floor or construction site will be suitable for louder materials like steel that can bear more weight.

Are You Ready to Shop for Casters?

Choosing industrial casters is an important decision. The wrong choice can cause damage and decrease productivity.

Use the knowledge you’ve gained from this article to choose the perfect caster. Be sure to check out our blog page for other useful information!