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Reel Efficiency: Aerospace Industry Supplier Purchases Drive Caster Trikes to Move Heavy Material Reels.

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Caster Concepts was contacted by a leading supplier of carbon fiber, honeycomb and other composite materials for the commercial aerospace industry with a heavy problem. Even though this supplier dealt in lightweight materials, these same materials become very heavy when they are wrapped on a reel that is 19 feet long, 32 inches wide and 9 feet tall.

Unloaded, these reels weigh 900 pounds, and quickly climb up to 2,000 when fully loaded. And on top of being heavy, they were also awkward. With a high push force required due to their width and length, these reels typically took 2-3 workers to move them, and they were becoming a safety risk and a liability concern every time they were maneuvered.

The solution: Drive Caster Trikes do the heavy lifting.

The crack engineering team at Caster Concepts was up for the challenge. Their mission was to develop a drive caster that could move these reels efficiently and safely without expending so much manpower. Needless to say, their solution passed its trial run with flying colors: A Drive Caster Trike.

The Drive Caster Trike is excellent for applications where trailers need be moved in enclosed spaces that are hard to maneuver in.  Because of the number of carts needed to transport these long reels, each cart was equipped with a special hitch that allowed a trike to be placed at each end of the cart when it was unloaded.

The Drive Caster Trikes were a big success, and they became the start of future projects with the company. Now that’s what you’d call reel efficiency.


  • Easy to operate and maneuver

  • Eliminates the risk of overexertion injuries

  • One person can move loads that previously may have required several

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