Options for Industrial Casters
Caster Concepts has a wide variety of caster options.
Many of these not only improve function – but also provide safety and add longevity to the product.
These options can be added at the time of manufacturing or after the caster is fully assembled.
- Reinforced Legs
- Sealed Swivels
- Sealed Wheels
- Steering Tubes
- Swivel Locks
- Threaded Zerks
- Toe Guards
Safety Options: When considering safety options the most common consideration would be caster locks, caster brakes, toe guards, and reinforced legs. Caster Swivel Locks will turn a swivel caster into a rigid caster, hence improving the control of the castered cart when being transported. Caster Wheel Locks are meant to keep a cart in position and prevent it from rolling away from a work area. Locks are not meant to hold a caster in place on an incline and they are not designed to be a mechanism of slowing a cart that is in motion. Brakes should only be applied when the cart has come to a complete stop in the location that it is intended to be. Toe guards are a very effective and underutilized option to prevent foot injuries. The Caster Concepts, toe guard is the very best in the industry as it is designed into the original caster design. Reinforced Legs either angle iron on the outside of the leg or gussets on the inside serve to strengthen the caster when exposed to side loading.
Extended Life: Options that extend the life of a caster are primarily options that seal the bearing of the caster to prevent contamination of the precision parts. Seals are available for both the wheel and the swivel sections that eliminate contamination for the most part and hence extending the life of the heavy duty caster.
Miscellaneous: Threaded zerks are used in a variety of dynamic operations where the application is difficult and high level of maintenance is required. Steering Tubes are used on industrial casters that carry heavy loads and need to be manipulated in very tight places. Track brush wipers are utilized when any type of wheel is running on a track where debris can stop the movement, damage the wheel or take it off the track. Surface finish is always an option for a caster and can range from clear zinc plating to gold dichromate plate to wet paint to powder coat painting.