Heavy Duty Caster Swivel Locks
Locking Casters for safety, flexibility, and ease of movement.
Locking a heavy-duty swivel caster converts it into a rigid caster. This ability gives operators much more flexibility when moving and positioning material handling carts. By locking the caster wheel into a fixed position, operators can transport and steer a loaded material cart over long distances. Unlocking the casters once at the destination enables the cart to be easily moved and positioned in any direction. In short, the locking caster provides flexibility in tight areas and easier movement when traveling a longer distance.
Heavy Duty Casters with Locks
Heavy-duty locking casters can be manufactured with built-in locking mechanisms. You can also retrofit a brake for a previously purchased caster.
We strongly suggest purchasing a caster with the locks built into the original design. These types of locking casters are much more desirable and will have a greater usable life cycle than locks applied after the fact.
Heavy Duty Caster Locks as a Safety Option
Locks are also often installed for safety reasons. Moving a cart with two locked casters (rigid) and two swivels casters is much easier to handle than a cart that has four swivels. It takes a lot of force to keep a loaded cart with 4 swivel casters on track and is more prone to operator injury.
The passive swivel lock is used when full mobility is needed. The swivel lock plunger engages a detent and locks the caster for straight-line movement. When side thrust is applied, the swivel unlocks. This setup provides maximum maneuverability of the unit. This swivel lock is NOT RECOMMENDED for towed applications.
Foot Actuated Swivel Lock
The foot-operated swivel locking mechanism works the same as the standard swivel lock. To engage or disengage the lock, there is a pedal that can be operated by foot. This setup improves ergonomics and speed of locking/unlocking a swivel caster.
Heavy-Duty Demountable Swivel Lock
Our heavy-duty demountable swivel lock is a field-installed option available for the 80s and 90s Series casters.
Heavy Duty Swivel Lock
The heavy duty swivel lock provides a longer, more accessible handle made from machined steel.
Demountable Swivel Lock
A demountable swivel lock is a field-installed option available up to the 71 Series. Other series ordered with demountable swivel locks are available where damage to the swivel may occur.
Vertical Mounted Swivel Lock
The vertical mounted swivel lock is mounted out of the way, under the yoke base of the caster. Used mostly in heavy duty applications, this swivel lock provides a more secure locking feature