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You know you need to purchase caster wheels, but where do you start? What type of material should your casters be made from, and what about wheels? Here, you’ll have access to a step-by-step quick start guide that will help you make the best possible choices when it comes to picking caster wheels.

Step 1 – Determine the Maximum Weight of Your Load

The very first thing you will need to do when buying caster wheels is determine how heavy your loads will be at their very maximum. This will help you determine whether you need light-duty, medium-duty, heavy-duty, or even ultra-heavy-duty casters.

Step 2 – Determine Your Features

The next step in the process involves deciding what type of caster you will need. Different casters have different features, and some of these include:

Step 3 – Choose the Right Size Caster

Now that you know how heavy your load will be and what features you need for your casters, it’s time to choose a caster type and size. Caster size is vital for safety, so be sure that your calculations are correct. It’s important to provide yourself with a safety net of about 30% over your maximum weight to compensate for unbalanced or shifting loads, too. To put this into perspective, assume that your maximum load will weigh 10,000 pounds.

The goal at this point would be to add 30% to your maximum weight, bringing it to 13,000 pounds. Then, if you know you will need four casters, you simply divide 13,000 by four to provide you with the caster you need – one that supports 3250 pounds per caster.

Choosing the right caster for your application can be tough, and in some cases, you might find that you need to design a brand-new caster to suit your unique needs. We offer the largest range of casters in the country, and they can manufacture custom casters to suit your individual needs, too.