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Indoor operations are traditionally the space for casters, yet many industrial casters rise to the challenge of functioning in outdoor environments. At Caster Concepts, we understand the unique challenges posed by outdoor environments and terrain. That’s why we offer a comprehensive selection of outdoor casters designed to tackle the elements and provide reliable performance in a wide range of outdoor applications.

When venturing outside, it’s paramount to factor in conditions like corrosion, material wear, and varying terrains, or else you could be replacing your casters like clockwork! Let’s take a closer look at these factors to help you determine the best caster for your application.

1. Nature Isn’t On Your Side.

MS Aluminum Caster

MS Aluminum Caster

Outdoor caster use exposes industrial casters to some nasty environments. From rain showers to snow to high humidity, your choice of outdoor casters should withstand the effects of corrosion caused by moisture. Modern Suspension’s corrosion-resistant aluminum casters are an excellent outdoor caster choice for such demanding conditions.

However, moisture isn’t the only problem in outdoor environments. The sun’s relentless rays can wreak havoc on certain materials. To minimize this effect, UV inhibitors are added to Caster Concept’s plastic compounds during production. This process enables us to shield our outdoor casters from potential sun damage. Equally important for casters used outdoors are the materials they are made of. Stainless steel and polyurethane are good choices.

2. Outdoor Surfaces Are Unforgiving.

Outdoor terrains are rugged and uneven, making them a nightmare for any caster wheel. Rocks and jarring cracks in cement can damage or catch outdoor caster wheels, rendering your mobility inert. What you need is an outdoor caster built for agility and sturdiness. Spring-loaded, shock-absorbing casters are your best bet here. Spring- Loaded casters absorb shock and allow wheels to roll over obstacles, cushioning any impact gracefully.

If your route involves navigating over pebbles, uneven cement, or even terrains like grass or sand, then Pneumatic Tires are a flexible wheel option that can take on even the toughest terrains. A Pneumatic Tires’ rubber wheels allow for some give and also absorb shocks from impact.

3. Speed Matters

Twergo Xtreme Casters with Brake

Twergo Xtreme Casters with Brake

Many outdoor tasks involve moving goods and projects with tuggers, tractors, or powered mechanisms. These pulling devices surpass the average human’s walking speed, and this matters for your caster choice. While this pace might not faze the swivel section, the caster’s wheel design and material are paramount when considering movement speed in industrial applications. Our TWERGO XTREME casters handle a higher load capacity and are tailored for AGVs and Tuggers and their high-speed tasks.  You’ll find these versatile casters in both two and three-wheel designs.

You may ask, “Why would I want an extra wheel?” More wheel width helps disperse weight and puts more rubber on the road, giving you maximum load capacity and economic benefits!

Determining the Best Casters for Outdoor Use.

Do you need the ability to traverse rough terrain using spring-loaded casters or shock-absorbing casters? Do you want to roll smoothly over uneven surfaces smoothly with pneumatic tires? Or do you need outdoor casters that can handle the speed of AGVs?  Just ask one of our team members! With the expertise earned from years of manufacturing, Castor Concepts can craft a tailored caster solution that perfectly aligns with your requirements with the durability and reliability you need for any outdoor application.