The second thing to do is look at how you will use the caster. Is it being manually pushed around, or are you towing? These applications have different characteristics that factor into which caster you choose. Third, you want to consider any environmental concerns, such as temperature. Also, is it outside, or is it going into an oven? Do I have access to grease the caster? You want to consider these things when specifying a caster for your application.

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Can I specify a bolt-hole or mounting pattern for a specific overall height? What about shortening the swivel radius to fit underneath my cart? The answer to all these questions is YES! We can customize pretty much any product we make and do it easily and quickly.

The aerospace industry usually gets this question because they seek specific safety factors. Our industrial casters are designed and tested to ICWM (International Caster and Wheel Manufacturing Association) standards. For reference, all of our casters are designed with a four-time safety factor on static loads. If you need a different safety factor, we can run the finite element analysis and the stress analysis to figure out how we need to change the design to get you the safety factor that you need.

In the majority of cases, the answer is yes. This depends on your design constraints and what you’re trying to do. If you’re trying to push a cart off the back of a semi and the casters keep breaking off, we can probably help you out but some applications are pretty tough.

This is a very difficult question because it depends on the type of caster used,  the application, and how well it’s maintained. We’ve had casters in the field for 50-plus years that still work just as well as the day they left the factory because the application wasn’t abusive, and they maintained the casters very well. We’ve also had applications where the wheel will wear down in six months, and they’ll have to replace the wheel because it’s a very aggressive application with a lot of turning involved, typically forklift applications or things like that.

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