Industrial Casters

Industrial casters – What’s Right for your Application?

Industrial caster selection can be overwhelming. For most, the biggest challenge is where to start!  Follow along as we highlight different caster applications to help you decide which caster is right for you.

Step 1: Calculating the caster’s capacity

It’s essential to know how much weight your industrial casters can hold. This also means knowing the weight of your cart. For safety, we suggest estimating the total cart load over three casters to ensure adequate support. When you’re dealing with uneven floor conditions, you can assume not all casters are contacting the floor. So, ensuring that the load can be supported by three out of the four casters allows for adequate safety.

Step 2: Understanding the application.

Answering a few questions can help you determine the best caster selection and design for your situation. Such as, are there height or width limitations? If so, you may need to use a dual wheel caster which offers the highest possible capacity at the lowest overall height. Do you need to protect the floor, or is the floor uneven or rough? Our polyurethane treads and our spring-loaded casters are designed for a variety of these types of conditions.

Step 3: Selecting your casters

Once capacity and the caster application are understood, caster selection is next. Once you have a better idea of the industrial casters you need based on your answers to the questions above, now comes decisions on specific caster type, such as if you need a spring-loaded caster, or what type of swivel section you need for your swivel caster. The standard swivel sections are kingpin, kingpinless, and maintenance free. You would rarely select a kingpin caster unless you have a well-planned caster maintenance program or a unique application. The most common option would be a kingpinless caster which covers most applications. The third type, maintenance free, is best for ease of movement and eliminating routine caster maintenance. industrial casters

Step 4: Selecting your wheel

Selecting your wheel is next. This step is heavily influenced by your caster applications. For high-temperature settings, steel or high temp plastic casters are best. If maintaining floor conditions is priority 1, you will want a softer polyurethane. For heavier loads, you can use a larger polyurethane wheel or a Twergo™ Ergonomic Caster. And to keep the overall height down, steel and Nytec caster wheels handle heavier loads in a smaller size.

For a more in-depth guide on selecting your caster wheel, click here.


Step 5: Caster Ad-ons

industrial castersChoosing your options comes next. Caster add-ons such as brakes, swivel locks, and toe guards are also options to consider.
– Brakes lock the wheels in place to prevent the caster from rolling.
– Swivel locks will lock the swivel section in place to help maneuverability.
– Toe guards wrap around the caster to prevent injuries from rolling over the operator’s feet.

v groove casters

V-Groove Casters

V-groove casters are specialized wheel components used in various industries and applications to facilitate smooth and controlled movement. These casters V-Groove Casters

spring loaded caster wheels

Spring Loaded Caster Wheels

Spring-loaded, caster wheels are designed to absorb shocks and minimize the impact on the cart, resulting in smoother movement, reduced Spring Loaded Caster Wheels

61 Series Pneumatic Wheel Casters

Pneumatic Wheel Casters

Pneumatic wheel casters are designed to mimic car tires. Essentially, they are rubber wheels fitted around a metal hub. Many Pneumatic Wheel Casters

Maintenance Free Casters

Our line of maintenance-free casters is designed to reduce the force exerted to turn or start rolling when all caster Maintenance Free Casters

Flanged Wheel Casters

Flanged wheel casters are constructed of premium cast iron, ductile iron, or forged steel for high strength and long wear. Flanged Wheel Casters

55 Series Caster With Twergo Wheel

Ergonomic Casters

Ergonomic casters are designed to create less friction with the ground. This benefit can significantly reduce the force exerted to Ergonomic Casters

double wheel casters

Double Wheel Casters

Double-wheel casters are essential for smooth and efficient mobility in various applications. Whether you’re furnishing your office chairs, heavy-duty carts, Double Wheel Casters