What advantage do dual wheel casters provide vs. single wheel casters for heavy loads?
When selecting a caster for heavy loads. It is always best to ask yourself the following questions.
- What is the total weight being carried?
- Are you towing or pushing mechanically, or trying to move the equipment by hand?
- How often will you be moving it?
- How far will it be moved?
- At what speed will it be moved?
- Do you have specific size restrictions? For example: overall height?
There are many advantages in using a dual wheel caster vs. a single wheel for heavy loads. And the questions above will help you decide what to use.
Dual wheel casters can carry much more weight than a single wheel. And you can use a smaller wheel diameter to keep the overall height lower if needed. Also, the dual wheel design makes it easier to move. It takes less force to get a dual wheel swivel caster to change directions, so it will improve the ergonomics. Dual wheel casters tend to have a longer life because of their specific design for carrying heavier loads. They are also better in applications where it is important that you do not damage your floor. With a dual wheel caster, you are still able to use a polyurethane tire vs. a forged steel wheel on a single wheel caster. In many cases two poly wheels can handle the same load as a single wheel forged steel caster.
The important part when deciding to use a dual wheel vs. a single wheel caster is understanding your application and what you are trying to accomplish. Even if you feel comfortable with a particular style of caster (single or dual), it is always best to have a conversation with your Caster Concepts sales engineer for an expert analysis and application specific referral prior to purchase.
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