Towing loads from one place to the next can take up time and resources, and if you haven’t chosen the right casters for the job, it may even increase the risk of injury. Our trademarked Drive Caster® was designed to simplify the process by reducing risk, enhancing productivity, and enabling profitability.
The Drive Caster is also available in a Drive Cart to eliminate manual pushing and pulling and can move up to 10,000 lbs. A major benefit of the Drive Cart is the motor can be disengaged so the cart can be utilized at higher speeds with a tugger or AGV. This makes it easy to maneuver from the tugger train to the work area, eliminating a major constraint in material transport.
Also available is The Drive Caster Trike, designed for moving trailers in enclosed spaces where traditional vehicles may not be able to maneuver. Capable of being fitted with a variety of trailer hitches, one person can safely and efficiently tow a trailer or cart weighing up to 5,000 lbs. with a tongue weight of around 500 lbs.
And by making heavy equipment loads easy to move, Caster Concepts has eliminated the need for manual pushing or pulling, reducing the risk of injury and the need for multiple operators.
The Drive Caster® can be used in any application and in any industry, from automotive to aerospace, warehousing to distribution. Adding a second Drive Caster™ doubles the caster load capacity that can be moved. It also enables tank-style steering, where each industrial drive caster pushes in opposite directions to turn.
Options and Add Ons
- -24V Dc
- -120-220V AV
- -Additional Options Available on request
- -Handle Bar mounted
- -Handheld Pendant
- -Wireless Remote
1/2 HP Solution with 8″ Diameter Wheel Packages
Please select 1 each of the options for the power source and for the control unit. These options are included in the standard package pricing. For any other considerations, please call, email or live chat with us for pricing and specifications.
Conversion Drive Caster
The Conversion Drive Caster is a fully integrated battery powered unit complete with a steering handle designed to move and maneuver loads up to 5,000 pounds. The unit features intuitive controls that can be mastered in just a few minutes of training. With customizable top plates, installation is as easy as replacing any caster.
Drive Caster™ Control Box
Our control units have been designed to be easily integrated into any drive system application. Control units can be changed by simply switching an input plug. The unit can accommodate 24V DC and 12-220v AC power sources. It can also be customized to accept a number of other power sources upon request. Units are capable of controlling multiple Drive Casters™ tank steering and omnidirectional applications.
Our wireless remotes can operate from as far as 100 meters away. It features a power switch, an emergency stop button, and a yoke-style control stick. This style of controller is capable of controlling omnidirectional vehicles such as the one featured in the video below.
Handle Bar Mounted Thumb Throttle
Our mounted control units offer variable speed in forward and reverse. An easy-to-use control yoke makes operating a breeze.
Handheld Pendant Controller
Our pendant controller is designed for some of the most simple Drive Caster™ applications. The intuitive controls are fitted with a forward, reverse, and emergency stop button.
Caster Concepts has a wide variety of caster options. Many of these not only improve function – but also provide safety and add longevity to the product. When considering safety options, the most common consideration would be caster locks, caster brakes, toe guards, and reinforced legs. Options that extend the life of a caster are primarily options that seal the bearing of the caster to prevent contamination of the precision parts.
Other options include threaded zerks for when an application is difficult and high level of maintenance is required and rack brush wipers that keep debris from stopping movement or damaging a wheel. These options can be added at the time of manufacturing or after the caster is fully assembled.
Wrap Around Brake
The wrap around brake provides total access to the braking system regardless of the caster orientation.
Single Side Brake
The single-side brake is an economical brake for medium heavy-duty casters with 6- to 12-inch diameter wheels.
Pneumatic Poly Cam Brake
Similar to the standard poly cam brake in operation, the pneumatic poly cam brake offers a greater movement of the brake shoe to compensate for pneumatic tires. The brake is foot-operated.
Face Contact Brake
The face contact brake is activated by tightening the brake shoe against the wheel.
Dual Side Brake
The dual side brake is a cost-effective hub brake. Each brake lever must be engaged by the operator.
The cam brake is used on lighter-duty casters. This brake provides an efficient, cost-effective hub braking system.
A polyurethane lock roller engages a steel brake shoe against the tread of the wheel providing positive engagement of the tread. Levers can be mounted “toe out” (shown) or reversed to “toe in.”
Passive Swivel Lock
The passive swivel lock is used when full mobility of a unit is needed. The swivel lock plunger engages a detent and locks the caster for straight-line movement. When side thrust is applied, the swivel unlocks providing maximum maneuverability of the unit. This swivel lock is NOT RECOMMENDED for towed applications.
Factory Installed Swivel Lock
The swivel lock provides notches every ninety degrees for use in straight line movement of the cart. Also available in 1, 3 or 8 position.
Heavy Duty Swivel Lock
The heavy-duty swivel lock provides a longer, more accessible handle made from machined steel.
Demountable Swivel Lock
The demountable swivel lock is a field-installed option available up to the 71 Series.
Vertical Mounted Swivel Lock
The vertical mounted swivel lock is mounted out of the way, under the yoke base of the caster. Used mostly in heavy-duty applications, this swivel lock provides a more secure locking feature.
Heavy Duty Demountable Swivel Lock
The heavy-duty demountable swivel lock is a field-installed option available for the 80s and 90s series of casters.
Foot Actuated Swivel Lock
The locking mechanism on the foot-operated swivel lock is the same as the standard swivel lock. To engage or disengage the lock, there is a pedal that can be operated by foot to improve ergonomics and speed of locking/unlocking a swivel caster.
Threaded Zerks Grease fittings for every size caster.
Caster Toe Guards
The toe guard is mounted approximately one-half of an inch off the floor to help protect workers’ feet. It can be used in both manual and power applications.
Track Brush Wiper
Add a track wiper brush for extra protection against debris and build-up. Track wiper brushes are utilized when any type of wheel is running on a track where debris can stop the movement, damage the wheel or take it off the track.
Rubber inserts provide maximum protection against debris within sealed wheels.
Caster Steering Tubes
Slots for steering handles allow precision motion control for casters with steering tubes. Steering tubes are used on industrial casters that carry heavy loads and need to be manipulated in very tight places.
Angle Reinforced Legs
Heavy-duty angle reinforced legs provide maximum strength and rigidity. Reinforced Legs either angle iron on the outside of the leg or gussets on the inside serve to strengthen the caster when exposed to side loading.
Heat Treated Raceways
Heat-treated raceways in swivel casters are designed to prevent brinelling of the raceways.