Casters are wheeled devices that you mount to objects to help move them around with ease. They come with rigid and solid frames that house the wheels. The swivel type is common in chairs, where the caster can rotate 360 degrees. Of course, some other pieces of furniture also utilize this type. With the rigid frame, you have straight-line travel. While some pieces come with casters already, many people like to add them for the sake of convenience. If you’re in this camp, here is what you need to consider when choosing a caster.
Before you purchase caster wheels, you need to think about your flooring. The last thing that you want to have to deal with is mounting a caster only to find out that it won’t move on your floor. Likewise, you don’t want wheels that tear your floor up or that will undergo too much wear and tear depending on the material that you use. Wheel performance is important, especially if you’re moving around heavy equipment in a warehouse. Warehouse jobs tend to be dangerous in terms of the number of injuries that take place.
In terms of casters, you have to think about the average load weight. Each caster is going to be capable of a different weight. If you put too much weight on the wheels over time, they will give out or in some cases, won’t work at all. You have to take into consideration what the caster’s most common uses are before you mount one. In order to get the most out of your caster, you should take the gross weight of the truck or dolly and divide it by the number of wheels to figure out weight distribution. The higher your load weight, the more you need a larger or dense wheel.
You might not think so much about climate when it comes to moving boxes, furniture or dollies. The truth is that extreme cold or heat is a problem for wheels. You have to be able to check the recommended operating temperature for various types of wheels. Even with indoor heating and cooling, there will be times where your equipment has to deal with the elements. Pay attention to temperature if this is the case.
When it comes to the convenience of being able to move your objects around with ease, casters are incredibly helpful. They offer convenience, reduce injuries and more. Of course, when choosing the right wheels, you have to consider conditions of floor, climate and the load.