A caster is a type of wheel that allows you to easily maneuver the object to which it’s attached. Because they come in many different types and sizes, it can be helpful to have some basic information before selecting casters; this way, you can be confident about choosing the right ones for your needs. To find the most appropriate one for your needs, below are four questions to ask yourself.
Questions to Ask Before Buying Casters
1. What Function Do I Need Them to Perform?
First, know what you need your casters to do; in most cases, this will be moving an object from one place to another. But how often will that object need to be moved? Just once in its lifespan, multiple times each day, or some number in between? If an object is being moved only rarely and not very far, a stationary caster that moves in a straight line may be all that is needed. More frequent or longer moves will require a swivel caster that can navigate multiple turns and terrains.
2. What Will They Be Attached to?
Find out the approximate weight of the item the wheels will be attached to. In general, bulkier and heavier items will require larger casters that can support a more substantial weight load. Also, think about the tools you'll need to attach them, such as drills, nuts, bolts, and washers.
3. Do I Need Brakes?
Brakes make it easy to secure the object you're moving and hold it still when it's not in motion. Not all items are going to require brakes; for instance, a cart that is used regularly throughout the day may not need brakes if its load is light and it’s in motion more often than not. But, typically, people choose casters with brakes as they provide a certain level of safety and peace of mind.
4. Do I Need Floor Protection?
Think about the floor under the spot where the item will be parked. Depending on the type of floor and the size of the caster, the casters may leave marks or indentations the longer they sit. Purchase caster cups to provide a protective barrier between the floor and the wheels.
When you need casters, Casters, Wheels and Industrial Handling carries a large inventory. Serving the Farmingdale, NY, area since 1959, they offer light-, medium-, and heavy-duty casters and wheels, as well as hand trucks and backstage equipment. They are your one-stop resource for your industrial handling needs. Call (631) 650-0500 or visit them online for a full list of products.