Fixed, swivel or swivel braked
Most people only consider the size and weight rating when choosing a castor, but several factors go into the decision-making process to ensure you get the right solution for your project. Here are just a few.
Its construction materials, and design determine the castors load-rating. The load-rating is an essential part of the calculation when selecting the correct type, size and number of castors required to meet your expectations for performance and longevity.
Fixed or Swivel
Fixed castor brackets do not move, and are best for minimal turning. Swivel caster brackets turn freely offering maximum manoeuvrability. Braking castors are ideal for converting a mobile unit into a secure work platform, holding secure on sloping ground.
Size & Clearance
Consideration is needed when choosing the correct size castors, checking all dimensions and whether the unit will still fit in the confined space. As castors offer a wide variety of sizes, it’s easy to find a solution that will work within any dimensional limitation your project may have.
The means of fastening a castor will be affected by the stresses for which it’s designed. Castors carrying a lighter load often are secured by a bolt hole or socket fitting type. Rectangular plate mounting is more suitable for heavy use whereby the load can be evenly distributed.
The surface you intend to use a castor on will determine the material used for the wheel. Different materials and tread create different amounts of resistance, affecting the starting effort and continued ease of motion.
Take into account any hazards within the environment where the castor is employed, such as heat, chemicals and sharp or abrasive materials. Different castor wheel materials offer various resistances to hazards.
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Talk to the Wheelco team about the right Castor for your situation. Our knowledgeable staff will ensure you have the right solution.