Call Now: 800-822-8833

4 Factors to Consider when Selecting Casters for Industrial Equipment

Thinking of streamlining your processes and achieving greater efficiency? Heavy duty casters can make it easier and faster to move things around in your workspace. Casters can be installed on existing or new equipment to make it mobile. However, not just any caster will do. The wrong type can fail and disrupt your operations and even damage your flooring, all of which can be costly to fix. It is essential to determine the right type of caster to ensure that your equipment functions properly while maintaining the safety of your facilities.

Selecting Casters

Determining which Heavy Duty Casters You Need Depends on:

  • Size and Load Capacity. Casters come in varying load capacities and sizes. No matter what you need, however, you want casters that are durable and long-lasting. If you’re in the material handling industry, medium to heavy duty casters work with everything from hand trucks and cars in warehousing to retail and food service. Casters can also be used for tool chests and aircraft maintenance. Heavy duty casters can be used for more demanding jobs such as assembly lines.
  • Weight to be moved. The weight that your equipment typically handles should also factor into your final decision. For instance, light-duty casters can handle up to 40 pounds, while medium duty casters can handle as much as 300 pounds. If your typical weight capacity exceeds 300 pounds, heavy duty casters can support up to 3,500 pounds.
  • Maneuverability. If you need a high level of maneuverability for your equipment, swivel casters will likely work best. If your industrial equipment only needs to travel in a straight line, fixed casters can be enough for the task. If you’re considering swivel casters, swivel locks make it possible to secure the casters to move in one direction when necessary.
  • Climate Considerations. The climate or environment in which your casters will be used have a bearing on what type of wheel and finish you need. Casters are rated by the expectations of the climate in which they will be used. Make sure to ask your supplier about the right rating to ensure optimum performance for your casters.

CMH Can Help You Choose the Best Industrial Equipment for your Business

Casters are an excellent tool for improving efficiency, but make sure to carefully consider caster size, weight, maneuverability, and climate to ensure control and safety while operating industrial equipment. CMH has the knowledge and expertise to help you determine the best casters for your workplace. Contact CMH at (800) 822-8833.