How To Choose The Right Castor
Five tips to help you choose the right castor for your specific application.
The Right Choice
Selecting the proper wheel or castor will give you maximum productivity, and minimise long-term costs. So here are a few a tips on how to choose the best castor suitable for your needs.
Things to consider, will your castor be rolling over debris, cords, floor joints, etc.; what is the condition and types of the floor surfaces, smooth, rough, uneven, broken concrete, coated concrete, asphalt, gravel, grass, carpet, hardwood, linoleum, tile etc.
Each of our wheels has unique physical properties, these features and benefits are available on each product page. For example: blue rubber wheels are best suited for smooth clean floors for whisper quiet performance. While our urethane wheels will operate on dirty uneven floors.
We ask you to look through the pages describing each of our wheels and castors. If you still have questions or wish to confirm your choice, please contact us.
The Ergonomic Choice
A person ultimately has to push or pull a piece of equipment. With that in mind, here are a few helpful facts: the larger the wheel diameter, the easier it will roll;
Try to select the largest practical wheel diameter the application will permit. Using this tip, helps ensure that you will maximise efficiency and productivity, and reduce work related injuries. Numerous factors need to be considered.
The Cost Choice
Initial cost is an important factor in a purchase decision; however, the fact is that choosing the least expensive castors that meet your requirements can save money up front but may actually cost you more in the long term; including the cost for maintenance, down time, and replacement.
Selecting stronger castors with a higher weight capacity, larger wheels, and better bearings ensures maximum productivity and longer caster life.
The Load Capacity
The first questions usually asked, focuses on what the total weight to be moved is (includes the weight of the trolley or equipment and the load it will be carrying) and on how many castors.
The simple formula is; divide the total load weight by the number of castors or wheels you will use. That will tell you the load capacity you will need for each castor or wheel (presuming you are using 4 castors). In any other situation, please contact us to discuss details.
The Type of Floor
In order to determine the proper wheel for your application, you need to consider the type and condition of the floors they will be rolling on.
- Wheels with soft non-marking rubber will provide the best floor protection on hardwood floors, such as in your home or in a school gymnasium.
- Wheels with polyurethane treads provide floor protection when soft rubber wheels lack the needed capacity.
There are also countless applications where only a hard plastic or metal wheel will do the job. Each of our wheels have numerous applications for which they are best suited. Please consult us on your application for the correct product.