Imagine a world without casters. You’ll have a difficult time pushing those heavy appliances and you may even damage the floor while doing so. Fortunately, casters are here to stay and they’re easy to install. Before you bring out your screwdrivers and pliers, it’s important to know how to shop for the right kind of caster for your equipment. You can choose from light, medium, and heavy-duty caster wheels.
Casters without Wheels
These casters use air to lift objects, such as dryers, and washers. The frames have air bearings, which results in frictionless movements. They can support a load weighing between 100 pounds and 20,000 pounds.
Casters for Hospitals
When looking for casters you can use in health care institutions, consider those with shock-absorbing features and swivel locks. Casters that roll easily and operate quietly are perfect as they won’t be disturbing patients when healthcare workers make their rounds. If you’re mounting casters on hospital beds and other equipment, check if the product meets ISO standards. This way, you can be confident that you’re getting high quality products. Choose stainless steel or nickel-plated heavy-duty caster wheels for gurneys and wheelchairs. Make sure the casters have zerk fitting and grease seals. Zerk fitting is a lubrication fitting found in some mechanical systems. It makes adding grease using a grease gun easy.
Casters for Warehouses and Factories
For the manufacturing industry, you can use heavy or medium-duty casters with grease seals. Consider the product’s swivel feature, material used for treading, wheel size, and load capacity. If you’re going to expose casters to corrosive materials and oils, choose those made of phenolic, polyolefin, or steel. Never choose rubber casters in this environment.
Casters for the Hospitality Industry
Heavy duty, ball bearing swivel casters made of rubber are perfect for the hospitality industry. Choose easy to clean casters that can work in high temperatures, between -60 degrees Fahrenheit and 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
When buying casters, consider the work environment you’re going to use them on. Exposing casters to elements they can’t withstand can lead to problems and even accidents. Ball bearing casters and stainless steel casters are the common types used in most industries.