We always aim to offer our customers as many different kinds of caster wheels as possible. That way, they can find the right caster wheels for the job. There are plenty of caster wheels at our site that can handle light and medium duty jobs. When the workload isn’t going to be that much, when the loads aren’t going to be very heavy, then these are the right caster wheels. However, there are times when you need more than that when the caster wheels that can handle light duty and medium duty won’t get the job done. In those circumstances, you’re going to need heavy duty caster wheels.
What We Mean by “Heavy Duty”
“Heavy duty” is one of those phrases that everyone has a separate definition of. What’s “heavy duty” to you may be “medium duty” to someone else. However, when it comes to caster wheels, there’s an essentially agreed-upon definition: 2,000 to 44,000 pounds. That’s heavy duty. From one ton and up. Now, with a range of basically 42,000 pounds, caster wheels that are “heavy duty” can differ quite a bit from each other.
These kinds of casters are made out of all different kinds of materials. It’s not like some casters made of some materials are considered “heavy duty,” you can actually get “heavy duty” casters made from multiple kinds of materials. Obviously, many of these kinds of caster wheels are made out of metal. Metal is strong, sturdy, and can withstand quite a bit. However, it’s important to note that there are many kinds of materials that are heavy duty in addition to metal.
Polyurethane has proven to be quite popular in caster wheels that handle heavy duty and medium duty loads. In large part, that’s because they offer the benefits of light to medium duty wheels like rubber, only in a stronger package. Additionally, we have plenty of caster wheels made out of what’s called “thermoplastic elastomers” and “phenolic resin.” As you might imagine from those names, these are more technologically advanced kinds of caster wheels. We understand if those names can appear a bit confusing. That’s why we’re always glad to answer your questions. If you’re unsure about which kinds of caster wheels are right for you, give us a call.
It’s important to note that there are many different kinds of casters that can be considered as “heavy duty” as well. Some casters have a “swivel,” which means that they can move in essentially any direction. You can turn them to go in the direction that you would like, and then go in that direction. By that same token, “rigid” casters are exactly what they sound like: casters that only go forwards and backwards. They can go in one direction, or they can go back. As we’ll touch on below, it’s important to know as much as possible about the environment that your caster wheels will be working in before making a final purchase.
Picking Heavy Duty Caster Wheels
When you’re looking for caster wheels for the heavier loads, it’s important to know what to look for. It may seem like the right thing to do in a given circumstance is to just pick the heaviest duty caster wheel possible, but that’s not always the right idea. Some of the wheels that are the most heavy duty aren’t right for every environment. To use an example, a caster wheel that’s “heavy duty” for an industrial setting, for a busy warehouse floor, might not be the right caster wheel for a heavy duty office or retail setting. This is just one more reason that we’re so proud to maintain such a large catalog: so that we can offer our customers as many caster wheels as possible.
One important factor to take into account when picking the caster wheels for your heavy duty setting is temperature. Most people tend not to think of caster wheels as something that can be affected by temperature, but the truth is that they can be significantly affected. Temperature can break down caster wheels that aren’t built to withstand it. Before you purchase your caster wheels, know the temperature of the location that you’re buying them for.
For example, a warehouse without air conditioning is going to have a different temperature range than an office with central air. Of course, when you’re getting these caster wheels, the keyword is “range.” You want caster wheels that will work best for the extreme highs and lows. Many desert locations get very hot during the summer days, but they can get eerily cold during the winter nights. The right caster wheels will be able to withstand and work hard in any temperature fluctuations.
Floors and Environments
Caster wheels have to be right for the floors as well. On our site, you can find caster wheels that work with certain wood floors, but not every floor is made of wood. Many floors, even those in warehouses and the like, are made not to be marked or suffer damage. You have to take that into account when choosing your caster wheels. Wheels that are more likely to scrape and mark your floors might not be the right option, even if they are heavy duty enough for the applications that you’re looking for.
By that same token, “the floor” is not the only part of the environment that your caster wheels will be interacting with. It’s natural to think that, but it’s not the case. For example, caster wheels can make quite a bit of noise, in some environments as well. That can cause a problem for your employees over a given period of time. One day, one week, one month, the noise from caster wheels might not be so bad. However, over a decade or more, every day, eight hours a day at least, that noise can take a significant toll on a person’s health, both physical and mental. If caster wheels are going to get a lot of loud work alongside people who will be doing that work, then noise reduction should be taken into account, too.
Most of us don’t tend to think of caster wheels as something that can be affected by certain environments, but they absolutely can. Caster wheels that are going to be working in humid or wet environments, in a bay or tropical area, have to be able to withstand those environments. After all, you don’t want to have to buy new caster wheels every year because they keep corroding (or worse) on you. By making sure that you get caster wheels that can fit your environment, you’re protecting your investment.
All Types of Caster Wheels
Earlier, we cautioned against getting caster wheels that might be a bit too heavy duty for your particular location. By that same token, you don’t want to miss in the opposite direction, either. Believing that your environment doesn’t require caster wheels that are heavy duty caliber, then getting caster wheels that can’t do the job, can be a nightmare. With our full, extensive catalog to choose from, you can find the right caster wheels for your workplace or home, the kind of caster wheels that can withstand the test of time.
One thing to keep in mind about caster wheels is that you don’t have to buy a bunch that are exactly the same. You can get caster wheels that swivel as well as some rigid ones, you can buy some made from one material and others from another. Our professionals will be glad to help you through the process. We understand that not everyone grows up making caster wheel purchasing decisions, so our experts can help you to find the right caster wheels for your location. To talk to one of our pros about your situation and caster wheels, call (888) 726-0074.