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Heavy Duty Casters for the Toughest Jobs

September 13, 2019

There are jobs that the regular caster wheel can’t do. Sure, your light duty caster wheels are absolutely perfect when they’re moving some parts of your furniture, or wheeling small items around your home. However, when you need something heavy moved, and then the only options are heavy-duty casters. These caster wheels can take the toughest jobs, the ones that would make other caster wheels crumble (literally). While heavy caster wheels wouldn’t be perfect for every job, they’re the only caster wheels for many jobs. You can find a wide range of these kinds of casters at our site.

Our Heavy Duty Caster Wheels

When we say “heavy caster wheels,” we aren’t talking about carrying loads of say, one hundred pounds or something. When we say “heavy caster wheels,” we mean “heavy caster wheels” – indeed, our line of heavy caster wheels starts at carrying up to 3,000 pounds. To put that in perspective, that’s a ton and a half of weight. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you have to carry a ton and a half of weight every time, but for any job up to that weight limit, these caster wheels can get the job done.

Heavy Duty Casters

What makes these caster wheels (and our other heavy ones) so capable of carrying such a heavy load is, in part, their large swivel and wheel bearing. Indeed, the swivel bearing on our “Caster Model 30” (the lightest of our heaviest casters) is precision machined. That means that it can work when being moved by people or on mechanically-powered equipment. It swivels so well and so quickly that it can be swivel easily in any number of applications. Like so many of our other caster wheels, you won’t have to worry about this model for a long period of time. We’ve specifically designed them so that, when used properly, they can provide a long period of trouble-free performance.

The next highest level of caster on our heavy-duty list is the “Caster Model 50.” This one can carry up to three tons, or 6,000 pounds. That incredible weight rests upon the top plate and thick legs, both of which are quite large. Just as with our other models, we’ve made it so that it swivels as easy as can be. The last thing you want, obviously, when moving several thousand pounds, is casters that are difficult to deal with. Reliability is key with casters, which is just one more reason why we’ve made ours so durable.

Model 100 is where our heaviest duty casters move into a higher level of performance. In ideal conditions, Caster Model 100 can move up to 15,000 pounds per caster. Obviously, you won’t always be in operating conditions that can be considered ideal.  That number is a maximum, not to be exceeded. However, many of our customers use these caster wheels when they have to move something that’s 7,000 pounds or certainly more than they can safely; efficiently move with the Caster Model 50. Even with that high amount of moving power, these casters also have the same precision swivel bearing, the same easier swiveling that you’ll find on the other models.

For the heaviest of the heavy, we recommend the Model 150 caster. These can handle a whopping ten tons per caster. That’s 20,000 pounds – all, of course, under ideal operating conditions. To be able to handle that kind of weight, these casters have to be made in the heaviest duty fashion. That means that they have not a large top plate, but the largest top plate. Their legs aren’t just thick; they’re the thickest of anything that we offer. Even with all of that, they still swivel just as easily as the 30 Model and the others that can take on lesser loads. You can get these caster wheels with a swivel lock as well as a wheel brake if you’d like. It’s one more way that we can offer better service to our caster wheels customers.

What to Keep in Mind

It’s easy to get entranced by the incredible load capacity numbers of these caster wheels: three thousand pounds, ten thousand pounds, twenty thousand pounds – and so forth. However, (and we cannot stress this enough) it’s not recommended that you buy caster wheels just on the basis of their load capacity. That goes for every kind of caster wheel, too: from the lightest-duty ones to the heaviest duty.

The truth is that we give you these load capacity numbers, always, with the caveat of “in ideal operating conditions.” Well, if you’ve ever worked in any environment where thousands of pounds need to be moved from one place to another, then operating conditions are almost never ideal. Challenges can come up at any time, which can make the environment more difficult. So then, even the heaviest casters may not be able to handle the thousands of pounds like you had hoped.

Indeed, it’s also important to keep in mind that there really isn’t an accepted, universal standard for what load capacity ratings are. We can tell you what they are in ideal operating conditions, yes, but we can’t tell you with 100% certainty what they’ll be on your job. This is why we always recommend that customers (particularly newer ones) reach out to us about our products.  This is true whether the casters are being moved by folks or by machines.

Should they be moved by regular people, then we have clear advice: pick the biggest wheel diameter that’s practical for your business. Obviously, you don’t want to get something that’s overtly, comically large, but you also want to have something that can be easily moved by a person. Even the hardest working person, at peak strength, may struggle moving casters that have smaller wheel diameters. It’s a way of helping out your workers that helps your business, as well.

Should your casters be moved by machines, then that could reduce the capacity rating quite a bit. In fact, there are many factors that can lessen caster performance, almost all of which are mistakes made by people. Perhaps the most common kind of caster mistake is when the wheel is moved sideways. It happens often, many of us have done it, but we strongly recommend against it. It can weaken your caster wheels long ahead of their time.

We know that when you put loads on our caster wheels, particularly when they’re heavy loads lifted by people, it’s natural to just drop the load down. It can be a great relief: finally, after lots of hard work, the load can be dropped. However, this too is a mistake. Continually dropping heavy loads on our caster wheels can weaken or even break our strongest caster wheels. After all, they were designed to carry heavy loads across a distance; not deal with the full impact of the heavy loads dropped on top of that. That’s why, whenever possible, we recommend setting loads down on our casters evenly and as gently as possible.

Caster Wheels to get it done

For many of our heaviest caster wheels, we recommend moving them at no more than three miles per hour. That way, you can get the most performance out of these caster wheels while also making sure they’ll be able to do their best job on the next load, and the one after that, and so forth. Getting the best caster wheels for your company is often more complicated than just finding the heaviest ones online and then buying them. That’s why we’re always glad to sit down with potential customers and talk about what kind of jobs you’ll need caster wheels for. That way, you can always have the right caster wheels for your company. To set this up, give us a call at (888) 490-2969.

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