We know that you have many options for the treads on your caster wheels. Here at our company, we do everything we can to offer you as many different caster wheels options as possible. One of the more popular kinds of treads is our polyurethane casters. These treads can be used in many different applications for a host of different reasons. Below, we’ll touch on some of the benefits of using polyurethane tread caster wheels. Additionally, we’ll cover some other kinds of wheels that you might be interested in.
Many of the customers who use polyurethane tread casters do so for an industrial setting. This means that they’re in factories, warehouses, and other similar locations. These polyurethane casters are used for medium and heavy-duty purposes day in and day out. Some industries have zero downtime forcing excessive usage and demand. This means that business owners need caster wheels that they can rely on. They can’t afford a setback in a failed caster wheel.
One of the most popular benefits to these casters besides versatility is their “wearability.” That may not sound like a real world, but when it comes to caster wheels, it’s actually quite important. It means that they won’t “wear down” when working under heavy loads, nor will they “wear out.” Instead, it means that you can rely on them for an extended period of time to get the job done. Specifically, these polyurethane treads are often sought after when the loads are quite heavy and taxing. The holding force and load capacity of some polyurethane casters can be quite strong indeed reaching as high as 3500 lbs per caster. Often, you’ll find that polyurethane casters are compared to rubber tires. There are quite a few similarities, however, on average; polyurethane tires provide a greater load-bearing capacity. Rubber tires might flatten out, or just simply break under some of the loads that these polyurethane casters might work under.
Protection for Ears, Protection for Floors
No one wants to have to deal with loud caster wheels. Whether you’re on the floor of the warehouse, working in the office, or at home, no one wants to hear noises coming out of the caster wheels. This is yet another reason that polyurethane tires are so popular. Compared to other kinds of caster wheels, these particular treads cause much less noise than other options. This has made them a great choice for a variety of locations.
At first, you might think “why would employees worry about the noise coming from caster wheels?” While this may not be a loud screeching, it can add up day after day. After all, employees that work with these kinds of wheels tend to do it day in, day out for several years on end. While a little bit of noise one day won’t mean much, over time, it can add up to significant hearing damage and worse. So, these wheels are a great way to protect the hearing of your employees over a long period of time.
Steel or cast iron wheels, without polyurethane treads around them, can cause quite a bit of noise. Sure, they’re durable and strong, but all that clanging can make quite a racket. That’s particularly true if the ground that your wheels are going to be on is quite uneven. If you’re in most modern warehouses or other workstations, then the ground is, in all likelihood, quite uneven. So, that uneven surface can make quite a bit of noise. Using polyurethane tread casters is a fantastic way to make sure that your employees can work in a quieter environment.
Sure, the floor in a warehouse or other industrial setting might see its share of marks, scrapes and other problems, but you don’t want to add to that unless you have to. These particular polyurethane casters are great about making sure that your floor is in as good of shape as possible for as long as possible.
One of the ways that our polyurethane treads are able to do this is through our proprietary injection mold process. Most manufacturers take short cuts by not injecting the tread mold fully through the center connector spacing. Our plant not only injects the resin through the center but makes sure it coils over closing the loop internally to full circle providing extensive industrial strength, durability, and longevity. Another contributor is tread width. In many cases, these polyurethane treads are wider than some other materials which may be a bit harder. So, that smaller, more concentrated wheel can damage floors much easier. Polyurethane treads, on the other hand, tend to be a bit wider. So, they spread out the stress concentration. Instead of keeping it focused and narrow, by spreading it out, they’re able to diffuse it. In all, this creates less stress on the floor itself. This can help your floor quite a bit in the long run.
Tough Tires for Tough Environments
Many industrial work environments can be tough. Sure, you might want them to be sterile, dry locations, but that’s not always the case. The environment could be wet, humid, or worse. There could be all kinds of chemicals around, or solvents, or something else that makes the work environment just a bit more difficult. Again, when the work environment is challenging, you want caster wheels and treads that are going to be able to meet the challenge, as opposed to shirking away from it.
Polyurethane treads don’t corrode when water’s about. They actually have quite a bit of resistance to water, which is just one more way that they prevail. They won’t just break down as soon as the environment gets a bit challenging. As much as we would like to, there’s just no way to perfectly, completely control the work environment. When things break down or become difficult, you need caster wheels that can help in practically all situations. Icon Casters are exactly what the doctor ordered.
Better Grip on Caster Wheels
Slippage. One of the last things anyone wants to deal with in an industrial environment is wheels that slip. That can create a dangerous, unsafe situation. Fortunately, polyurethane treads on caster wheels have a strong grip. Known by many in the industry as a “grippy” material, these particular tires are very resistant to sliding. With a strong ability to provide traction, they can help to make it easier to stay in control.
While there are harder materials for tires and wheels, they might slide a bit more. With polyurethane treads, you can reduce the amount of the load on the wheel while improving overall traction making it easier to get all of the driving force that you or your workers need to maintain control of direction.
Our Polyurethane Tires for Caster Wheels
At our site, you can get medium and heavy duty caster wheels made with polyurethane treads. We know that no two environments are exactly the same. Your industrial environment is going to be different from someone else’s, with different challenges than others, and vice versa. Therefore, no one application will have a universal solution.
That’s why we offer as many different options as possible. Go to our site and you’ll see all of the different types of caster wheels available almost instantly for your specific needs. If you can’t find it, we’ll make it. That’s the advantage of working with the Icon of casters. Don’t worry about needing extensive knowledge pertaining to casters. That’s our job! You can talk to our professionals directly and expand your knowledge base through chat, email or by phone. Just give us a call at (888) 726-0074.