You can’t talk about things that make work easier without mentioning casters. Casters are simply a horn and wheel attached to load-bearing equipment such as hospital beds, platform trucks, hand trucks, etc., to make moving them around easier.
Casters come in several types based on the steering method and construction.
- One type of caster is the swivel caster, which allows you to make a tight circle by just rotating the wheel part. This is the most common type seen on shop floors, especially if there are a lot of hand trucks in use. With a swivel caster, you can turn left or right by pushing it in that direction.
- Another type of caster is a dual-wheel caster. With this type, the wheel part rotates an additional 90 degrees in addition to its ability to turn left or right. If you are worried about the movement of your equipment despite using two wheels, this is the best option.
- Casters with brakes are called locking casters. They have a braking mechanism that locks when it is not being pushed and prevents it from moving. It can be used on carpeted floors and in restricted areas. To use locking casters, make sure that they are free of debris and completely free of oil or grease.
- Rigid casters have a wheel part with a ball joint to ensure that the caster remains in place. These are usually used in large spaces, so they don’t get displaced.
Casters can also be categorized according to their capacity, i.e., heavy-duty, medium-duty, and light-duty casters.
The categories go on and on, including based on the materials. However, the most important ones are the capacity of the caster, type of steering and handles, materials used, and warranty.
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