Casters are incredibly useful when it comes to furniture that needs to be moved around, including tables, chairs, cabinets, and so on. Like any other application, the right casters make things easy, and they’ll last a long time. You also need to think about the floor surface. For hard floor surfaces like concrete, tile, or wood, urethane or soft rubber casters are best. For carpeted floors, hard wheels are best, and the thicker the carpet, the wider the wheels should be. The weight of the piece is also important. Casters are available for light, medium, and heavy furniture. Remember to divide the weight of the furniture by the number of casters. For example, if you have a 200-pound table with four wheels, then each one needs to support 50 pounds. It’s good to have excess capacity, though, because the weight load often shifts when you move the furniture. California Caster offers a huge variety of furniture casters. Check our website to learn more, or call us anytime for friendly, knowledgeable help.
When it comes to choosing casters, one of the first decisions you’ll make is rigid or swivel. Here’s what you need to know.
Rigid Casters: One Direction
Rigid or “fixed” casters allow you to move your materials or equipment back and forth in a straight line. They can’t turn corners, but they’re stronger than swivel casters and can support heavier loads. If you’re using rigid casters, you need to make sure they all line up in the same direction.
Swivel Casters: Any Direction
If you need maneuverability, swivel casters are your best choice. Swivel casters rotate 360 degrees, so you can turn corners, move the cargo sideways, and so on. They’re also harder to move in a straight line and change direction. That’s why shopping carts, for example, have fixed casters in back and swivel casters in front. The fixed casters at the back act as a fulcrum, making it easier to turn corners and also to move the cart in a straight line.
California Caster carries rigid and swivel casters for any application. Check our website, or call us anytime for friendly, knowledgeable help.
Shopping for casters? Be sure you know what load capacity you need. All casters are rated for maximum weight, so you’ll need to know how much weight you expect to put on them. There are three main groups of caster load capacities.
Light-Duty Casters – Office Furniture
Light-duty casters have capacities of 75-145 pounds and are often used in offices and other applications involving chairs, tables, carts, or desks.
Medium-Duty Casters – Light Industrial Equipment
Medium-duty casters support up to 325 pounds and are commonly used in commercial and medical environments, including hospital beds, medical carts, and light industrial applications.
Heavy-Duty Casters – Heavy Industrial Applications
Heavy-duty casters are designed for major industrial applications, with capacities of 1250-8000 pounds. They’re ideal for heavier medical equipment and industrial machinery.
Our casters and wheels are designed and built to deliver trouble-free service for many years. Inspecting, cleaning, and lubricating your wheels and casters often – and replacing them promptly when they’re worn out – helps keep them doing their job.
Inspect your casters and wheels regularly
Regular visual inspection of your casters and wheels will usually tell you if anything needs attention. Like any equipment, casters are subject to wear and tear. Inspect all caster components, along with the screws/bolts attaching the caster to the equipment. Replace any casters and/or fasteners that show wear or damage.
Lubricate your casters and wheels often
Adequate lubrication helps keep casters rolling smoothly. Lubricate all caster wheels and fittings every six months to keep them working properly. If your equipment is used in wet or corrosive environments, the lubrication schedule should be more frequent – as often as once per month.
Replace worn out or damaged casters
When your casters and wheels wear out or become damaged, replacing them promptly helps safeguard your valuable equipment and maximize productivity. Call California Caster anytime you need replacement casters or parts, or check our website.
When you need wheels or casters, either as replacements for your worn-out casters or for a piece of equipment that doesn’t already have wheels, it’s good to know the terminology. This is a quick primer. Casters have three basic parts: top plate, fork, and wheel. The top plate is exactly what it sounds like: a flat piece of metal, usually with four screw holes to attach it to the equipment. The fork is attached to the top plate and holds the wheel, with an axle going through the middle of the wheel and attaching to each side of the fork. The wheel is self explanatory. Some casters swivel, while others are rigid (can’t turn corners). When you call us looking for casters and wheels, we’ll use terms like “wheel diameter,” “top plate thickness,” and so on. If something doesn’t make sense, just ask. We’re here to help!