More expensive usually means better quality and performance and longer life, but a more expensive caster isn’t always the best choice. Focusing on a caster’s performance should always come first. Load capacity The first and most important consideration for a caster is always its load capacity, or how much weight it will support. If you need to move machines that weigh 400 pounds each, and you’ll be using four casters, then each caster needs at least a 100-pound load capacity—“at least,” because it’s usually wise to have some “capacity headroom.” Caster size Caster size is also important. Bigger casters generally mean better maneuverability and smoother movement. Choose the biggest caster that can be used safely for your application. If it’s too big, it’ll raise the center of gravity of your load, increasing the chances of tipping over. To get the best performance and lowest cost, look at the more expensive casters first and then compare them will less costly options that have comparable performance and reliability. If the most expensive one is going to last far longer and be easier to use, then that might be your best choice. On the other hand, if a cheaper one will last almost as long and won’t compromise performance noticeably, then that could be a better choice. Call us for expert advice At California Caster, we’re experts at helping customers get the best performance for the lowest price. Visit our website to find out more, and contact us anytime for friendly, knowledgeable assistance.