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.