Small caster wheels are used to enable mobility on many different equipment and devices. They are also commonly found on furniture, shelving units and other large objects that need to be moved.
Depending on the application and environment, small caster wheels have varying strengths to withstand the weight of the objects that they are mounted on. This makes them ideal for a wide range of industries, from medical to industrial.
Caster wheels vary in their material choices, including elastomers (rubber and polyurethane), phenolic, nylons, and steel. They also come in various grades to suit a variety of applications.
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Most caster applications require the wheels to function with a bearing, which is what keeps the wheel rolling and secures it to the rig it’s on. Several types of bearings are available, including roller, tapered and ball bearings.
Whether it’s a light-duty or heavy-duty caster application, having the right equipment with features such as brakes can help keep your equipment safe and out of harm’s way. Choosing a brake design that matches the caster’s wheel type, swivel radius and load capacity will improve its operation and safety in your application.
Unlike swivel casters that pivot around a kingpin, kingpin-less casters have a raceway that is forged together instead of bolted and nutted to the rig. This provides greater strength and can be used in abusive applications where a kingpin type caster may fail. This type of caster is especially well suited for shock load applications.