Portable and mobile storage companies offer a unique solution to many different types of needs. In today’s world many people have the need to store surplus items and belongings, and it can be difficult to make arrangements to transfer times to a local stationary storage facility. However, with mobile and portable storage companies, the storage container is brought to you. The mobile and portable storage companies also offer containers that can be utilized for other things beside storage containers.
They offer containers that can be used as portable offices on construction sites, and during special events, stations during disaster relief and for many other additional temporary space needs. Many portable and mobile storage companies, in addition to offering storage containers, also offer additional services. Many storage companies offer repair and maintenance services for their containers, and therefore, they are required to be mobile in all kinds of work. One of the easiest ways to speed up work and increase mobility is by making equipment and devices mobile by adding casters.
Options, Options, Options
There are many different types of casters available today. With improved technology there are many different shapes, sizes, and materials available that can determine the capabilities of the individual caster. The first thing to consider when deciding on which caster to use is what the caster will be required to handle. Then, figuring out how the caster will be attached to the furniture or equipment that needs to be made mobile will determine the type of stem or attachment plate that is needed.
Some of the different types available include: top plate, threaded stem, stainless steel, expanding adapter stem, square stem, grip ring stem, pipe thread stem, modular stem, top plate swivel, and the kingpinless top plate. After determining the attachment method there are still many other options to consider. The rolling balls of the caster come in many different types of material. Here, it is again important to remember the type of job that needs to be accomplished so as to choose material that is best suited.
Specific materials work better on hard floors and others work better on soft floors. Some are made especially to traverse rough terrain, while other materials are designed specifically to glide smoothly over the specific ground surface to help reduce noise. Some available material options include performa, performa conductive, polyolefin, polyurethane Hi-Tech, phenolic, cast iron, maxim, and thermo. In addition to the material of the rolling ball, the structural part of the caster is also available in different materials and colors. This makes it possible for the appearance of the caster to be noticed also and to play a more visible role. These small details can make large differences in how a caster looks and works and can be the determining factors in speed, efficiency and functionality of the individual casters.
Matching the Caster to the Job
To make the best choice it is vital to understand all the available options. And when it comes to small movable items like casters, there are many options due to the many different parts that make up a caster. In most cases casters are available in light, medium and heavy. This distinction refers not to the caster itself, but instead to the load capacity that each caster is made to handle. The casters themselves will indeed be different weights because of the material they are made out of and the structural design; however, the light, medium and heavy determination refers to load capacity. One of the surest ways to damage a caster and cause its early retirement is to use it for a job that it was not made for or to use it in conditions that it was not made for. Simply due to the material and construction and quality of the caster, it may hold up for a while; however, it is always best to match the caster according to its capabilities. Correctly matching the caster to the job will ensure that you get the best wear and tear out of each caster; this will save you money and time in the long run.
In addition to the many types of casters that are available with the regular options there are also specialty casters available. There can be certain situations that require special types of casters to help ensure that the job is performed better. There is a wide variety of specialty casters available to meet those needs. Some of the available options are: spring loaded door casters, gravity lock ladder casters, concealed side mount casters, die-cast aluminum leveling casters, rug runner casters, high-capacity, low overall height extra-thane casters and glass cutting table casters. Another specialty option that can be added is carbon steel ball transfers, they are made of a ball of steel or nylon and can roll omni-directionally thereby multiplying movement options tremendously. No matter what the type of job is at hand that needs to be performed, you can be assured that there is an appropriate caster for the job and choosing the right caster is an important decision.
Choosing Amidst a Plethora of Options
Having to make the right choice amidst so many options can be a difficult and daunting task. We at Douglas Equipment, having been in the industry for more than 50 years know and understand this difficulty. We strive to share our knowledge of the field with our customers and we always make it a goal to have products available. We want our customers to be well-informed and be able to make the decision that will best benefit them and their business. Please contact us Toll-free at 1-800-451-0030, locally at 305-888-3700, or by faxing us at 305-883-9563. You can also reach us electronically through the Contact Us section on our website. We look forward to serving you and helping you to decide which casters are the best ones for your company’s needs.