Heavy-duty casters have many uses in manufacturing and industry. Many people confuse the term caster and wheel. Casters differ from wheels. They are similar to wheels and are attached to equipment. The wheel is only one component of a caster. Casters are made with frames that support a specified amount of weight and can be designed in two ways:
- Casters can be manufactured to have a rigid frame.
- Casters may include an added functionality—unlike standard rigid wheels, to rotate in a complete 360o
These casters must be able to support a minimum amount of weight while being able to easily roll it on its wheels.
For ease of maneuverability, casters can be designed to pivot, meaning you’ll be able to transport your items with much more ease should you need to turn a corner—something that regularly transported items need.
- Swivel casters enable the equipment, table, or dolly to move and turn in restricted spaces.
- Ball-bearing casters are covered with a decorative case to provide more aesthetic appeal.
Both standard and heavy-duty casters may be equipped with a locking mechanism to secure the casters in place to keep the device in a stationary position.
What are the Uses for Casters?
For the purpose of moving furniture, the dolly supports the weight. The type of casters needed for this application can really benefit from the swivel and ball-bearing casters’ functionality. Casters are also utilized on the U-shaped tilt carts that are used in grocery stores to move food from the warehouse to store shelves. You may also recognize the casters on shopping carts that can somehow withstand harsh weather conditions. Such types of casters are designed for specific purposes, but if what you need is a standard caster, Douglas Equipment has that and more!
Read our article about the “Top 3 Heavy Duty Casters Wheels for Moving Furniture” here.
Standard casters are also used for furniture and appliances in the home. Decorative casters may be attached to shelving units, such as TV stands and desks. However, heavy-duty casters are often used in manufacturing plants, warehouses, and on other large objects that require mobility.
Other Uses for Heavy-Duty Casters
The distinction between standard casters and heavy-duty casters is the amount of weight that is safely supported by the caster. Heavy-duty casters may support from 3,000 to 44,000 lbs. They typically have sturdy frames and are often attached to the legs of the device with a sturdy steel plate. You’ll also find that these casters may be attached to equipment that is moved manually or with mechanical power.
One common use for heavy-duty casters is for standard dumpsters. Because dumpsters may contain a great deal of weight, and they must be mobile. This is a perfect job for heavy-duty casters, to hold and transport such industrial strength containers.
Another place you could use heavy-duty casters is in manufacturing plants that produce heavy machinery and equipment. They are used in aircraft assembly plants, auto assembly plants, and heavy equipment/earthmoving equipment manufacturing plants. The bottom line is that heavy-duty casters enable workers to move heavy parts and assemblies to various locations within the plant with much more ease making manual work less strenuous on the back of your employees.
Heavy-Duty Casters are Essential for Dollies and Platform Trucks
You wouldn’t have a car without the wheels. Likewise, you wouldn’t have a dolly or platform truck without casters. Heavy-duty casters are essential for successful operation of for these kinds of material-handling equipment. Determining what kind of heavy-duty caster you need for your dolly or platform truck is something that a Douglas Equipment representative can assist you with as all of our material-handling equipment can be custom-manufactured for your businesses specific purpose. However, we have an extensive online catalog of impressive material-handling equipment that you shop from on our website.
Learn the difference between a dolly and a platform truck in this article, “What Is the Difference Between a Dolly, Hand Truck, and a Folding Hand Truck?” here.
It’s worth noting that carts used in the manufacturing process also utilize heavy-duty casters, and they’re also used in the aerospace and aircraft manufacturing process to move large work pieces, assemblies and equipment. Another interesting use for heavy-duty casters is on airplane hangar doors. Heavy-duty casters for hangar doors may be of the rigid variety, but they must support the weight of the huge doors. The doors must be easily moved by one or two individuals, or by an automatic switch.
Have Casters Reinvented the Wheel?
It could be said that casters are the manifestation of reinventing the wheel. By creating a mechanism that connects the wheel to a platform, the task of hauling small and heavy items from one place to the next has improved drastically. Casters are just as important as the wheel itself. It makes it easier to transport items, and thanks to Douglas Equipment, there are ways to customize a caster to fit a specific purpose, whether it’s for heavy-duty applications or extreme weather conditions.
Uses for heavy-duty casters vary. Casters support and move a great deal of weight and are essential in certain manufacturing and industrial settings. To find or design the right kind of heavy-duty caster for your material-handling needs, contact the experts at Douglas Equipment for more information about the many uses of heavy duty caster wheels. Call our toll-free number 1-800-451-0030 at or contact us directly on our website today!