When thinking of the construction industry a few adjectives immediately spring to mind, tough, durable, heavy-duty and hard-working. The construction industry is considered to be one of high-hazard and covers many lines of work including new construction, alteration and repair. Construction workers engage in a wide range of activities, many of which can expose them to dangerous activities and materials. It is an area of work that requires attention to detail and cautionary actions. It is a labor-intensive line of work that requires much from its workers. Anything in the industry, including people and tools, has to able to withstand major wear and tear, heavy use and extreme conditions. The construction industry is a hard-working industry and the tools, equipment and accessories used need to be just as hard-working as the people using them.
Everything In the Industry is Expected to Work Hard
Due to the high use and the work required from tools, equipment and machinery in the construction industry it is vital that all parts and accessories be appropriately matched to ensure even wear and tear and to promote longevity. If parts are mismatched it can cause early breakdown, which results in lowered efficiency on the job and higher job costs in the long run. These are two areas in which those in construction industry management strive to have the other way around. Time spent on the job equates to money lost or earned in the construction industry and therefore, they strive for higher efficiency and lower costs in every aspect of business.
An Often Overlooked but Very Important Small Item
A small but very important item that is used daily in the construction industry, in varying capacities is the simple caster. The caster, the mechanism which allows many items to be made mobile, is a small item that can have large impact on speed and efficiency in the workplace. Making items mobile cuts down on the items that need to be carried by other means, which can speed up activity while lowering physical stress on workers. However, as previously mentioned it is vital that the tools, equipment, machinery and accessories utilized for work in the construction industry be just as rough and tough and able to withstand the required wear and tear of the heavy-duty work being performed. So when it comes to parts, even the small parts, it is important that they be of heavy-duty quality.
Casters are available in many different shapes, sizes, weights and material and there are plenty of options that are suitable for use in the construction industry. They are available in light, medium and heavy. These designations refer not to the casters themselves, but to the weight load capacity that they can handle. However, for the construction industry, with the required workloads associated with the business it is usually useful to have the heavy-duty casters to ensure that they are always able to withstand the sometimes unexpected loads and work conditions that present themselves. The heavy-duty options are more sturdy and durable and are constructed in a manner and of certain material that is made to withstand heavier use and higher load capacities.
Qualities and Characteristics of Heavy Duty Casters
Heavy-duty casters have a load capacity ranging from 1250 lbs each to 8000 lbs each. They are available with different mounting options, including top-plate swivel, stainless steel top-plate swivel and kingpinless top-plate swivel. The rolling ball that actually makes the caster moveable is available in many different materials, including: endura solid, forged steel, performa, performa rubber, performa conductive, polyolefin, polyurethane Hi-Tech, phenolic, cast iron, maxim, moldon polyurethane, moldon nylon, moldon rubber, and thermo. Each material is designed for specific uses and it is best to determine the use that you will be needing it for to determine the best material to purchase. The different materials provide certain qualities such as shock-absorption, soundless movement, the ability to traverse rough terrain and other important qualities that can ensure that a job is accomplished in the best way possible.
Additionally, some of the standard features of heavy-duty casters include:
1.Attractive zinc plated finish
2.Full double ball hardened raceways.
3.1/2″ hollow axle with grease zerk and lock nut
4.Plastic seal/retainer washer (roller bearing models).
5.1/4″ steel top plate for durability.
6.Permanent rivet king pin with 3/4″ diameter rivet.
7.Grease fittings: wheel bearing and swivel raceway.
8.“Colson 45″ multi-temp grease lubricates in extreme hot and cold temperatures
These options in combination with the attachment mechanism and material provide many specific options to choose from. The many options allows for a near custom choice to be made from the standard options. If the need should arise for a less heavy duty-caster to be used there are also plenty of options available. Just as can be seen, even within the one category of heavy-duty casters, there is a large variety of combinations that can be put together to have the appropriate caster for the job. The other categories also provide a myriad of options for lighter work and workloads ensuring that you can have the best caster for any job.
With So Many Options the Choice Can Be A Difficult One
Douglas Equipment, a South Florida business in existence since the 50s, has gained a reputation for knowledge of the industry and product expertise. We pride ourselves in offering superb customer service and in knowing that we can help you accurately determine the best equipment and caster choice for your business’s line of work. We understand that making the right choice can be a difficult one, especially in today’s world where more options is considered better. We hope to make your job easier and strive to do so by doing our job to the best of our ability. We aim for customer satisfaction so that you in turn can concentrate on satisfying your customers and clients. Please contact us Toll-free at 1-800-451-0030, or locally at 305-888-3700. You can also reach us by through the Contact Us section on our website. We look forward to working with you and helping you to determine the best options for your business.