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Finding the Right Caster Load Capacity For Your Needs

With so many available options, choosing the right casters for your needs can be overwhelming. There are many factors to be considered when choosing the right caster for your needs.  As a top New England caster distributor for more than 75 years, our industry experts know everything you need to know about casters. We’ve summarized three important factors for choosing a caster for your specific needs.

Capacity: To find the capacity of a caster, add the weight of your cart and its contents, then divide the number of casters you will be using. Here are a few factors to keep in mind as you decide which capacity is right for you. What kind of surface will you be rolling over? Your carts may not be rolling over even surfaces. You should also factor in how your cart will be loaded, which puts extra weight on the casters in use. It’s always good to have a safety factor built in.

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Factor in Rollability For Your Application

Rollability: The ergonomics of a caster is an important factor to help avoid injuries. Is the load going to be pushed manually? The larger the wheel diameter, the easier your caster will be to push or pull. If wheel diameter is a factor there are wheel materials, like the Darcor SE Wheel that rolls easily under heavy loads in smaller diameters.  Other factors to take into consideration are floor conditions. Are the floors rough, smooth? Will there be debris or liquids on your floors? There are many options to choose from to meet your specific needs. The experts at C.P. Lauman will assess and pick the caster to fit your needs.

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Understanding Your Caster Operating Conditions

Operating Environment: Is noise a factor? Do you have debris on the ground or rough floors? A softer wheel like the Colson Performa Rubber wheel would be a good option if these factors are important to you. A quiet rolling, non-marking, and durable wheel with Performa Rubber offers cushion to roll over debris like metal chips with ease.  Polyurethane wheels are another option if noise is a factor and a heavier load is needed, also a non marking wheel it will not give a cushion ride or roll smoothly over debris. Is there water, oils or chemicals. In these conditions a stainless steel caster or precision sealed caster may be in need for longevity and to avoid corrosion.


Polyolefin (plastic), Polyurethane, Nylon or Performa Rubber wheels would be good options to use, always check the chemical list to make sure the wheel chosen will be compatible. High temperature involved, high temperature Phenolic or fiberglass wheels are best choices with 475 degrees continuous use and up to 525 degrees intermittent. Any questions on which caster and wheel to use call or chat online with a caster expert.  At C.P. Lauman, we carry the largest selection of motion technology products in New England, from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry.  We are confident that we have the perfect casters and caster wheel for your specific requirements. For expert advice, or if you need a custom solution for a unique application contact us today!


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