Consider These Factors Before Choosing Your Wheels

Your caster wheels carry a lot of weight. They can make the difference between a successful operation and one that falls apart immediately. When you choose the wheels that will provide mobility in your daily tasks, make sure to consider these factors.

Size

The size of your wheels will make a difference in how easily you can move your equipment from place to place – a 4 inch caster wheels may be easier to roll than a smaller one, but you may need a larger wheel to place on a larger piece of equipment.

Weight

The weight of the shelves, chairs, tables, or whatever else you need to move will help determine the type of caster wheels you need to purchase. Each aspect of the wheels you choose will affect how much weight it can carry and whether it can effectively do so for the time you need.

Mechanisms

The wheel’s ability to turn, as well as adjust the height, is crucial to its function, but not all moving mechanisms work the same way. You’ll find that the wheels of your mobile shelving units, for instance, can have electric, hydraulic, manual, or pneumatic systems, each of which requires a different power source:

  • electric mechanisms require cables connected to an outlet,
  • hydraulic mechanisms use hydraulic fluids,
  • manual mechanisms need human operators to function,
  • pneumatic mechanisms utilize compressed air for their power.

Material

The composition of your wheels can affect how long you’ll be able to use them, so choose something that will likely last a while. Experts recommend nylon, polyurethane, rubber, or neoprene as slip-resistant, rust-resistant, and durable materials.

Attachments

Your wheels should attach to their spots easily and in a way that gives you access if you need to perform maintenance. For racks or shelves, choose threaded, plated, or stem attachments.