Castors / Castor Wheels
Introduction to our Castors and Wheels
Castor wheels play a vital role in material handling and warehouse equipment industries. They are generally attached to trolleys or other handling equipment and aid in the transportation of materials and products in the workplace. Most castor wheels typically consist of a wheel that is attached to a castor frame, and is produced from a variety of wheel materials like rubber, nylon, urethane or other.
Uses for Castors and Wheels
Equip2Go has castor wheels available in a myriad of types, including castors that are produced with grey rubber castors, blue rubber castors, white nylon castors, urethane castors, stainless steel castors, and pneumatic and puncture proof castors. In addition to this, castors are available with either swivel frames or rigid frames. Swivel castors are able to turn 360 degrees while under load and are particularly useful for turning tight corners. Unlike swivel castors, rigid castors (also known as fixed castors) do not swivel, but are ideal for applications where products only need to be moved forward and backward in a straight line. Fixed castors are stronger than swivel castors and can handle higher weight capacities. The type of castor wheel that you require will vary depending on how you intend to use it. For example, stainless steel castors have superior steering abilities and as such, are suitable for wet environments. This makes them ideal for use in food and health industries. On the other hand, heavy duty urethane castors are good for transporting heavy materials, and are typically used for stock trolleys for automotive parts, industrial handling equipment and multi-purpose industrial trolleys.
What to look for / consider when choosing a Castor Wheel
Before choosing a castor wheel, there are significant factors and specifications that you should consider. Firstly, check that the load capacities of the items you wish to transport align with the load ratings of the castor wheel. It is important to avoid exceeding a castor’s load capacity, and be sure to choose a heavy duty castor for industrial applications. Secondly, inspect the operating environment for any chemicals or acids. If there are any present, steer clear of rubber castors and instead opt for urethane castors, as they are safe and able to withstand such chemicals. Thirdly, examine the floor conditions and choose the right castor wheel accordingly. For smooth and soft floors, go for a hard castor wheel, whereas for rough and hard floors, choose a soft castor like rubber castors and urethane castors providing strong floor protection. Finally, observe the wheel’s diameter and make sure to choose a castor wheel that is large enough to pass over any obstacles or obstructions in the floor like cracks.
Safety features in our Castor Wheels
We at Equip2Go are dedicated to ensuring your safety and security in the workplace. Consequently, our castor wheels are fitted with brakes that stop the wheels from moving around or travelling unnecessarily. An absence of these brakes could be especially dangerous in wet applications and/or in healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. This risk of injury is averted with the inclusion of brakes on our castors.
Additionally, there is a number of other measures that you can follow to reduce the potential for harm and improve safety when using castor wheels. For example, before purchasing a castor wheel, you should verify that it can support the load of your products and have a substantial enough wheel diameter. Both of these measures alleviate any unnecessary and potentially dangerous muscular strain and reduce the risk of back pain, preserving your health and security when transporting goods. Moreover, poorly surfaced floors can weaken the castor’s ability to travel and can affect their stability in the long run. By choosing castors that suit the floor conditions in your work environment and by maintaining clean and safe floor grounds, you can preserve the safety and efficiency of you, your staff and your workplace.
Equip2Go offers a broad selection of castor wheels that allow you to transport, distribute and store your products with ease. We also have expanding inserts and castor accessories available as well. We deliver throughout Australia, with our head office situated in Dandenong South, Victoria, and further sales and warehousing operations located in Campbellfield (VIC), Wetherill Park (NSW), Canning Vale (WA) and Yatala (QLD).