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Different Types of Casters
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:19:31 PM »
Are you looking to put something on wheels? You should know right away that not every type of caster will suit every item. Here are just a few different types of casters and how to use them.


Swivel casters have the ability to rotate under their plates. They're excellent for things like office chairs and garage toolboxes where space is limited and maneuverability matters. If you're looking for wheels that can handle sharp corners and abrupt backtracking, seek out swivel casters.


Rigid casters can't be swiveled. They can move back and forth but not side-to-side or around in circles. Many people look for rigid casters when they're transporting important cargo that they don't want jostled or endangered in any way. When you can only move your dolly back and forth, you minimize the risk of something happening to its contents.


Lightweight casters can only support a few hundred pounds, but they're also more flexible and affordable than other types of casters. If you only need wheels for a bookshelf or workbench, lightweight casters can save you a lot of money down the road. They usually come equipped for DIY installation, too.

Heavy Duty

Heavy duty casters can withstand thousands of pounds at a time. They're typically made of stainless steel and reinforced fittings so you can transport everything from industrial equipment to vehicular machinery without worrying about the wheels buckling under their loads. If you need serious casters for serious business, look for heavy duty ones.


Like the name implies, brake casters come with the ability to "stop and lock" movement. It should be noted, however, that gravity has the final say even with locking mechanisms in place, so you shouldn't expect to use brake casters on things like inclined ramps. They're for horizontal surfaces only.

Four Position Directional Lock

Directional lock casters come with swivels that can be locked or unlocked at will. Unlike braking casters, their locks don't stop all movement, only swivel movement. If you need wheels that can rotate sometimes but also be locked into a straight line when necessary, directional lock casters are the way to go.

These are just a few different types of plate casters. Whether you're looking to transport warehouse goods or just mobilize your office chair, these are the types you'll need to decide between when shopping for a new set of wheels.

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