Tough casters that can stand up to tough working conditions are required within many industries. They are often chosen to support industrial carts or for transporting heavy equipment. In some cases, these sturdy wheels are used underneath mobile platforms, lightweight or heavy. Plate casters are often chosen for their unique qualities when other wheel products just don’t quite compare.
Strong Enough to Bear Heavy Loads
As their name implies, heavy duty plate casters can bear the brunt of a lot of heavy cargo. The casters themselves tend to be fairly lightweight, but they often support loads as heavy as a thousand pounds and more. Some really heavy-duty casters can bear much more than this weight, supporting tens of thousands of pounds. Cast iron is one of the most preferred metals used in the construction of these casters because it tends to be resistant to wear and tear. This metal can also be used in many environments.
Durable Treads and Brackets Enhance Strength
A big part of the reason that these wheels can handle such heavy loads is the quality of the treadwheel. Polyurethane is one of the most common materials used to make the casters that support the heaviest loads. Other materials used in constructing these casters include rubber, nylon, cast iron, forged steel, phenolic resin, and nylon/glass fibers. The brackets of the casters are typically steel, including die-forged, cast, plate stamped, and similar forms. Depending on your applications, the thickness of the plate may be 5mm or much thicker.
Rotating Plates for Moving and Bearing Loads
Due to the fact that many of these casters are chosen specifically for bearing heavy loads, a rotating plate design is commonly used. Within a double-layer steel track, a plain ball shaft or a flat needle-bearing may be used to substantially increase the load capacity. Manufacturers often use a die-forged steel rotating plate to prevent the plate bolts from becoming damaged.
Large Diameters to Spread Out the Weight
Wheels with large diameters are often chosen because of their flexibility in rotation. Again, depending on your application, you may choose from sizes beginning at 4 inches to 18 inches. Some high-quality casters are customized to suit the specific needs of customers.
Choosing Casters for Your Application
How can you be sure you have the right heavy-duty casters for your application? Begin by identifying the correct technical parameters (such as size and metal type) and next, determine the load requirements. Of course, you should review any pros and cons you can identify. Finally, make sure the products you prefer are available within your price range.