Choosing Castors and Wheels
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Castors and wheels are a key part of material handling equipment. They are used on hand trucks, platform trucks, and carts.

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Castors are also used on hospital beds, shopping carts, and office chairs. This makes it easier for people to transport items. However, there are a number of things to keep in mind when choosing the right type of wheel.

Castors and wheels come in a variety of sizes and load capacities. The wheels are generally fixed to the underside of the object being moved. It is important to select a caster that will work with the weight of the objects to be moved.

Castors come in two types: swivel and rigid. Swivel castors allow you to easily maneuver around tight spaces. Rigid castors are used to support more weight than swivels.

There are six common materials used to make castor wheels. Steel, phenolic, and polyurethane are all good choices. If you need wheels for corrosive or wet applications, rubber is the best choice.

Aluminum alloy is also commonly used to make castor wheels. However, this type of metal can damage floors. Moreover, it can develop flat spots over time. Therefore, aluminum alloy is best suited for exterior use.

When choosing a castor wheel, choose one that has a wide tread and a non-porous surface. This helps prevent scuffing on the floor and scratches. Also, choose a hardness that suits your application. For example, medical castor wheels are easy to clean and disinfect.