Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Casters for Every Occasion: 4 Shopping Tips

Casters are used in everything from industrial warehouses to everyday homes and gardens. But what if you're not sure what to look for in your own casters? What should you be thinking about as you browse different brands, styles and prices? Before you swipe your credit card, make sure that you've checked everything off this list.

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1. Size

Casters come in a dizzying array of sizes, so it's important to buy the right one for your needs. In addition to things like height, length, width and wheel diameter, you might also want to pay attention to weight capacity. Wheels designed for desks and chairs might not be able to support half-ton shipping carts, and you don't want to find that out after you've already loaded the carts with sensitive goods.


2. Mobility

Some casters come with 360-degree "swivel technology" that allows them to move in every direction at your command. Others are more rigid, only moving backwards and forwards in a straight line to prevent accidents and control acceleration. Which kind of caster is best for you? Everyone has different needs and preferences, so what works for your neighbor might not work for you, and that's okay. Don't let a salesperson try to convince you otherwise.


3. Special Features

Gone are the days when casters were simple round instruments. Modern casters come with everything from waterproof finishes to double-ball raceways for extra strength and support, so if you have a little extra cash to splurge on special features, shop around and compare products to see what extras they're offering. Those auto-locking brakes might be just what you need for fewer incidents at the factory. That rust-resistant coating might appeal to you as someone who hates maintenance.


4. Price

Last but certainly not least, how much can you afford to spend on your casters? Keep in mind that different websites might have different pricing schemes, so Brand A might charge you for individual wheels while Brand B only sells them in pairs or packages. You might also have to order special tools or pins to install your casters depending on the size, type and brand that you purchase.


Whether you're looking for industrial casters or just something to stick on your patio chairs for a fun block party, these tips can help you find the right wheels for every occasion. Good luck!