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Frequently Asked Questions • Roll It Africa

Frequently asked questions about castor wheels. you can typically break down castor types into light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty varieties.

The most common question we receive at our website is “What type of castors should I buy?” We’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions to answer that question for you.

In general, you can typically break down castor types into light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty varieties. It is important to keep in mind the loading capacity for a castor you are mounting on equipment. Overloaded Castors will not perform well, they will get damaged very quickly, and they may cause the castors to fail when used excessively.

There are many different types of castors, each with their own unique benefits. Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular types:

 

  1. Swivel Castors: These are the most common type of castor, and are perfect for furniture that needs to be moved around frequently. They have a ball-bearing swivel that allows them to rotate 360 degrees, making them very easy to manoeuvre.
  2. Rigid Castors: Rigid castors are attached to the object they are supporting and cannot swivel. This makes them ideal for objects that need to be moved in a straight line, such as shelves or trolleys.
  3. Brake Castors: Brake castors have a locking mechanism that prevents them from rolling when not in use and the brake is applied. This is ideal for objects that need to be stationary, such as chairs or desks.

When choosing a castor, it's often said that the larger the wheel, the better. A castor with a larger wheel will roll more easily over bumps and uneven surfaces, as well as handle more weight. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when using large castors. For example, their higher centre of gravity may make them more likely to tip over if you don't use them properly.

When choosing a wheel, consider how the floor feels under your feet. If you're rolling on carpet, it might be best to choose a softer wheel. If you're rolling on hardwood or tile, a harder wheel is probably better. There are also exceptions to this rule—cast iron wheels work well on cement because they're heavy and don't mark the floor. Phenolic or Polyolefin wheels are also good for cement because they are heavy-duty and don't leave scratches behind. These materials are often used when the weight of the load being moved is high or the floors being rolled over are delicate.

If you work in any sort of office, healthcare, manufacturing, educational, retail or industrial setting, you’re likely to encounter castor wheels. Perhaps they’re on an office chair in your cubicle. They might be found on a gurney used to transport patients from room to room. Or perhaps they’re on the trolleys you use to move paperwork up and down the halls of a school building.
Castors and castor wheels are valuable in any workplace environment. They help workers move with greater speed and ease, which leads to greater efficiency. To operate at maximum productivity, it’s important to be using (and replacing) the proper wheels and castors that are correct for each application. It’s also important to know what types of castors and wheels are available and what works best for you.

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