Caster Basics: Understanding Wheel Types

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Believe it or not, when it comes to casters there is a lot you need to know and understand. Specifically, you need to know how they are different and what you need to consider when selecting a caster for your business. If you need a refresher, check out our detailed caster overview.

Because casters are designed to make things move, the most critical part of a caster is the wheel. It is important to know the different types of wheel materials and the benefits of each type. When it comes to using casters, the tread and core can greatly impact the wheel’s overall performance.

When selecting a wheel, be sure to consider:

  • Floor type and finish
  • The wheel’s resistance to impact
  • Rollability
  • Chemical resistance
  • Load capacity
  • Noise level

Soft Tread Wheels