A comprehensive guide to shopping for the ideal castor wheels for your business

23 June 2017
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In the process of buying the most suitable castor wheels for your business needs, there are several aspects to consider prior to making a decision. The discussion may take a whole day about all the things you need to take into consideration, but the key aspects to consider are explained below. Read on for further insight.

Size of load

The rule of thumb is that the more load your castor wheels have to carry, the denser your castor wheels have to be. Remember that to obtain the accurate load-to-castor ratio the overall load should be divided by the number of castor wheels in use. Therefore, significant loads call for heavy-duty specialised castors.

Floor condition

The floor condition also determines the type of castor wheel you'll need. For a clean and flat floor surface, you'll have a wide variety of options as far as buying castor wheels goes. Nevertheless, if the floor condition of your production facility is uneven, or often littered with rubbish, then your castor options become limited. Poor floor conditions call for the use of specialised castor wheels featuring a solid tread. Cast iron wheels or phenolic are good options. On the other hand, softer treads like rubber are likely to deteriorate a lot faster in poor floor conditions given that the castor will collect rubbish in the tread.


If it's difficult to move your castor-mounted products, then chances are that your personnel will tire easily, resulting in the likelihood of an injury. Products that are rarely moved but require castor wheels for moving don't always necessitate more roll-ability. However, if your products will be in constant use, it means that you need castor wheels that can be rolled easily. In this case, big wheels are a key factor in terms of easy rolling as well as a softer tread like rubber.

Harsh environments

Majority of castor wheels are suitable for use in dry, temperate environments. If your work setting is characterised by external factors such as humid or extreme temperatures, it means you will need to choose specialised castors that are suitable in that unusual environment. For the right castor to use in harsh environments, it must have a series of attributes such as a high temperature operating range, a combined wheel tread and core and resistance to oil, grease, solvents and chemicals.

In conclusion, your choice of castor wheels depends on your business application. With the above-mentioned considerations, you can be sure of choosing the right castor to suit you.