Global Material Handling System Integrators

How to Maximize a Caster's Life



Let’s face it, a caster is a seemingly simple piece of equipment. Yet I bet almost all of your rolling material handling equipment has casters on them. Well here is a list of simple things you can do to reduce the wear on your casters and maximize lifespan.


  • Lubricate: Check all the moving parts of a caster for lubrication. Pack the bearings with grease to reduce friction at the center turning point. Check the bearings between the plate and forks on a swivel caster for lubrication. Some casters come with grease nipples to assist with this task.
  • Maintain your floors: Cracks, pits, debris and large gaps in-between concrete slabs can cause serious damage, especially when the caster is under-load. A head on collision is basically what this amounts to. Avoid these areas, or better yet, take care of your floors.
  • Use your Casters: Casters that sit for a long period of time tend to dry rot or form flat spots. This can cause a resistance to movement.
  • Know your capacity: Know your caster load or weight ratings, and if you are going to exceed that, replace your casters now and save yourself time and money in the future and possibly your lower back. To find the right caster to match your capacity, visit our Capacity Rating Guide.
  • Know your application: If you are in a wet or oily environment, there are casters specifically designed for that. Really step back and think how your casters are going to be used, what type of environment they are going to be in, and pick a caster that meets your needs. This will ensure that your caster does the job right. To assist in picking the right caster, please visit our Caster Selection Guide.

Lastly, no matter how well you maintain your caster, everything has a shelf life. Eventually your caster may break. When this happens, make sure you replace it with the proper type to meet your needs. That is the best way to maintain your caster. For a little more information, here is our page dedicated to caster maintenance.

Author: Dave Knight


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