Caster & Wheel Guide

Your Ultimate Resource for Caster and Wheel

Bastian Solutions provides the highest quality casters and caster wheels for all applications. The history of our company was built on casters as the original motto of our company was “If it rolls we provide it.”  In addition to a team of extremely knowledgeable experts, our centrally located Indianapolis distribution center allows for very short lead times to most destinations.

Want to know more about casters and wheel and how to select the appropriate one for your project? Our informational guide below will help your decision process on the right solution.

 

What is a Caster?

A caster (or castor) is an un-driven, single, double, or compound wheel that is designed to be mounted to the bottom of a larger object (the "vehicle") so as to enable that object to be easily moved. Casters are available in various sizes, and are commonly made of rubber, plastic, nylon, aluminum, or stainless steel.

Bastian Solutions provides the highest quality casters and caster wheels for all applications.  The history of our company was built on casters as the original motto of our company was “If it rolls we provide it.”  In addition to a team of extremely knowledgably experts, our centrally located Indianapolis distribution center allows for very short lead times to most destinations.

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Caster Types

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Caster Accessories & Parts

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How To Select The Correct Caster and Wheel

There is no simple formula or rule that can be followed in selecting the proper casters. Instead many factors must be evaluated. The following are important considerations that should be evaluated.

Load Weight

The heavier the load, the larger the wheel required for the caster. The weight of the load also influences the mobility of the wheel. Roller or ball bearings are recommended for loads over 400 pounds.

Floor Conditions

Make sure the wheel you select is large enough to pass over cracks in the floor, tracks, moldings and other obstructions. For floor protection on linoleum, tile, carpet, etc., use polyurethane or Performa rubber wheels.

Unusual Conditions

Each wheel material has certain characteristics which will give the best results where unusual conditions exist. For example, where acids, oils, chemicals and other conditions harmful to rubber are present, polyurethane, polyolefin, Maxim, phenolic or steel wheels are recommended.

Rolling Ease

The larger the wheel diameter, the easier it rolls. Roller bearings carry heavier loads. Ball bearings roll easier but carry lesser loads. When possible, use the largest ball bearing wheel for best results.

Extreme Climates

Room temperatures are no problem for most casters. But extreme cold or heat can be a problem. In many applications a special lubrication can be used which assures caster rolling ease from 45°F below zero to 260°F above.

Not Sure What Caster You Need?

Fill out our contact form and we’ll help specify the caster that bests suits you.  This quick and easy form is a great way to ensure you’re selecting the correct caster for your application.  Our team is standing by to help you.

 

Custom Caster Applications

Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Contact us today and let our customs team take a look at your application.  We have years of experience designing custom caster solutions for many different applications.