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There is no simple formula or rule that can be followed in selecting the proper casters. Many varying and individual factors must be balanced to make the selection which will do the best job for you. The following are several of the more important considerations.

  • 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, etc., use polyurethane or rubber wheels. For carpeted floors, polyurethane is recommended.
  • Rolling Ease – The larger the wheel, 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.
  • Unusual Conditions – Each wheel material has certain characteristics which will give the best results where unusual conditions exist. Room temperatures are no problem for most casters. Corrosive environments, extreme heat or cold, oil or grease on the floor, small metal chips or other floor debris, and softer rolling surfaces, such as asphalt or gravel can be a problem.
Capacity FromLbs. Each  To

1400

15000

200

1000

150 600

250

1400

500

8000

200

3300

250

1000

250

1200

220

8400

250

1400

50

250

600

1200

75

475

300

4000

600

3000

Temp FDegrees,High toLow

800

-65

160

-20

160 -40

160

-45

250

-65

475

-65

180

-45

180

-40

200

-40

160

-45

160 -20

200

-40

160 -40

800

-65

800

-65

Floor Surface
Asphalt
NR
E
G
E
F
F
F
E
E
E
E
E
E
NR
NR
Brick / Ceramic Tile
NR
E
G
E
F
F
F
E
E
E
E
E
E
NR
NR
Carpet
NR
E
G
E
G
G
G
G
G
E
E
G
E
NR
NR
Concrete
F
E
G
E
G
G
G
E
E
E
E
E
E
F
NR
Linoleum
NR
E
F
E
F
F
F
E
E
E
E
E
E
NR
NR
Steel, Ribbed
NR
E
F
G
F
F
F
G
G
G
E
G
E
NR
NR
Steel, Smooth
G
E
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
E
G
E
G
G
Terrazzo
NR
E
F
E
F
F
F
E
E
E
E
E
E
NR
NR
Wood
F
E
G
E
G
G
G
E
E
E
E
E
E
F
NR
Floor Condition
Animal Fats
G
G
G
E
G
G
G
E
G
G
G
E
G
G
G
Chemicals, Harsh
F
F
F
F
G
G
F
E
G
F
F
E
F
F
F
Chemicals, Mild
G
F
F
F
G
G
G
E
G
F
F
E
F
G
G
Cushion Load
NR
E
F
E
NR
NR
NR
F
F
E
E
G
E
NR
NR
Floor Protection
NR
E
G
E
G
G
G
E
E
E
E
E
E
NR
NR
Metal Chips, Small
G
G
G
E
F
F
G
G
G
E
G
G
E
G
G
Metal Scraps, Large
NR
G
G
E
NR
NR
NR
G
G
E
G
G
E
NR
NR
Noise Protection
F
E
F
E
F
F
F
G
E
E
E
G
E
F
F
Oil & Grease
G
F
F
E
G
G
G
E
G
F
F
E
F
G
G
Water & Steam
F
G
G
G
E
E
E
E
G
G
G
E
G
F
F
Ratings: E = Excellent
G = Good     F = Fair
NR = Not Recommended
There is no simple formula or rule that can be followed
in selecting the proper casters. Many varying and individual factors
must be balanced to make the selection which will do the best job
for you. The following are several of the more important considerations.
  • 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,
    etc., use polyurethane or rubber wheels. For carpeted floors,
    polyurethane is recommended.
  • Rolling Ease – The larger the wheel, 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.
  • Unusual Conditions – Each wheel material has certain
    characteristics which will give the best results where unusual
    conditions exist. Room temperatures are no problem for most casters.
    Corrosive environments, extreme heat or cold, oil or grease on
    the floor, small metal chips or other floor debris, and softer
    rolling surfaces, such as asphalt or gravel can be a problem.