Industrial Castors: Which Materials Are Suitable for Specialised Applications?


If you are planning on purchasing new wheel castors for unique applications in your industrial operation, there are multiple factors that you must consider during selection. One of these crucial elements is the material used to fabricate the castors. Often, industrial applications of the wheels will involve adverse working environments and unique load aspects. Therefore, your choice of material will determine the cart performance, ease of movement, durability and price of purchase. Here are some of the best materials for specialised castors.

Forged Steel

Forged steel wheel are popular in industrial environments because they have exceptional performance characteristics. The material is robust and solid, so the castors are unbreakable in general service. They have high-load capacity but absorb impact and shock to the floor. Also, steel performs well in high-temperature applications. You should consider choosing forged steel wheels if surface protection is not a concern in your industrial space.

Glass-Filled Nylon

If you are looking for wheels which can withstand high temperature, you should consider glass-filled nylon. While most metal castors can be used in high-temperature environments, they are not favourable for use when floor protection must be considered. Glass-filled nylon can be used on almost all floors, including linoleum, carpet and tile. Also, the material is non-marking, resilient and durable, and it can withstand high impact and exposure to chemicals.

Hard Rubber

Standard soft rubber is not suitable for most industrial applications because the material tends to flatten under heavy loads. Hard rubber is the ideal alternative if you are looking for a reliable variant. This material can support more weight than soft rubber castors. Also, it retains the desirable characteristics of rubber such as smooth rolling ability and durability. The material is also resistant to chemicals, solvents and grease. However, you should note that hard rubber is not non-marking.


If you are interested in commodity-choice castor wheels for push-and-pull applications, you should consider choosing phenolic products. These are manufactured using macerated canvas and phenolic resin. They are beneficial for industrial work because they provide excellent performance at a relatively low price. Phenolic wheels are hard and capable of heavy-duty support. Also, they are resistant to degradation when exposed to high temperature and oils. However, the material is vulnerable to damage when used in wet environments.

There are other high-performance materials in the castor wheel market suited for specialised industrial applications. Therefore, you should discuss all your options with your supplier before making a choice. 


22 September 2017

Keeping Your Tyres in Good Condition

Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Stan and this is my brand new blog. I hope you like it. This blog will be dedicated to the topic of how to keep the tyres and wheels on your car are in good condition. I learnt about this subject the hard way and it is my hope that this blog will prevent you from having to do the same. It all started when I was driving down the road and I heard a very loud bang. The next thing I know, I can see one the wheels of my car travelling down the road next to my vehicle. However, it was not attached to my car! The guy in the auto repair shop fix it up and explained how I could look after my wheels and tyres in the future.