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Casters + Wheels: When and How to Replace Them

One of the most valuable workplace components is the caster and few industries can survive without them. The problem is, they have a lifetime, just like everything else. Like many other products, casters and wheels endure wear and tear from use under normal conditions. Failing to replace them when the time is right can lead to serious safety issues and lessened productivity in the workplace. However, knowing how to replace your company’s caster and wheels can be a simple process if you have the right information.

When Should Caster/Wheels Be Replaced

First, consider the environment. If your casters and wheels are exposed to extreme temperatures, transporting heavy load weights, or exposed to various chemicals, you will likely need to replace them more often unless durability was prioritized over price when they were initially purchased . Next, plan an semiannual review of your carts, hand trucks, loading dollies, hospital beds, scaffolding, chairs, furniture, and other objects that use casters and wheels. You should never wait until you experience equipment failures to find replacement caster wheels, or else you risk lost productivity.

Review these tips for to determine when a replacement caster or wheel is needed.

  • If you see visible damage to any part of the caster or wheel, a replacement is imminent. These small parts are can be accidentally abused, so physical damage can common in the form.
  • If the casters cause the load to shimmy (or shake) from normal use, it’s a likely sign that the load is too heavy for the casters and wheel and should be replaced.
  • Corrosion of casters and wheels can be common where harsh chemicals and water are present if metal components are not made of stainless steel. You may be able to apply preventative maintenance on a regular basis to avoid this problem, but an upgrade to stainless steel would be recommended.
  • Does moving the load require the user to exert a lot of force? If your equipment is not moved easily, the problem is almost always related to a caster that is unfit for the application, damaged or just worn out.
  • If your casters and wheels are louder than they once were or have begun to mark the floor surface (but shouldn't be), replacements should be found before there is a total caster failure.

Look for the signs before the problems arise. What you don’t want is to have to replace every caster in your facility at one time. A semiannual review of your floor equipment can save you on costs in the long run.

Replacing Your Casters and Wheels

Now that you have determined you need replacement casters and wheels, how in the world do you decide what you need? What casters and currently being used? Should you upgrade? You'll need to know the mounting type and wheel size. Identify the wheel tread material. Count the number of replacement casters you require. Consider any added features you want for your environment such as color, brake system, hooded or unhooded.

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