If you drive a car, you know how important tyres are in getting you moving, allowing you to stop, and manoeuvre, all while keeping your vehicle in contact with the road. Castors on carts, dollies and trolleys in industrial settings are no different, they facilitate the fundamental method of movement – rolling.
While castor wheels aren’t the most exciting topic, their importance shouldn’t be overlooked. Taking a little time to understand castors could save you money, time and help reduce safety issues for staff.
For loads mounted on castors, they are the single point of the load in contact with the floor – making them a crucial part of your trolley. This means they play a large part in dictating how easy it is to start a load moving, manoeuvre or steer it, and bring it to a stop – all while supporting your load weight!
Castor wheels are a key factor to consider when it comes to how a load is moved, particularly when using material handling equipment like electric tugs.