Selecting the right wheel and caster is vital for performance across various applications. Diverse wheel materials offer distinct advantages. Performa Rubber wheels, with a non-marking elastomer tread, provide a smooth, quiet, and durable ride. Duralastomer Polyurethane is a solid, durable option with a one-piece design, eliminating bonding failures. Glass Filled Nylon combines steel load capacity with high impact strength, washability, and steam cleanability. Polyolefin, light with superior impact strength, resists chemicals and protects floors. Phenolic wheels excel in quiet operation, floor protection, and resistance to impacts, chemicals, and steam. HiTech Polyurethane prevents debonding, offering chemical resistance and durability. Stainless Steel casters endure corrosive environments. Standard Duty handles up to 900 pounds with zinc-plated finish, double-hardened raceways, and versatile wheel options. General Utility casters, for medium-duty applications, handle up to 250 lbs with a zinc-plated finish, double ball-hardened raceways, and a 3/8" axle. This guide informs your wheel and caster decisions for optimal performance.

Select a Caster Wheel Material

Performa Rubber: Feature a non-marking thermoplastic elastomer tread bonded to a polyolefin wheel core. Wheels roll easily and quietly with a cushioned ride. Very durable.

Duralastomer Polyurethane: Solid blue cast polyurethane elastomer one piece design eliminates bonding failures—the most durable polyurethane wheel.

Glass Filled Nylon: Has the same load capacity of steel. High impact strength, good abrasion and compression resistance, will not flat spot. 100% washable and steam cleanable; not affected by grease, oils, most cleaning chemicals and cleaning solutions, salt, and brine.

Polyolefin: Very light, yet feature superior impact strength. Resist most chemicals. Non-marking floor protection.

Phenolic: Filled with macerated fabric. Quieter than steel or aluminum. Provide superior floor protection. Resistant to hard impacts, most chemicals and steam.

HiTech Polyurethane: Treads are mechanically locked to a polyolefin core to prevent debonding. Resist most chemicals. Non-marking and very durable.

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Selecting the Right Caster

Stainless Steel: Built to handle the most punishing, corrosive food processing environments. All components made of stainless steel. Easy rolling bearings, non-corrosive and virtually maintenance-free. Load capacities range from 200 to 900 pounds per caster with a choice of three wheel types. Available in swivel and rigid designs.

Standard Duty: Able to handle up to 900 pounds per caster. Available in swivel and rigid designs. Features include: Zinc-plated finish, double hardened raceways, 1/4" axle with zerk grease fitting, 1/4" steel top plate, permanent rivet king construction with 5/8" diameter rivet. Up to nine different wheel types.

General Utility: Ideal for many medium-duty applications. Rated for loads up to 250-lbs per caster and available in swivel or rigid designs. Features include: zinc-plated finish, double ball hardened raceways and 3/8" axle.

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