Rigid caster wheels are a good choice for furniture dollies because of their benefits, such as reduced rolling resistance, improved carrying capacity, and smaller swivel radius. They also help reduce the dollies’ weight and make them easier to move.
Caster wheels are a critical component of a furniture dollie. Choose the right ones, and avoid accidents or damage to your floors. Casters come in a variety of materials. The choice of material is important because it determines the durability and quality of the caster wheel. Choose one resistant to damage and can carry the weight of medium-sized and heavy pieces of furniture.
Stainless steel construction is durable and resists corrosive elements. Double stainless steel ball bearings ensure smooth swiveling and prevent squeaks. They also feature polyurethane wheels, which absorb shock and wear. These wheels are quiet and are made to support a load of up to 800lbs. Polyurethane wheels are also excellent for flight cases. Heavy-duty steel plate is also corrosive and dust-resistant.
Reduced Rolling Resistance
A rigid caster wheel can be hard to maneuver. The resistance to movement is dependent on a number of factors, including load, caster offset, and swivel lead. The higher the resistance, the harder the cart will be to push or pull. For heavy loads, extended swivel leads are recommended. When determining caster rolling resistance, take the load’s weight divided by the caster’s size. A higher safety factor is recommended for powered towing and outdoor use. Collecting all unique dimensions and determining mounting types is important before making a purchase. Some casters are fitted with mounting plates with bolts through the top plate. Others are attached using a stem. The reduced rolling resistance of rigid caster wheels for furniture dolly performance is an important consideration. Those with a large diameter wheel will be easier to roll under load. Larger-diameter wheels also reduce the force needed to move large objects. They also have more strength and durability for moving heavy items.
Increased Carrying Capacity
Rigid casters are used on furniture dollies for a variety of reasons. These casters have a higher carrying capacity than standard 4″ casters and are ideal for heavy-duty uses. They have a load capacity of between 750 and 2400 pounds per caster. These casters are also available in swivel and rigid styles and have different braking capabilities.
Heavy-duty casters are commonly used in warehouses and manufacturing facilities. These wheels are typically used on large items that must be moved by hand or automatically. They are also used on helicopter landing pads, providing increased stability and ease of handling.
Reduced Swivel Radius
A swivel radius measures the area required for a wheel to turn fully. You can measure the swivel radius by measuring the horizontal distance from the kingpin to the edge of the wheel. The smaller the swivel radius, the less effort is required to move the cart. The reduced swivel radius allows the caster to turn at a more gradual rate. This makes a furniture dollie more maneuverable. It also helps with caster maintenance, as casters need lubrication to avoid breaking. Rigid caster wheels are available in a variety of materials. Some feature a kingpin’s top plate and a diameter of four to eight inches. Both types have a variety of swivel capabilities and swivel radiuses ranging from three and fifteen/32 inches to six and 1/2 inches.
Less Likely To Collect Debris
Rigid caster wheels are less likely to collect debris when they roll over soft surfaces. They roll more smoothly and are less likely to bog down on carpets and mats. These wheels are also less likely to collect debris when they collide with cords, which should never be rolled over, as skidding can tear insulation.
Single-wheel casters have a smaller footprint and are less likely to collect debris, but they could be better when they encounter large obstructions. Rigid caster wheels must be bigger and stronger to roll over such objects. Hard-tread wheels are susceptible to steel plates and metal shavings, which can chip or embed into the tread of a rubber tire.