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Caster Wheel Material Application Guide

Application Information on Caster Wheel Materials


Your Ultimate Guide to Caster Wheels: Expertise from Caster Headquarters, LLC


At CasterHQ, we understand that different applications require different caster wheel materials to achieve optimal performance. That's why we offer dozens of material types to choose from. From softer wheels that absorb shock and reduce sound decibels to heavy-duty options with high weight capacities, we have a caster wheel to suit any need.


Our in-depth Caster Wheel Guide provides comprehensive information on all of our wheel materials, making it easy for you to select the best option for your application. We cover the basics of all-wheel materials and provide insights into which wheel is best for specific applications.

If you can't find the perfect caster wheel on our website, don't worry. We offer custom wheels and colors to meet your unique needs. Our professional caster sales team is always available to assist you in selecting the perfect caster and wheel for your application. We have access to custom casters and wheels with weight capacities over 40,000 lbs per caster or wheel.

Many factors need to be taken into consideration when selecting the right wheel for your application, such as floor type, obstacles, debris, speed, exposure to water or chemicals, ergonomics, and more. Our comprehensive Caster Wheel material guide takes all of these factors into consideration, helping you make the right decision.

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RUBBER WHEELS:

  • Softer than polyurethane
  • Withstands exposure to many chemicals & solvents with less than 10% acidity.
  • Gray rubber = Non-Marking.
  • Black Rubber = Marking.
  • Crowned = Better on the carpet.
  • Flat = Better on Hard Floors.
  • Rubber climbs easier over obstacles, uneven floors, joints, gaps, and grips slippery floors easier.
  • Protects floors and absorbs shocks.
  • Do not leave rubber wheels above 50% of their rated weight capacity for prolonged periods of time; they will develop flat spots.
  • Bonding agents can wear off if exposed to chemicals and certain environments.
  • Do not exceed 150 F degrees.

GRAY THERMO RUBBER (TPR) - 2-1/2" thru 8" wheels - up to 600 lbs
CAST IRON MOLD-ON RUBBER - 4" thru 12" wheels - up to 1,300 lbsSUPER CUSHION RUBBER - 6" thru 8" wheels - up to 450 lbsRUBBER ON PLASTIC - 8" thru 10" wheels - up to 650 lbsSUPREME RUBBER ON ALUMINUM - 6" thru 8" wheels - up to 800 lbs

Polyurethane Wheels:

  • Non-Marking and Non-Conductive.
  • Not meant on poor floors or for absorbing shocks, abuse, overloading, obstructions, or storage.
  • Polyurethane wheels are injection molded, mechanically and chemically bonded to a polyolefin center.
  • Superior to rubber in withstanding grease, oil, cutting, chunking, and abrasive wear.

POLYURETHANE ON ALUMINUM - 4" thru 8" wheels - up to 1,500 lbs

POLYURETHANE ON IRON - 4" thru 12" wheels - up to 8,000 lbs
POLYURETHANE ON POLYOLEFIN - 4" thru 8" wheels - up to 1,000 lbs
SOLID POLYURETHANE - 3" thru 8" wheels - up to 1,000 lbs

Phenolic Wheels:

  • Made from macerated canvas and resin.
  • Molded under high pressure and heat.
  • Recommended for smooth concrete and can be used for storage.
  • Highly resistant to grease, oil, gas, and mild acids.
  • Not meant for wet applications.
  • Affected by strong acids and alkaline solutions.
  • -40F – 250F degrees.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR PHENOLIC WHEELS:


https://www.casterhq.com/PhenolicWheels-s/131.htm


Pneumatic Wheels:

  • Pneumatic wheels with black tires do not leave marks as long as they can move freely.
  • Recommended to use with swivel casters but not required.
  • Best for noise absorption and shock absorption.
  • Very cushioned ride, use for fragile or delicate cargo, or rough surfaces (gravel) or grass.
  • Foam Filled Pneumatic wheels last longer and are easier to roll with less effort.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR AIR-FILLED PNEUMATIC WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/Pneumatic-Wheels-s/136.ht...

Forged Steel & Ductile Steel:

  • Made for extreme weights than normal wheels can not handle.
  • Not meant for protecting floors / will damage most factory floors.
  • Capable of temperatures up to 700 F degrees.

MACHINED STEEL

DUCTILE & FORGED STEEL
GRAY IRON (SEMI-STEEL)

Polyolefin Wheels:

  • Suited for wet and corrosive applications.
  • Injected molded from a blend of thermoplastic polymers, forming a one-piece solid and sanitary design.
  • Highly resistant to many commonly encountered liquids.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR POLYOLEFIN (INDUSTRIAL PLASTIC) WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/Polyolefin-Wheels-s/129.h...


High-Temperature Caster Wheels:

  • HTPhenolic are made out of fiberglass and are best suited for dry heat applications, powder coating, bakery convection, and dry heat autoclaves.
  • Glass-Filled Nylon performs best in moist heat applications such as smokehouses and around water and steam. Recommended to be used on smooth surfaces.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR HIGH-TEMPERATURE WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/HighTempWheels-s/133.htm


Gray Iron Caster Wheels:

  • Provide high capacity and are less expensive than forged steel.
  • Practical for use on a woodblock or hardened smooth concrete.
  • Causes deterioration on untreated concrete.
  • Not recommended for floors or cargo protection.
  • Gray iron is tough, long-wearing material but does not have the impact strength of ductile or forged steel.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR GRAY IRON STEEL WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/Semi-Steel-Wheels-s/169.h...


Machined Steel:

  • Precision machined from hot-rolled steel bar stock.
  • Highly resistant to shock loads and offer incomparable strength, durability, and performance.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR MACHINED STEEL WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/category-s/170.htm


V-Groove Caster Wheels:

  • Designed to guide equipment by rolling on an inverted angle iron track.
  • Elevated track minimizes problems caused by floor debris.
  • When not operating on track the wheel tread on both sides of the V-groove allows for smooth floors.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR GROOVED WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/GroovedWheels-s/135.htm

Single Flanged Track Wheels:

  • Run-on ASCE Rail or other types.
  • Iron or Heavy Duty Nylon Wheels
  • Custom Sizes, Keyways, Bore Sizes, Drive Wheels.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR GROOVED WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/Single-Flanged-Track-Wheels-s/622.htm

Double Flanged Track Wheels:

  • Run-on ASCE Rail or other types.
  • Iron or Heavy Duty Nylon Wheels
  • Custom Sizes, Keyways, Bore Sizes, Drive Wheels.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ALL OF OUR GROOVED WHEELS:

https://www.casterhq.com/Double-Flange-Track-Wheels-s/623.htm

Everything you need to know about Caster Wheel Materials