Five different castors and their jobs

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With so many castors out there, narrowing your choice isn’t the easiest job. We can explain the basic types of castors and what you need to think about when making your selection. Understanding what you need and just as importantly, what you don’t need, can make all the difference.

There are two types of castors – everything falls under one of these two categories:

Swivel castor: these castors can move in any direction, rotating 360°, even when under a heavy load. It’s this category that offers so many different options.

Rigid castor: unlike swivels, they cannot be steered. They only move in a straight line. Rigid castors are extremely durable, partly because they offer such limited movement. They’re rated as carrying the same load as swivels, yet a common perception among engineers is that they can carry heavier loads.

Focus on your application and ask yourself:

How much space will my application have to negotiate?

How often will I need to move the application and to where?

How much weight does my application need to move?

Over how far a distance will my application need to move?

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