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T Tracey Williams

Rolling Trouble: Common Problems Castors Face And How To Solve Them

Mar 6, 2024 · industrial castors

Wheels and castors deliver exceptional performance in many industries, enabling staff to quickly and safely roll heavy or bulky equipment without risk to their well-being or valuable assets. When integrated into business workflows, they have a powerful impact on efficiency and productivity, which can result in significant financial gains.

However, castors and wheels may experience wear and tear issues that affect their smooth operation under intense workloads. By understanding the key problems castors face and how to address them, issues can be detected earlier to minimise downtime and repair costs.


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Corrosion is common if castors are regularly exposed to harsh outdoor conditions or damp indoor spaces – particularly if the incorrect materials are used. Zinc-plated models, which we supply at Rolltek, are the most resistant to rust, but it is still important to periodically check axle bolts and brackets for signs of corrosion, which could cause the wheels to seize. If rust is detected, remove the affected components and treat them appropriately.

Impact Damage

Impact damage while in motion is another common cause of problems, particularly if equipment is moved over uneven ground. When castor wheels strike bumps or potholes, the connection points with the brackets may be exposed to stress, while sudden shifts in weight can weaken mechanical components. To avoid this problem, choose purpose-built castors to absorb extreme shocks or opt for larger-diameter wheels with cushioned rubber tyres to deliver a smoother ride. Ensure that loads are always balanced and firmly positioned when shifting stock on trolleys, and encourage staff to move equipment slowly over uneven terrain as an extra precaution.

Heat Build-Up

When castors are rolled at high speeds over long distances, the build-up of heat can be troublesome. In an urge to improve productivity and efficiency, it is unsurprising that staff may hurry when moving stock or equipment, but excess friction can cause damage to plastic wheels. By switching to ultra-durable polyurethane wheels with ball bearings that are approved for use at high speeds, you can help eliminate this problem. Also, train your staff to maintain momentum instead of repeated stops and starts that can create friction and heat, and check that load weights fall within guidelines for the castor’s capacity to avoid excessive strain.

Exposure To Temperature Extremes

Finally, extreme hot or cold conditions can degrade wheels, bearings, and brackets, so selecting castors that are rated for use in challenging environments is important. In hot conditions, non-marking rubber can resist extreme heat, while nylon castors effectively withstand freezing temperatures without becoming brittle.

Contact Us For Replacement Castors And Wheels

Occasionally, it is necessary to replace castors and wheels if damage or wear has occurred, no matter what precautions you take. If your castor wheels need to be replaced, please contact Rolltek International today to find out how we can help.

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