What Are The Different Types Of Industrial Wheels?

06 January 2022

When purchasing castor wheels for your workplace, there are numerous types from which to choose, so it’s important to consider carefully the following points:

  • The type of surface the castor wheels will be used for.

  • The type of goods that will be transported and how heavy they are.

  • The amount of space that is available for manoeuvring trolleys laden with goods.

  • Whether noise reduction is a priority in your workplace.

  • Whether the castor wheels will be exposed to liquids or chemicals that could cause corrosion.

Polyurethane and rubber castors are the most popular choices in a range of industries, but other types of industrial wheels are also available, including PVC, thermoplastic rubber, and pneumatic.

This short guide will help you to consider the benefits and suitability of different castor wheels for your business.

Solid Rubber Castors

  • Medium load capacity

  • Extremely quiet when in use

  • Unlikely to cause damage to flooring

  • Delivers a smooth, cushioned ride

  • An economical option

  • Temperature range: -20°C to 60°C

  • Suitable for: concrete, vinyl, or tiled surfaces, including agricultural or horticultural applications.

PVC Castors

  • Suitable for light duty applications only
  • Hard-wearing

  • Temperature range: -10°C to 60°C

  • Suitable for: indoor applications on smooth indoor surfaces where load capacity is always low.

Thermoplastic Rubber Castors

  • Medium load capacity
  • Hard wearing compared to solid rubber castors

  • Non-marking

  • Durable

  • Low rolling resistance

  • Temperature range: -20°C to 60°C

  • Suitable for: hard smooth surfaces in indoor and outdoor applications.

Polyurethane Castors

  • Very high load capacity
  • Unlikely to cause damage to flooring

  • Robust abrasion and tear resistance

  • Chemical resistance

  • Delivers a smooth ride

  • Temperature range: -30°C to 90°C

  • Suitable for: floating concrete and tiled floors, in settings where temperatures are moderate, such as hospitals and warehouses, or in industry.

Pneumatic Castors

  • Superior shock absorption
  • High load capacity

  • Temperature range: -20°C to 60°C

  • Suitable for: uneven or rough terrain, including outdoor locations such as grass and gravel, and in air-ground support applications.

Contact Rolltek International For Expert Advice

At Rolltek International, we design, manufacture, and supply a variety of castors in different materials, and we can provide expert advice about which castors will be most suited to your application and needs. To find out more, simply get in touch on 01788 229400.