Selecting the Right Caster


  1. What is the average expected load?
  2. What is the maximum expected load?
  3. Do you need to protect your floors?
  4. Smaller wheel diameter gives you more mobility. How tight are your turns?
  5. Are there environmental conditions you need to consider: heat or cold, water, oils, acids, corrosive materials?
  6. Will you hand-push or use power to propel?
  7. Swivel or rigid casters?
  8. How will the casters be mounted? Top plate, stem, hollow kingpin?

Load Calculations

Pounds per Caster: Load + Weight of Truck + Number of Caster

Don’t forget to include some safety cushion!