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Casters 101: Quick guide on finding the right caster.
First time looking for casters and don't know the options and terminology? Read on for a quick & easy beginner's guide to finding what you need. Keep in mind, you can always call for assistance.
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Lesson 3: Wheel Materials
Here is some quick information on the wheel materials availble by caster type and considerations of each. Clicking on a picture will take you to a product listing. At that point, use the product filters to select the wheel material that you want.
For more detailed information go to our Caster Wheel Materials page. If you are still unsure please call with your questions. It's much better than getting the wrong type or damaging your floors.
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Ball Casters wheel material options

Metal tread

    Good for carpet, chair mats and other durable floors.

Rubber tread

    Use with linoleum, vinyl, marble, tile and floors that require some TLC.
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Twin Wheel Casters Wheel Materials

Nylon

    Most economical type. Good for carpet, chair mats and other durable floors. Not floor protective.

Polyurethane

    Softer than nylon and safe for use with hardwood, laminate, linoleum, vinyl, marble, tile and floors that require some TLC. Slightly higher price point than nylon.

Thermoplasticized Rubber (TPR)

    Softer yet than polyurethane, very quiet, and safe for use with hardwood, laminate linoleum, vinyl, marble, tile and similar floors. Commonly used in institutional settings. Close in price to poly.
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Spherical Casters wheel materials

Polyolefin tread

    Economical, hard, non-marking. Best for carpet and durable floors. Available for the 2" ball size.

Rubber tread

    Softer, quieter and better with hard floors. Available for the smaller 1-5/8" ball size.
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Single Wheel Casters material options

Much wider variety of materials.

Rubbers, TPR; Polyurethane are softer materials providing for non-marking, quiet-running, and floor protective casters.

Nylon, polyolefin, phenolic are harder wheels with higher weight capacities. Also non-marking and less quiet with higher weight capacity.

Cast iron, steel, and other materials are for higher workloads in industrial applications.

Pneumatic, semi-pneumatic, foam-filled wheels provide easy rolling and shock absorbing casters.

V-groove and flanged wheels (typically cast iron or steel) for specific applications.



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