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Wheel Selection Guide

How to choose a wheel

  • Load Capacity
  • Push Start Force
  • Rolling/Floor Conditions
  • Durability/Duty Requirements

Typical Factory Floor

Typical Factory Floor

  • Polyurethane
  • Phenolic
  • Mold-On Rubber

Rough/Uneven/Outdoor

Rough/Uneven/Outdoor

  • Pneumatic
  • Solid Rubber
  • Flat-Free Rubber

Wheel Applications

Polyurethane

Polyurethane

Load Capacity Range per Caster Set (4):

1200-4000 lbs.

  • Nonmarking Tread
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Quiet Operation
  • Integrated Grease Zerk

Applications:

Industrial, Warehouse, Institutional

Mold-On Rubber

Mold-On Rubber

Load Capacity Range per Caster Set (4):

2000-2400 lbs.

  • Cushion Tread
  • Absorbs shock/vibration
  • Floor Protection
  • Quiet Operation

Applications:

Industrial & Warehouse

Phenolic

Phenolic

Load Capacity Range per Caster Set (4):

3600-5000 lbs.

  • Chemical Resistant
  • High Temperature
  • Nonmarking

Applications:

Least rolling resistance, but does not adsorb vibrations


Wheel Comparisons

Least

Cushion

Most

Phenolic

Phenolic

Polyurethane

Polyurethane

Mold-On Rubber

Mold-On Rubber

Most

Load Capacity

Least


Cushion Wheel Applications

Pneumatic

Pneumatic

Load Capacity Range per Caster Set (4):

1200-4000lbs.

Air Filled rubber tire on a metal hub is able to easily roll over uneven surfaces and bumps.

Requires air pressure.

Solid Rubber

Solid Rubber

Load Capacity Range per Caster Set (4):

1200-1600 lbs.

Cushioned rubber tire that is more stable and easier to roll under heavy loads than pneumatic.

Rugged and maintenance free.

Flat-Free

Flat-Free

Load Capacity Range per Caster Set (4):

1600 lbs.

Wide Rubber tread disperses the load better over irregular or softer surfaces. Less tread compression than pneumatic or solid rubber tires. Only available with off-set hub.


Cushion Wheel Comparisons

Least

Maintenance

Most

Solid Rubber

Solid Rubber

Flat-Free

Flat-Free

Pneumatic

Pneumatic

Most

Cushion

Least


Swivel vs. Rigid Caster

Swivel Caster

Swivel Caster

Rigid Caster

Rigid Caster


Additional Brake Options

Floor Lock

Floor Lock

Floor Locks are available on most of our Little Giant carts & trucks with 6" or 8" casters.

This locking mechanism is mounted to the bottom of your cart or truck and stops unwanted movement when loading and unloading.


Wheel Brake Options

Rough/Uneven/Outdoor

Total Lock Brakes

Locks both the rotation of the wheel, as well as the swivel of the caster.

Only available on the 5" polyurethane caster..

Rough/Uneven/Outdoor

Swivel Position Lock

Converts swivel caster to riogid by locking he swivel movement.

Only available on the 8" Heavy-Duty phenolic caster.

Rough/Uneven/Outdoor

Wheel Brakes

Locks the rotation of the wheel. Does not lock the swivel movement of caster.

2 Rigid, 2 Swivel: Wheel brakes on the rigid casters (2 total) are required to effectivly lock the cart in position.

4 swivel: Wheel brakes on each of the caster are required to lock movement of the unit.