The Importance of Casters


August 2011 |

In our every day lives, convenient inventions help make our tasks easier and faster.  One such invention are caster wheels.  Casters can be found all around us: office chairs, shopping carts, dollies, serving carts and tables.  A caster wheel is a wheel mounted to a fork, but also has an additional offset steering joint, which allows the wheel to rotate 360 degrees.  Casters are usually mounted to a chassis, which is like the wheel frame.

The steering joint on the caster allows for easy turning without changing the direction of the chassis.  When going straightforward, the swivel caster will rotate parallel to the direction of travel.  There are also two types of casters: free moving and locking.  Locking casters have a built-in mechanism that prevents the wheels from moving.  These are often used on larger, heavier items.
Casters can be applied to many types of furniture.  They can improve mobility and flexibility.  Learn how to add casters to your furniture at home with our Do It Yourself Project on page 10.

Source: Farnsworth, Billings. “The Benefits of Caster Wheels.” The Benefits of Caster Wheels. Ezinearticles. Web. 27 July 2011. <http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Benefits-of-Caster-Wheels&id=2433625>.