There are many Configurations to consider when installing Castors & Wheels. Different configurations will affect different aspects of the equipment, such as ease of Movement, level of Control and Stability. Larger diameter Castor wheels provide less resistance to move equipment and allow easier movement on uneven flooring surfaces. Together with the Castor Wheel Size, the Castors configuration should be considered with care. In this article we will discuss the four most popular configurations:
2 x Swivel Castors & 2 x Fixed Castors
Ideal for Equipment that is primarily moved in one direction, with occasional turns required. As an example, consider a Trolley from a Hardware / DIY Store. It allows for maximum control & stability of heavy weight equipment and materials, however maneuverability is somewhat limited and therefore is not ideal for use in confined or congested spaces where maximum maneuverability is required.
4 x Swivel Castors
Four Swivel Castors provide ultimate maneuverability and are ideal for congested spaces or where equipment needs to be moved around obstacles or tight spaces. The increased maneuverability does compromise the level of control, and users may find it difficult to move heavy loads in a straight direction without drift. This is however the most popular configuration. You may consider a typical supermarket trolley, which is easy to maneuver but the control can be difficult when the trolley is completely full.
1 x Swivel Castors & 2 x Fixed Castors
A configuration of One Swivel Castor & Two Fixed castors provides excellent maneuverability in the tightest of spaces, however is generally only suitable for small equipment with light loads. Operators should ensure Load Distribution is equal in order to ensure stability of the equipment. If utilizing this design the Castors Load capacity should be de-rated by approx. 20%
3 x Swivel Castors
This configuration of Three Swivel Castors provides the maximum maneuverability and is ideal for small equipment with light loads, for example hospital trolleys & equipment stands. Operators should ensure Load Distribution is equal in order to ensure stability of the equipment. If utilising this design the Castors Load capacity should be de-rated by approx. 20%
The above information is for guidance only. Customers are advised to contact us for technical advice on each application. No reliance should be taken on the above information.
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