Castor wheels are great – there’s no doubt about it. Whether they are on your office chair, a mail trolley, a catering trolley or a warehouse/distribution cage, these small, swiveling wheels give unmatched maneuverability to otherwise static items. Unfortunately, they can sometimes break – and often people will throw out the whole item. This is completely unnecessary; you can save money and reduce waste Replace Castor Wheels.
Effective Tips to Replace Castor Wheels:
Here is our guide:
First, you need to remove the equipment from use. Someone who doesn’t know that the castor wheel is broken could try to sit on the chair or wheel the cage, and there are increased risks to health and safety in doing so.
Secondly, remove the offending wheel. Castor wheels are usually attached to equipment by way of a plate, screwed in at each corner (your castor model may differ) – so unscrew the plate and the whole wheel unit should some away. If it has been in situ for a long time, you might need to pry it off – a flat head screwdriver should do the job easily enough.
See if you can repair or Replace Castor Wheels. If it is intact but blocked in some way, you might be able to save even more money by simply unblocking it. In the event that any part of the wheel is broken though, you’ll need to move right on to the next step.
You’ll need to find a matching castor. It’s not only the plate size and wheel dimensions that you want to match up. You also need to bear in mind that castors have a maximum load capacity. Try to find out from the original equipment manufacturer or any purchase documents/instructions what the exact specifications of each castor are.
If you can’t find an exact match, then there are a couple of different approaches you can take. It is only the plate size that doesn’t match up, you might still be able to use the new castor – just make sure that there is sufficient space on the equipment to fix the new plate securely.
If you can’t find a matching wheel size, then you can consider changing all of the castors. As long as they are securely fitted, and the dimensions match, you should have no issues. Calculate the cost of a full set of replacements against replacing the whole equipment piece – whichever is more economically reasonable is the path you should take.
Fitting the new castors should be relatively simple – particularly if you’ve managed to find an exact castor match. Simply screw the new wheel plate into the existing holes. To ensuring that the screws find purchase and the wheels are completely secured. If you haven’t found an exact match, or you need to drill new holes in the equipment. Then make sure to do so a reasonable distance from the existing screw holes. So they don’t cross over and provide a weak point. You can achieve this by rotating the plate slightly. When you got the equipment originally, the castors were probably fitted square to the corners or edges of it. So a 45-degree rotation will provide a new, secure space to fit the wheels.