Caster and wheel brakes are an essential component of every safely mobilized factory, kitchen or shop floor. While industrial casters and wheels add incredible freedom of movement to heavy equipment like network servers and baking ovens, sometimes you just need your stuff to stand still.
Being able to prevent your equipment from rolling away not only keeps your workplace safe, but it also makes it more usable and functional, increasing your company's productivity and efficiency. Here are the three main options you have when choosing wheel brakes and caster brakes:
1. Floor locks are relatively cheap, easy to install and effective at holding equipment in place.
2. Caster brake kits attach to wheels you've already installed.
3. You can always buy new casters with brakes to avoid having to alter your existing equipment setup.
Save money and time by choosing floor locks instead of caster brakesIf purchasing a new set of industrial brake casters or outfitting your current casters with brake kits is too expensive, consider buying floor locks. These are simple devices that attach to the bottoms of your equipment and press against the floor when activated, holding the object in place. All are made from strong, durable materials and can stabilize large amounts of weight.
Modify your existing wheels and casters with brake kitsBecause they usually require assembly, brake kits may not be practical or cost-effective for stabilizing your equipment. However, if you only need to secure a few wheels or simply can't afford to replace them with new ones, installing brake kits might be the way to go.
Retrofit your equipment with brand new commercial brake castersAlthough casters with mechanical brakes can be pricey, they take up less floor space than floor locks and are less prone to structural failure than brake kits. If you've just purchased industrial equipment and know it needs to both roll and stand still, these are your best bet.
- Make sure your floor locks fit snugly between your castered equipment and the ground. If the object's too tall to accommodate a floor lock, you'll need to use a brake kit or buy new wheels with brakes to hold it in place.