Cape Castors Providing the Highest Quality castors and polyurethane wheels for a range of Industrial and Commercial applications
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What Clients Are Saying
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I purchased castor wheels and aluminium ladders from Cape Castors. Great Service from order to delivery. Morne Bothma and his team are both friendly and efficient. Again, I have nothing but praise and respect for this manager owner.
Excellent service delivery. Cape Castors provided good service with a smile. The entire process of ordering Pallet Jacks and Aluminum ladders was great and the order arrived even sooner than projected, much to my delight.
I have ordered castor wheels from Cape Castors and we needed the items urgently. Firstly thank you very much for the order which arrived one day later. Many thanks again for your company’s good service.
The friendliness and service provided by Cape Castors was superb. They were quicker, cheaper, and more thorough than I expected, and I had high expectations! The following up and feedback on my purchase of castor wheels was exceptional. The first time here was great and I will use Cape Castors again.
I purchased castors and wheels from Cape Castors. Excellent Service from order to delivery. Morne Bothma and his team are both friendly and efficient. Again, I have nothing but praise and respect for this manager owner.
Cape Castors were excellent and provided just what they said they would, on time, with no fuss or bother. I was disappointed with the service from other suppliers of castors and wheels. We found Morne Bothma and his staff helpfull and knowledgeable - A very well rounded and positive partner. Would definately suggest you use Cape Castors going forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT TYPE OF CASTOR WHEEL SHOULD I USE?
1. Hard tread
Castors and wheels using this type of wheel are the easiest to push and have greater mobility.
2. Soft Tread
Castors are suitable for use on most floors.
2a. Rubber tyred castors give a smoother ride and are quieter. Black rubber castors can mark floors, in this case choose Grey tyres castors. Load capacities are not very high on these castors, also if they are not used over a period of time can develop flats.
2b. Resilient/Elasticated rubber tread castors over come some of the above. These castors do not mark floors or develop flats. The load carrying capability of this rubber castors is a lot higher than normal rubber. Softer tread tyres are useful for towing heavy equipment and offer good all round performance.
3. Polyurethane tread
Castors last longer than rubber tyres and are generally easier for manual handling than rubber. These castors can also cope with heavy loads.
3a. Poly/Nylon castors offer high load capacities, protect floors and have low rolling resistance. Again these castors are used for all types of applications.
3b. Poly/Cast castors offer high load carrying capacities with the strength of wheel as a cast iron. These castors are a heavier product however.
Which CASTORS ARE SUITABLE FOR WHICH FLOORS?
Basically, the castor that is selected must correspond to the quality of the floor in order to have optimum performance. Here are a few suggestions:
Concrete floors - Polyamide (rather loud), polyurethane and Vulkollan® (rather quiet), super-soft polyurethane and highly-elastic solid rubber (very quiet)
Light floors - Grey solid rubber or other non-marking castors
Pebble base - Carrying wheel (biggest possible wheel diameter)
Natural ground - Carrying wheel (biggest possible wheel diameter)
Parquet floors - Grey solid rubber or other non-marking castors
Tile floors - Elastic or highly elastic solid rubber as well as the twin wheels from FTA
Carpeted floors – Rubber or polyamide
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWIVEL CASTORS AND FIXED CASTORS?
Swivel castors swivel in the desired running direction. They can be steered. Fixed castors are fixed in one running direction.
DO I NEED A SWIVEL OR A FIXED CASTOR?
The most common application involves 2 swivel and 2 fixed castors.
Benefits: With it, the vehicle can run in a straight line or a curve perfectly.
The solution for tight spaces: 4 swivel castors make the vehicle movable on all sides. Less suitable for long stretches or moving straight ahead. Not suitable for roads with slopes.
DOES THE WHEEL DIAMETER HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE ROLLING RESISTANCE?
Yes, the bigger the wheel, the easier it is to push-start and push the vehicle.
The larger the diameter of your castors wheels the smoother journey your moveable object will have when navigating bumps in the floor. Rolling also becomes easier.
Larger diameter castor wheels are considered more essential on objects that you will be moving on a frequent basis. Only use smaller diameter castors wheels on objects that aren't moved very often and of course ensure they have the correct load capacity.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT WHEEL BEARING TYPES?
A bearing is a device to allow relative motion between two or more parts, typically making rotating or linear movement.
A Plain Bearing castor wheels are suitable for light to medium loads and where some movement is required.
Roller bearings castor wheels reduce the effort needed to move medium to quite heavy loads.
Ball Journal bearings castor wheels are longer lasting. Ball journal bearings are essential for constant moving applications, omitting heavy towing operations.
HOW IS THE REQUIRED CASTOR LOAD CAPACITY CALCULATED?
It is important that you make the right castor selection as different types of Castors accept different loads.
If you are fitting your castors to any objects like a trolley for example you need to ensure they are built to deal with the weight.
Use the following calculation to ensure you include all of the weight that the castor will need to bear:
Load capacity of castor = Weight of equipment + trolley ÷ 3
I HAVE ROUGH FLOORS. WHAT WHEELS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
Rough floors can be addressed in multiple ways. The larger the diameter wheel, the easier it will traverse over rough surfaces. When larger diameters aren’t feasible different materials such as rubber and polyurethane should be considered as options.
WHAT DOES NON-MARKING MEAN AND WHEN DOES IT MAKE SENSE?
Non-marking means that these wheels do not leave any ugly marks and lines on the floor. Hence, the place where non-marking wheels are used is anywhere where having attractive floors is important. Grey rubber, for example, is very well suited.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CASTOR BODY TYPES?
Fixed castor bracket
A fixed castor consists of a wheel mounted to a stationary bracket where there is no movement. The orientation of the castor needs to be in the direction of travel. Rigid casters tend to restrict vehicle motion so that the vehicle travels along a straight line. Trolleys are more controllable and travel under without the need of correction. Combined with two braked castors they can be left standing safely.
They do need more room to maneuver, so if space is restricted then swivel castors will need to be used.
Swivel castor brackets
Swivel castor brackets consist of a wheel mounted into a bracket that can rotate 360 degrees. Swivel castors are generally fitted in the corners of trolleys to maximize stability. Trolleys are more maneuverable as they are not restricted by the use of fixed castors making them very useful where tight spaces are encountered.
If a trolley needs to be left in one place for a period of time then the swivel castor can be fitted with a brake.
Braked swivel castors
Castors may include a brake feature, which prevents the wheel from turning. This is commonly achieved using a lever that pushes a spring steel brake against the wheel.
A more complex type of swivel castor, sometimes called a total lock castor, has an additional rotational lock on the castor head so that neither the head can rotate or the wheel can turn, providing very rigid castor. If the swivel action is locked but the wheel can still turn, the caster becomes a directional castor, but one which may be locked to roll in one direction along any horizontal axis.
WHAT IS MEANT BY TOTAL BRAKE AND SINGLE ACTION BRAKE OF A WHEEL?
The Total brake brakes the wheel. It blocks both the tuning motion of the wheel as well as the swivelling motion of the fork crown of the castor (the steering)
The single action brake only blocks the wheel.
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Pallet Jacks Cape Town Western Cape
Pallet Jacks Cape Town Suppliers
At Cape Castors we aim to become your preferred partner, deserving the business of the major players in the market place because of our expertise and the quality of products and services we offer.
Castors Cape Town are suppliers of a variety of Quality Pallet Jacks (trolley jacks) in the Western Cape.
The Top Suppliers of High Quality Pallet Jacks in Cape Town Are a Phone-call Away! Call us on 082 693 0000 for more information or a free quotation.
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – Machine Application
A pallet jack, also known as a pallet truck or pump truck, is a tool used to lift and move pallets – For the professional transportation of palletised goods and box pallets under demanding conditions.
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – Who We Are
Castors Cape Town are suppliers of a variety of Quality Pallet Jacks (trolley jacks) in the Western Cape for a range of industrial and commercial applications.
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – General Features
General Features of our range of Pallet Jacks include that they are equipped with an ergonomic safety control handle for one hand operation of lifting, driving and lowering. They are rugged yet lightweight hand pallet jacks, designed to meet and exceed the demands of your toughest workplace environments. Our pallet jacks are suited to every intensive or light operation.
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – Pallet Jack Types
2.5 ton pallet jacks, 1.5 ton narrow fork pallet jack, 3 ton pallet jack all with polyurethane wheels as standard, fully hydraulic. Used for material and pallet handling. The wheels for the pallet jacks is often referred to as pallet rollers with bearings.
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – Pallet Jack Safety Guide
If you don’t need a licence to operate a pallet jack, why should I bother then? Many employers ask untrained and unsupervised employees to operate pallet jacks which initially are not seen as a hazard, but still have the capability to cause damage to employees and bystanders.
Pallet jacks are used to make easy work out of what would usually be a multiple person job lifting a load from point A to B eliminating the strain and energy whilst also saving time. When operating a pallet jack (even for a short time span) you should ensure you are wearing the correct safety equipment including steel capped boots, gloves and safety eye-wear (when transporting dangerous chemicals).
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – Safety Precautions
- Never placing your feet under a machine
- Never exceed the advised capacity
- Using proper lifting techniques when loading/unloading and operating the pallet jack.
- Move the load slowly to ensure safety in case your surroundings change.
- Be wary of pinch points to avoid injuries to your hands
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – Product Range
Pallet Jacks Cape Town – Service Areas
- Western Cape
- Cape Town Southern Suburbs
- Paarden Eiland
- Montague Gardens
- Cape Winelands
- Southern Cape
- West Coast
No matter how challenging or what the size of the project is, at Cape Castors we pride ourselves on our Reputation of being responsive to the needs of our Clients as well as delivering a quality product on Time and within your Budget.
Contact us on 082 693 0000 for more information or a free quotation.
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