Cape Castors Providing the Highest Quality castors and polyurethane wheels for a range of Industrial and Commercial applications
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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.
About Us Cape Castors Service Areas
About Us Cape Castors Western Cape
Cape Castors supply high quality castors and wheels for the local markets of Cape Town and surrounding areas.
Cape Castors is one of the leading distributors of castors, polyurethane wheels and castor accessories for a range of industrial and commercial applications.
About Us Cape Castors - Explaining the Difference between Castors and Wheels
Many people may not know what a castor is, but when they see it, they may simply refer to it as a wheel and they’d be wrong! When looking for a certain product, you have to be very specific in knowing what you want. And knowing the correct name of the product is key. So lets define exactly what the difference between a castor and a wheel is.
About Us Cape Castors - The Wheel of a Castor
We’re all familiar with the wheel. It’s a round object that will have a hole in the center to use as a spindle to make it work for whatever purpose you need, and that can be anything. One might also define it as a circular disc that spins around on an axle, much like the wheels on a car. The wheel is in fact used for physical movement.
The invention of the wheel has changed the way we live. It played a significant part in the industrial revolution making manufacturing industries stronger by contributing to automation processes producing more goods. If you want to know about the difference between a wheel and a caster, chances are you’re more interested in the castor and what it can do for you.
About Us Cape Castors - The Castor
A castor is indeed a wheel, no way of getting around that, but it’s a wheel on a rotating mount. This is what separates it from the regular wheel. So when you’re looking to replace the wheel at the bottom of your chair or cart, ask your sales consultant for a castor, not a wheel.
Castors are used to mount to an object so that it’s easier to move. You’ll find that castors come in two different styles, namely the kind that has a flat surface so that another flat surface can lay flush up against it, or the kind without the flat surface that can lock into the object.
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About Us Cape Castors Cape Province
About Us Cape Castors – Castor Wheels Cape Town
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.
Cape Castors is a young, vibrant and energetic company with a wealth of experience in the castors and wheels industry.
About Us Cape Castors. We supply high quality castors and wheels for the local markets of Cape Town, surrounding areas in the Boland and as far as George and Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape. Our extensive range of castors & wheels caters for a number of applications. We stock braked castors, swivel castors, plus appliance castors.
The Top Suppliers of High Quality Castors in Cape Town Are a Phone-call Away! Call us on 082 693 0000 for more information or a free quotation.
We are truly committed to our work. For many years the founder of Cape Castors, Morne Bothma, has been providing superior quality products and services to the castors and wheels industry with unprecedented professionalism. After years of ceaseless commitment and continuous growth and development, we can proudly say that our services are united by one common characteristic: Absolute Excellence.
About Us Cape Castors – Who We Are
Cape Castors is a leading supplier of castors and polyurethane wheels for a range of industrial and commercial applications.
About Us Cape Castors – Industrial Castors
As old as the materials handling industry itself, the industrial castor has proved itself time and again as a reliable and cost effective solution to improved productivity across the enterprise. Available in the widest possible variety of sizes, styles and combinations in a range of performance variants to suit every application from trolleys and transports to chairs and railings.
About Us Cape Castors – Advantages of Industrial Castors
- Greater productivity for minimum outlay as handling times are dramatically reduced as process materials are kept moving.
- Professionally designed and manufactured castors eliminate the risks associated with unsafe materials handling or the difficult movement of products, components or materials.
- Versatile and flexible. Castors can be adapted and reapplied for use in any dynamic manufacturing environment no matter how often plants, processes or locations may change.
- Maximum protection of goods is assured as castors eliminate the need for physical transportation, ensuring valuable products or components are moved between points with a minimum of intervention, protecting against potential costly losses associated with human error.
About Us Cape Castors – Castor Types
Types of Castors:
Swivel castor (swivels 360 deg.). Fixed castor (Does not swivel, only moves in a straight line). Swivel with brake castor (Swivel castor with kick brake). Swivel brake castors lock the wheel as well as directional lock.
- Castors can be manufactured to have a rigid frame.
- Casters may include an added functionality—unlike standard rigid wheels, to rotate in a complete 360 degrees. These castors must be able to support a minimum amount of weight while being able to easily roll it on its wheels.
- For ease of maneuverability, castors can be designed to pivot, meaning you’ll be able to transport your items with much more ease should you need to turn a corner, something that regularly transported items need.
- Swivel castors enable the equipment, table, or dolly to move and turn in restricted spaces.
- Ball-bearing castors are covered with a decorative case to provide more aesthetic appeal.
- Both standard and heavy-duty castors may be equipped with a locking mechanism to secure the castors in place to keep the device in a stationary position.
About Us Cape Castors – Duty ranges
Light duty or Institutional castors. (i.e. Hospitals, Universities. etc.) normally grey rubber wheel castors, furniture castors, office chair castors.
Medium or Industrial duty, castors. This range consists of typically nylon wheels, polypropylene wheels, elastic rubber wheels, grey rubber wheels, cast iron polyurethane wheels, nylon polyurethane wheels, bakery aluminium heat resistant wheel castors.
Heavy duty industrial castors. This range consists of mostly cast iron polyurethane wheel castors, or cast iron wheel castor. Wheels within the heavy duty ranges normally comes with ball bearings. The distinction between standard casters and heavy-duty casters is the amount of weight that is safely supported by the caster.
Another place you could use heavy-duty casters is in manufacturing plants that produce heavy machinery and equipment. They are used in aircraft assembly plants, auto assembly plants, and heavy equipment/earthmoving equipment manufacturing plants. The bottom line is that heavy-duty casters enable workers to move heavy parts and assemblies to various locations within the plant with much more ease making manual work less strenuous on the back of your employees.
About Us Cape Castors – Uses of Castors
Standard castors are also used for furniture and appliances in the home. Decorative castors may be attached to shelving units, such as TV stands and desks. However, heavy-duty castors are often used in manufacturing plants, warehouses, and on other large objects that require mobility.
About Us Cape Castors – Product Range
About Us Cape Castors – 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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