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Locking Caster Safety Tips and General Maintenance Guide

By Dina

This article provides you with a general maintenance guide all equipment with Locking Caster. You must carefully selects various types of casters to fit the applications and needs of each piece of equipment, for example, some casters have grease fittings and others do not. Some casters have brakes or Locking Caster and others do not or caster without brake. Please read this article carefully and adapt your care and maintenance to suit the casters on your equipment.

Regular and proper maintenance is safety step for Locking Caster the most importance, always remember. For the proper operation and maintenance are responsible for your equipment. If abused or subjected to improper demands for which it was not designed will become inefficient and unsafe for your any equipment. You will get the maximum safety and services performance from your Locking Caster if you equipment is regularly maintained and not abused.

Always observe the following rules:

  1. Never overload the equipment with Locking Caster.
  2. Never drop heavy loads on the equipment with Locking Caster.
  3. Never subject the equipment with Locking Caster to operation at high speeds.

These actions create severe impact and shock loads that can lead to wheel, Locking Caster, and equipment failure.

Periodically turn the equipment on its end or side and check the following:

  1. Look for broken welds or deck boards.
  2. Tighten all loose bolts and nuts.
  3. Look for frame distortion caused by overloads and impact loads. Distorted frames can lead to wheel failure by placing disproportionate loads on one or two casters of the Locking Caster.
  4. On threaded stem casters of type Locking Caster, make certain that the legs of the equipment are not bent, and that all mounting bolts are securely fastened.
  5. Always use locknuts or lock washers when mounting Locking Caster.
  6. Be sure that Locking Caster with expanding applicators in tubular framed equipment is firmly in place.

Inspection Frames and Fasteners of the Locking Casters

Please check your wheels of the Locking Caster for visible tread wear. The flat spots may be indication an accumulation of the foreign material, such as string, thread, or hair, which can cause the wheel of the locking to rotation. Remove the wheel from Locking Caster with the remove the axle bolt and nut, and clean out foreign material, and check internal components for wear or failure. So reassemble the wheel for the Locking Caster if the parts are not damaged. If foreign material is a continuing problem, the wheel of the Locking Caster must be change with new of the wheel. The flat spots can also cause for the loose Locking Caster and frozen wheel.

Loose casters and frozen wheels can also cause flat spots. For the proper maintenance, especially tightening of bolts, proper lubrication, and replacement of damaged Locking Caster will enhance equipment roll ability and tracking performance. Erratic steering, bumping, load shifting and damage to the floor caused badly worn the wheel of the Locking Caster. We recommend for you to replacement Locking Caster, wheels or bearing to reduce costly downtime. After the wheels of the Locking Caster have been inspected and repaired, be sure the axle nut is properly tightened. Use lock washers or locknuts on all axles. If the caster axle is loose, tighten immediately. The wheel may lockup or become damaged if it is not straight in the caster horn. Check the swivel assembly for excessive play due to wear. If the swivel assembly is loose, replace the fork or the entire Locking Caster. If the caster has a king bolts and nut, make sure it is fastened securely. If the swivel does not turn freely, check for corrosion or dirt binding the raceways. Again, it may be necessary to replace the swivel of the Locking Caster assembly or the entire Locking Caster.

Check brakes and locks for proper operation of the Locking Caster

Apply brakes one at a time and attempt to move the equipment to make sure that each brake is not slipping or loose. If brakes slip due to worn or damaged wheels, replace the wheels immediately, and retest the brakes. If the brake mechanism itself is not operating properly, repair or replace it. Always retest brakes immediately after repair or replacement, before returning the equipment with Locking Caster to use.

Lubricants for the Locking Caster

Some Locking Caster has grease fittings and some do not. On Locking Caster with grease fitting, lubrication is essential. The working condition and on your specific application the schedule lubricating will depend. In generally lubrication every six month, monthly lubrication may be necessary. The life of wheel and swivel bearings of the Locking Caster adds when you regularly lubricant. A little lube spillover to friction points on the wheel hub, thrust washer, and leg surface of straight roller bearing systems reduces drag and improves roll ability. On equipment to frequent washing, Locking Caster lubrication may be required after each washing. Washing can actually wash the grease out of wheel and swivel bearings of the Locking Caster. Special high-temperature, water-resistant lubricants may be used for these applications. Stainless steel caster is requiring less maintenance if equipment frequent washing. Fitting grease usually placed in two positions, one for wheel and one for swivel of the Locking Caster. Use enough grease to fill the bearing, but not so much that it oozes out of the grease seal. After applying the grease, turn the wheel or swivel of the Locking Caster several times in both directions to distribute the grease evenly. We recommend that you use either of the following greases when lubricating your Locking Caster:

  1. CITGO EP-1
  2. Exxon Beacon EP 1

Based on available information, these products are not expected to produce adverse effects on health when used for the intended application and the recommendations provided in the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are followed. MSDS’s are available via the Internet.