What Are Casters?

A caster is an undriven, single, double, or compound wheel that is designed to be mounted to the bottom of a larger object so as to enable that object to be easily moved. They are available in various sizes, and are commonly made of rubber, plastic, nylon, aluminum, or stainless steel.

How Are They Used?

Casters are found in numerous applications, including shopping carts, office chairs, and material handling equipment. High capacity, heavy duty casters are used in many industrial applications, such as platform trucks, carts, assemblies, and tow lines in plants. Generally, casters operate well on smooth and flat surfaces.


Adding wheels or casters to a piece of equipment makes transporting a load or machinery throughout a facility very easy. Since they facilitate motion, wheels or casters lessen physical strains and stresses on personnel as they move heavy loads. Wheels or casters enable easier storage and manufacturing processes because they speed up travel.

Our Story

QC Material Handling Equipment started in 2009 as
Queen City Material Handling Equipment, a distributor
of material handling and industrial supply to the
Cincinnati and Tri-State market.
The Founder, Mike Rider, came from RE Condit
Material Handling where he was the Cincinnati territory
manager. After RE Condit closed suddenly and unexpectedly,
Mike was left with customers needing service,
and projects in mid process. Having an entrepreneurial
background he saw a need in the market and moved to fill the
void. Mike believes he can provide better service and
exceed customer expectations through clear
communication, education and technology.


Replace Wore Out Casters
A caster should be replaced when it starts to malfunction. In other words,
it would be better to replace one malfunctioning caster wheel the sooner than
replace all four of them in a short period of time, or worse, requiring new equipment.
Properly Lubricate Casters
Lubrication is required on the axle of a castor wheel regularly for it to function properly.
Properly lubricated shaft reduces the friction between it and the inner part of the wheel thus;
the workload of the castor wheel is significantly lessened. Lubricating castor wheels
will provide the user ease of moving the equipment around.
Check for Punctures
The smallest cuts, punctures and scratches that are neglected will damage
the whole caster eventually. The most common objects that may puncture the wheel casters are tacks,
nails, wooden splinters, cutting tools, glass and poor floor conditions.
Casters tend to last longer then the equipment it is mounted upon. Some however,
some are not well maintenance and that tends to reduces its life span. Such poor management
may be due to the fact that many people fail to notice their significance.
People do not realize that once the castor wheel becomes inefficient the entire equipment
will fall apart in a matter of time, unless the following guidelines are taken into account.

Fill out the Caster Audit form and we will provide
you with the information you will need. Improper
caster insertion can cause failure in operation
throughout your facility. Let us help you today by
finding a solution to all your caster needs!

QC Material Handling Equipment
7577 Central Parke Blvd – Suite 111
Mason, Ohio  45040

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