Why would I choose glass filled nylon?

June 30th, 2017

Before we answer that, we need to know what nylon is. Nylon is a synthetic material that possesses high tensile strength.  Doesn’t mark, takes impact and won’t chip, very hard, and works well in a variety of chemicals.  Glass filled nylon is nylon filled with fiberglass to increase strength and ability.

A North American producer of quality glass filled nylon wheels has three important reasons to consider this type of material

  • IMPACT AND CHIP RESISTANCE. You need a wheel that can take shock without breaking apart
  • LIGHTWEIGHT BUT HAS CAPACITY. You’re moving a heavy load but don’t want a heavy wheel.
  • WORKS WELL INSIDE AND OUTSIDE.   You’re using product in a variety of conditions.

There may not be a more “universal” wheel offered. Wide range of sizes from as small as 2” in diameter up to 10” overall.  It’s a high heat solution and is one of our favorites in this environment.  As you can see on our website, this choice is an economical one.

It’s not perfect. Nylon is hard so there could be noise.  Also, softer wood floors might be at risk of damage but that only would be under max load.

Our next discussion is phenolic, one of the most common wheels in the market. As we talk about that wheel, remember this glass filled nylon as an alternate.  The industry believes nylon will replace phenolic at some point.  We’ll bounce that around next time.

Which wheel?

June 15th, 2017

FSR-0830-31Our website has seven categories of wheels. When you click on a wheel, you’ll see it’s subdivided into different types of choices under that heading.  Example:  Click the “rubber” category and you’ll see 8 types of rubber wheels.  How do you select one?  I know the application and how much capacity we need (see previous blog), but there are many wheels that could possibly work.

New wheels are introduced all the time. We talk with the people who make them so we can understand what the product does for you.

It’s time to discuss where these wheels are used.  We’ll start with metal.

“Why would I choose a metal wheel?”

 A foundry who specializes in metal wheels says this criteria is important:


  1. DURABILITY.   You need a wheel that used in rigorous applications. It will stand up to bad floors or abuse. Dirt, oil, or metal chips won’t stay on wheel.
  2. WEIGHT. You need to move a lot of pounds.
  3. ENVIRONMENT. You need a wheel that can withstand extremes in temperatures.

As you can see under the metal wheel heading, we offer three types of metal wheels—cast iron, ductile iron, and forged steel.

CAST IRON. An economical choice that’s available in a wide range of diameters and capacities.  It’s made from metal that is cast into its shape.

DUCTILE IRON. Also cast like cast iron, but can survive more concussion and abuse.  Capacity per wheel is dramatically higher than cast iron.

FORGED STEEL.   This wheel is heat treated and compressed into its size.  This process creates a wheel with high capacities and very high tensile or strength.

Don’t use a metal wheel on floor that needs protection such as linoleum or terrazzo. There is no “resiliency” in metal so it would be a poor choice for products that need a cushioned ride.  And take into account that metal is noisy.

Our next discussion will cover nylon glass filled wheels.



New or Used Part 2

June 9th, 2017

chicken-and-egg-smaller“I’m making something and need wheels”

Finding a wheel for your design that’s going to revolutionize the way product is moved…sometimes that’s a frustrating search. Many wheels look like they’ll work. There are wide gaps in costs. Terminology is puzzling and almost indecipherable. What should I do?

First question for you and for us is, “What do I want this wheel to do?”. Understanding your application will help all of us choose the best wheel.

Next question is capacity needed. “How much weight am I moving?”

Take into account the weight of your product plus the material on it. Rule of thumb—divide total weight by the number of wheels, less one.  Example:  You’re moving 1200 lbs. with 4 wheels.  Each wheel should have a capacity of 300 lbs. each. However, we prefer that you divide 1200 lbs. with 3 wheels instead of 4.  That reflects a more real world example where weight is not evenly spread over each wheel. Now we want a wheel with a 400 lb. rating instead of 300 lb.

Here’s an actual application from one of our customers:

“We are moving trays of eggs in and out of trucks.  Weight of cart with shelves loaded with eggs is not more than 200 lbs.  We need a wheel that can roll over ramps and has a lot of cushion.”

We know what customer is looking for in a wheel and we know capacity rating of wheel is very light—60 lbs. or so per wheel.  Now, we can look into specifics like wheel types and sizes, bearings, costs, and so forth.  But without the application and weight, even if you have a certain wheel in mind, we would not know if that’s the best choice.

(By the way, we will reveal our solution later in the series.  See if you agree or would have picked something totally different!)

Our website is an excellent resource for finding wheels.  We are sure you will discover that more than one type of wheel can fit.  Don’t worry.  We are here to help.

Let’s go a little deeper.  Our next conversation will be about those wheels and where they are generally used.  Till then..


June 6th, 2017

CaptureIt’s always satisfying to communicate exactly what you need to your mechanic, refrigerator repair person, doctor, etc. Your knowledge is a key ingredient to get the correct product or best service.

For the next three weeks, we are going to discuss finding the right wheel or caster. I will walk you through steps to consider, and I’ll share some insider tips. We want to make your caster purchase as easy as possible.

Let’s first start with the wheel.

” I need a wheel”

Have something in mind or are you replacing one? We will begin with finding a replacement, since that is a little easier.

To us, there’s nothing more important than making sure our replacement fits in the same spot as your existing one. Do not assume there is a “standard” — our industry makes thousands of different wheels. Initially, we want measurements more than type of wheel or what is it doing. So, get your wheel and give us the following specs when you call or e-mail:

  • Diameter of wheel
    • This is the distance vertically from one end of tread to the other.
  • Width of tread on wheel
  • Hub length (One of the most important measurements)
    • This is the distance through the center of the wheel.
  • Bore/ axle size
    • It is sometimes easier to measure the hole in the wheel than the diameter of the axle.
    • If you have both handy, double check yourself.
    • Usually the axle is smaller in diameter than bore. This is because it has to pass through the center.

Now you are ready to shop! Use our website to see if there’s an exact match there. If not, don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us. Keep those measurements handy!


“I’m making something and need wheels”

Our next conversation will be how to select the right wheel for your product. Some of the answers might surprise you!


Colors of the Rainbow… In a wheel?

June 1st, 2017

pencils-389995_960_720A big corporation wants wheels that have their trademark colors. Your favorite university wants wheels with their school colors … Is this possible?

It is now!

The caster industry traditionally avoided this question. When they considered it, there were big minimums and even bigger costs.  However, wheel manufacturers recognize changing trends and now want to offer products in color of choice. Supply a swatch, a sample wheel or even color on the internet for your wheel idea.

Here are a couple tips to help you decide if this is right decision for you:

  1. Although minimum runs are dramatically reduced, factories still need to consider each request to see if it’s feasible. I would suggest over 100 pieces as a starting point.
  2. Be flexible on wheel specifications. You might have a size of wheel in mind or have a capacity per wheel that you’re trying to reach.  Tell us what’s important, then we will present the best option.

Atlanta Caster is committed to informing you of new possibilities in our caster and wheel marketplace.  Our blog is a great destination site for all your caster and wheel needs.  Keep coming back and see what expectation you can expect in 2017!

Soft High Temperature Wheels

March 17th, 2016



Two industries have troubles with high temperature wheels. The bakery rack users have wheels that crack or separate under heat.  Medical labs and hospitals have autoclave wheels that are noisy and not floor protective.  Our industry heard these complaints and produced a wheel that solves both!

It’s a “soft tread/high temp” wheel. Here are details:

A proprietary soft non marking rubber is “co-molded” to a core making a one piece wheel (translation—it won’t come apart!) Rubber material is non-marking, quiet, and floor protective.  Core can be either stainless or a high temperature composite material. Normally, stainless bearings are used.  Wheel sizes are the popular 4” to 6” diameters.

Temperature rating is 425 degrees continuous, 460 degrees intermittent. Load capacity is not diminished by softness; in fact, it actually is 25 pounds greater than similar wheels. Because of its properties, it is ideal in wash down applications and offers superior resistance to oil, grease, and most cleaning solutions.

This may be the high temp solution you want. If you have more questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to call1-800-526-3087!

White Nylon Wheels

June 29th, 2015



White nylon wheels may be the answer…

A white nylon wheel made by Albion is preferred in packing and food processing plants. They are resistant to wash down with cleaning chemicals. They can also be cleaned with steam. Made from injected nylon they roll easily and are abrasion resistant. They are available in 3” to 8” diameters, and capacities up to 1100 lbs. They can be equipped with Delrin or precision bearings that require no lubrication.

The 5 x 2 Swivel casters 46NWB0520S are $15.86 each and the 5 X 2 Rigid casters 46NWB0520R are $13.69 each. The wheels NWB0520-08 are $9.63 each. All have sealed precision, maintenance free, ball bearings and have a capacity of 600 pounds each.

Call 1-800-526-3087 and we will keep you rolling.

Dual wheel casters for moving heavy loads

May 22nd, 2015

Dual Wheel Caster
Heavy duty, dual wheel casters, are used in many applications. In the aerospace industry, three are listed here.

Moving ground support equipment, moving tail stands that allow maintenance to be performed on aircraft, or moving heavy fragile loads.
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