Caster Guide

When choosing the correct caster size and wheel type for your needs, it is important to consider various factors. Caster size plays a crucial role in determining load capacity and maneuverability. Larger casters are generally capable of bearing heavier loads and provide better mobility over uneven surfaces. Smaller casters, on the other hand, are ideal for lighter loads and tighter spaces. Additionally, the wheel type is essential in determining the caster's rolling performance on different surfaces. We offer a range of wheel options, including hard rubber, polyurethane, and thermoplastic, each with unique characteristics such as durability, shock absorption, and resistance to chemicals or high temperatures. Considering the weight, conditions, and specific requirements of your application will help you make an informed decision when selecting the appropriate caster size and wheel type from our offerings.

Wheel Material


Colson Performa Wheel Flat Grey Tread with Capacity to 325 poundsPerforma wheels offer the advantages of both hard and soft tread materials in a single wheel. Like a hard tread wheel, Performa rolls easily and is very durable. Like a soft tread wheel, it rolls quietly, protects floors and resists impacts with a cushion ride. It also features maximum weather-ability, low temperature flexibility, resistance to chemicals, water and steam, and rejects floor debris such as metal shavings. Non-marking thermoplastic elastomer tread is permanently bonded to a ribbed polyolefin wheel core.


Colson Polyolefin Wheel with capacity to 300 poundsDesigned for hard impacts and heavy loads, this wheel is injection molded from an exclusive Colson polyolefin compound. The unique ribbed design adds strength. Very light in weight, yet the impact strength of this wheel is far superior to hard rubber wheels. It offers superior resistance to most oils, chemicals, grease, gasoline, cooking fats and acids. In addition, the wheel is stain resistant, non-marking and provides zero water absorption.


Moldon Polyurethane HI-TECH Wheel with capacity to 300 poundsPolyurethane tread is bonded to a polyolefin core. Tread is molded in, around and through a ribbed extension of the core to prevent debonding. Standard colors are maroon tread on grey core. This is a very attractive, all purpose wheel. Resistant to most chemicals, solvents, water and acids.


Colson Cast Iron wheel with capacity up to 600 poundsThis wheel should be specified when excessive load weights are involved and floor protection is not a factor. Its high strength withstands sharp impacts. Cast Iron wheels should not be used if noise is of major concern or if loads are fragile.


Colson Phenolic wheel for 2 Series Casters with capacity up to 300 poundsPhenolic resin wheels are filled with macerated fabric. This wheel provides quieter operation than steel or aluminum, provides superior floor protection, and resists hard impacts, most chemicals and steam. The standard color is black.



Brake Types

Colson 2 Series Swivel Top Plate Caster with Top Lock BrakeTop Lock - Top Lock brakes provide positive braking action on all types of wheels. A special cam activated brake mechanism locks firmly and is easy to engage and disengage. Available on all swivel models.