Advantages of Pneumatic Casters
Pneumatic casters have a significantly longer life span and require considerably less maintenance to operate than alternative casters. These casters provide exceptional cushioning for heavy loads and roll over obstructions such as rocks, pipes, gravel, etc., with ease. Because of these advantages, they are ideal for use within a wide range of industrial applications. They make moving fragile cargo over uneven surfaces much safer and faster.
Crucially, pneumatic casters absorb shocks far better than solid wheels. This provides the protection required to keep from damaging or breaking sensitive electronics, glass, ceramics, and more. Their design also means they are significantly quieter than steel or iron alternatives.
When Not To Use Pneumatic Casters
Because of the larger footprint and soft wheels, pneumatic casters generate considerably more friction. While this creates better traction, more initial force is required to put the tray or cart into motion. It also means that each caster requires a longer swivel lead when turning. However, these can be addressed simply by adjusting the way the load is transported.
Moving a Wide Range of Loads
Pneumatic casters are designed to create a cushioned ride, which makes them ideal for transporting:
- Sensitive materials
- And more!
Pneumatic Caster Design
Pneumatic casters are made of rubber and may contain either foam or air to properly cushion the load. As it’s inflated, the wheel will fit snugly to the metal hub. At RWM, we offer several types of pneumatic casters. These include:
- 46 Series: Features a heat-treated, cold-formed top plate, yoke, and button. These are designed to be easily maintained and provide exceptional service life.
- 65 Series: This caster features RWM’s patented Kingpinless™ single ball bearing precision machined raceway. These are hardened to 53 Rockwell C minimum and feature a zinc plating that provides considerable corrosion protection.
- 76 Series: This design features RWM’s Kingpinless™ single ball bearing precision machined raceway, with a 3-inch diameter raceway packed with half-inch ball bearings.
- 95 Series: The 95 Series offers a sealed, 4.5-inch diameter raceway and three-fourths-inch diameter carbon steel balls. Hardened to a 53 Rockwell C minimum, these casters are built to handle the heaviest loads with ease.
- 125 Series: Our largest pneumatic caster, the 125 Series has a 7-inch diameter raceway and three-fourths-inch ball bearings. When you have a large load that must travel over uneven surfaces, this caster will get it there quickly and safely.
Maintenance Made Easy
Our pneumatic casters are designed to make maintenance easier. Each design features easy access for lubrication and tightening. As with all casters, the more attention to pay to staying on top of maintenance, the more effective and reliable your casters will operate.