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All of our products are manufactured here in the UK. Bulk discount available on large orders, contact our sales team for more information.
All of our products are manufactured here in the UK. Bulk discount available on large orders, contact our sales team for more information.

Heavy Duty Castors & Castor Wheels

Castors wheels can help support even the heaviest of loads.
Making sure that your castor wheels are in top condition is one of the most important aspects involved in moving stock. This is particularly the case when carrying extra heavy-duty loads.

If your trucks, trolleys, or warehouse cages are beginning to bump across the floor or becoming challenging to steer properly, you may have a castor problem. These issues don’t just represent a serious workplace hazard, they might also cause physical damage to your floors and warehouse racking - leading to much more expensive repairs.

Luckily, for an issue that can have such a significant impact, sorting it out is relatively simple and inexpensive. Heavy-duty castors and wheels are easy to replace provided you choose a suitable product. Removing and fitting replacements takes no more than a few minutes and some basic hand tools.

Browse our selection of heavy duty castors today.


Types of castor for heavy-duty use

There are broadly three castor types for heavy-duty use:

  1. Swivel: These swivel to give you the ability to steer your truck, trolley, or roll cage. They will be situated at the front for equipment designed to push - and at the rear for equipment designed to pull.

  2. Fixed: These provide the stability you need for that extra control over the direction your equipment is heading. Often, these will remain in better condition because they are not subject to the same strains and potential for tyre wear and flat-spotting as swivel castors.

  3. Brake: It goes without saying that the ability to apply a brake is an essential equipment safety function. One or more of the castors will certainly incorporate a braking mechanism. It’s good practice to include one when ordering your replacements.


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Types of heavy duty castor tyres

If you have flooring that might be damaged by bare metal castors, we have an alternative selection to soften the impact. Your tyre choices include:

  • Rubber tyres. For a resilient and smooth-running surface coating for metal wheels. Less likely to damage hard flooring, we can supply solutions fitted with either solid rubber tyres that will never puncture, or elastic rubber tyres for smoother running.

  • Polypropylene tyres. Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer that has become popular for use with heavy-duty castors and wheels. Polypropylene is a robust material that is resistant to moisture, oil, and chemicals. Its temperature operating window ranges from -20 to +60 degrees centigrade. With vibration and noise dampening properties and a high load capacity, this is a fantastic multi-purpose material.

  • Plastic and nylon tyres. Although not suitable for extra heavy-duty castors, these can cater for light loads with the following weight capacities:
    • 200kg
    • 300kg
    • 400kg
    • 500kg


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Heavy duty castors: key factors to bear in mind

For any substantial use, you’ll need to pay attention to both the weight of the trolley and the anticipated maximum weight of the load it will carry. Our stock of replacements take you right up to the 1000kg maximum load capacity.

Generally, a larger wheel size manufactured in metals like cast iron and steel will be needed to distribute the weight evenly. Weight-bearing options often come without tyres, which is fine for outside use and for hard concrete floors resistant to damage. The type of bearing also has an impact on load capacity. Those with stronger roller bearings are normally used for heavy-duty purposes.

Why are my castors not working?

If you discover that your castor assembly is buckled out of shape or dented, replacing the full assembly complete with new wheels is most likely your best option. You will need to check your existing ones so that you can replace them with a similarly functioning set.

If your assembly seems to be in good condition but you are still getting problems, it is most likely the wheel bearings. A simple replacement could do the trick.

A close inspection of your existing equipment might reveal that the load capacity and wheel size is stamped on the side to make finding an exact replacement much easier.


Why buy from BlueTrolley?

Materials and stock moving equipment specialists

We are industry specialists and have been manufacturing our range of industrial trucks, trolleys and cages since 1995. We only source top-quality materials and accessories from within the UK. By choosing us, you are trusting in the expertise of our buyers to find the finest products at great prices.

Unrivalled customer service

Approachable, flexible, and with our customers front and centre, we make it our top priority to provide an excellent experience to everyone we engage with. With a huge range of off-the-shelf products and spares, we aim to deliver your order rapidly and free of charge on orders totalling over £100. If in the unlikely event you have an issue, our fair returns policy means we can put things right without delay.


What related products do we offer?

Heavy duty castor wheels are one of many different types of manual handling solutions we stock at BlueTrolley.

  • Heavy Duty Festival Trolleys. If you’ve ever attended a festival or camping holiday, you’ll know how much hard work it can be taking your bags across car parks and fields. These trolleys make light work of weighty loads and can be used on all sorts of uneven terrain.

  • Carpet Trolleys. Moving carpets and other bulky cylindrical items can be a challenge. Carpet trolleys can be used to carry all sorts of items such as pipes, cylinders and metal beams.

  • Glass Trolleys. Otherwise known as A-Frame trolleys, these have an L-shaped frame which allows the materials to be spread evenly across two storage areas. Glass trolleys are ideal for moving glass and other sheet materials around your workspace.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do castor wheels wobble?

Castor wheels wobble or ‘flutter’ for many reasons, including being used at too high a speed or being misaligned with the ground. It can be avoided by proper alignment and maintenance of the castors, such as greasing them to allow for a smooth roll.


What’s the difference between a wheel and a castor?

Wheels and castors are not the same thing. Wheels spin on a single axis, so they can only roll in one direction at a time. Castors include wheels in their design, as well as the mounting system, which allows it to move in other directions.


What are castor wheels made of?

There are a number of common materials used in the production of heavy duty castor wheels - including rubber, steel, nylon, and more. The type of material used will often depend on the job the castor is needed for, as well as the type of surfaces they are to be used on. 

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