According to Wikipedia, Scaffolding (also called scaffold or staging), is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and all other man-made structures. Scaffolds are widely used on site to get access to heights and areas that would be otherwise hard to get to.
With that definition in mind, I want to clarify what a scaffolding caster is now… A Scaffolding Caster is a caster which has a stem mount and a brake which is used to make any scaffolding unit mobile and stationary – the brake being the component that adds the stationary component. Obviously safety is a key concern when working with or on any scaffolding unit and if you are going to be working on the scaffolding unit, you want to ensure the scaffolding is not going to roll or shift while you are standing and working up high. This idea of safety really highlights the importance of the brake on our scaffolding casters.
Here at The Caster Guy, our Scaffolding Casters come in 6” x 2” and 8” x 2” options both with a rubber on iron wheel (e have more options available but these are two of the most common). The rubber on iron wheel is great for the industrial environments you will typically find a scaffolding unit in. This wheel is good at providing a smooth role while offering an adequate load capacity for the weight requirements of the scaffolding unit. The wheels have steel roller bearings in them which can be greased to increase their lifespan of the caster and allow for increased roll performance. A unique feature held by a scaffolding caster is its stem size. These casters are equipped with a 1-3/8” x 3-7/8” round stem that has two ½” holes drilled at 1-1/4” and 2-3/8” up from the base. This mounting setup allows the caster stem to fit perfectly into your scaffolding unit where you can secure it with 1 or 2 bolts through the predrilled fastening holes. These are very easy to replace.
Another key feature that distinguishes a scaffolding caster is its unique total lock brake design. The total lock brake is mounted on the front of the caster rig allowing for easy access. The brake petal is stationed in an upward angle while not engaged making it easy to see, reach and access when you need to kick it down to engage. Pushing or kicking it down with your foot is easy to lock your scaffolding unit into a stationary position. The brake is then easily disengaged with your foot when you need to make the unit mobile again. These are designed to be very user friendly.
Scaffolding casters are designed for their specific use on scaffolding units and are easy to identify by their unique design and look. These casters are essential to many scaffolding units and can drastically improve your efficiency when working on a scaffolding unit. Replacing these casters is unbelievably easy so don’t go another day struggling to move your scaffolding with its current busted up casters. Call us now to replace them today!