When you have an at home workshop, space may be limited. Adding wheels to your workbenches and toolboxes can help give you a versatile and mobile space to accommodate each and every project you want to attempt.
With so many casters available you may be wondering which ones are right for your space. Let’s look at some of the different things you need to consider when choosing casters for your workshop.
How heavy the load is that you want to place on swivel casters matters. Knowing the weight will help you narrow down your search for the correct type. Calculate the weight of your toolbench and everything that will be on it.
Don’t forget to add up any tools stored on it, table extensions for saws and the type of materials you use. Once you have a generous total weight estimate, divide it by four.
This will give you the amount of weight each caster wheel will need to support. Heavy duty casters can support over 75 pounds a piece and are generally the best choice for workshops.
Casters are attached in two different ways, plate-mount or stem-mount. Solid, flat surfaces typically require the plate-mount attachments that can be screwed right into the base.
If the workbench or toolbox you have has legs, you need to use stem-mount casters, which are attached directly into the legs.
The larger your wheel diameter, the easier it is to roll your items around your workshop. Smaller diameter wheels can get held up on pieces of debris on the floor.
Wood chips, sawdust and imperfections in the floor can all lead to frustration when your wheels get stuck.
Wheels that are at least two inches in diameter can handle rolling over most items littering the floor.
Caster wheels come in rubber, plastic and metal. Rubber and plastic wheels can roll smoothly across solid surfaces and carpets and don’t scratch floors.
Metal wheels work better on imperfect surfaces with debris, such as a garage or basement floor made of concrete.
You want mobility in your workshop, but when it’s time for a project you want your workbench to stay in one place. That’s where locking casters come in. You can install locking mechanisms on each wheel to make sure you have a stable surface to work on.
Casters can give you the opportunity to work on larger projects by giving you the ability to roll your workbenches and toolboxes into the proper positions.