Getting the Best Out of Your Tool Box Casters: Best Maintenance Practices

If a material handling equipment such as a towline or a platform cart isn’t working properly, it’s because the caster wheels are worn out. Worn out caster wheels are at fault nine out of ten times, especially if the failure involves material handling equipment. Therefore, if your equipment is failing and you are unsure of what’s causing it, be sure to give a good look at the caster wheels. Visually inspecting the wheels should pinpoint the problem quite easily.

If you find that the wheels are rougher or worn out in some of the areas, consider replacing them. It’s pretty easy to identify a problem with caster wheels, and fixing it shouldn’t be a problem either. However, you can take a proactive approach and prevent these issues even before they occur. Here are some of the steps you can take to ensure that your tool box casters are always in good shape:


Lubricate grease fittings regularly and consistently to keep your caster wheels in a good working condition all the time. Make a point to applying some lubricant every six months, that is if your caster wheels operate under normal working conditions. Lubrication may be required more often than that if you use a wet or corrosive lubricant.


Thoroughly inspect your wheels on a regular basis. Check for signs of wear and tear, flat spots, uneven surfaces, etc. If you find any flat spots or visible signs of wear and tear, fix it before it causes extensive damage that may render the wheel useless. These problems are usually caused by the accumulation of foreign material.

The accumulation of a seemingly benign matter such as string, hair, or a thread can bind the wheel leading to the creation of flat spots. If you find that your rubber tires are worn badly, they should be replaced immediately to prevent steering, load shifting, and floor damage. Conduct regular inspection to avoid such.

Check Fasteners

In some cases, fasteners and wheel frames can cause the failure of caster wheels. Many manufacturers recommend that you conduct periodic fastener and wheel frames inspection to make sure that everything is in a good working condition. It’s very easy to do that and it can save you the money and the time you will use to do a full repair.

To inspect the fasteners, turn the equipment upside down and observe closely. Here, you will be checking for unsteady expanding applicators, distorted framework, loose nuts and bolts, as well as broken welds or deck boards. If you identify any problems, make sure that they are fixed properly before you go back to use the equipment. If you continue to use it in that condition, you will only cause more damage.

As the user, you are responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of the equipment. Don’t abuse or subject the equipment to unreasonable demands. Do not drop loads on the trucks or carts, don’t overload them either. If you are operating the equipment on a rough surface, don’t be hasty. Your wheels or equipment will fail after a short time.