|Building a Cart?
Where should you place the wheels?
| Here's what Ollie says:
are several variations for installing the casters on your cart.
diagrams above where this symbol
is the Swivel Caster and
is the Rigid Caster.
Swivel casters on one end and 2 Rigid casters on the other end is probably the
most widely used. An example of this is a baggage cart at an airport. You
should push from the swivel end and the rigid casters allow you to maintain a
straight line when pushing the cart long distances. The disadvantage is that
you have to "park" it to get it against a wall as you can not push it
Swivel casters is another widely used arrangement when you need to maneuver in
confined spaces. This is typically seen on a "furniture dolly". The advantage
to this is that you can push it sideways, spin in place and make tight turns.
The disadvantage is that it is difficult to move in a straight line when
pushing heavy loads long distances.
caster arrangement can be made in 2 different ways, both utilize 4 Swivel
casters and 2 Rigid casters. All the casters can be the same height or the 2
rigid casters in the middle can be slightly larger. With 6 casters you increase
the capacity of the cart. With the 2 rigid casters slightly taller in the
middle, you can turn around within the length of the cart. This can typically
be seen at Lowes, Home Depot and on stock carts in grocery stores.
is a variation on # 3 using 2 Swivel casters and 2 Rigid casters. They can be
the same height or the rigid casters can be slightly taller.
unique design uses 4 Rigid casters with the 2 middle ones slightly taller. When
you push from one end, you are able to make turns. This design is only used on
very light weight carts to move short distances.
who knew there were so many ways to build a cart. # 3 is very good for long
carts, # 2 is great for moving small items in small areas and if you have to
push things long distances, make sure that you use some rigid casters.