My wife has a wooden chair with these 2" rubber casters:
Problem: the stinkers fail after about two years:
1) the ball bearing fall out (all over the floor)
2) the sleeves fall off the wood, casters and all. Pounding the
sleeves back on does not help as the wood were the sleeve's
teeth goes in has failed.
I was thinking of adding a little wood glue to the new
sleeves I will get with the new casters, but the casters
will still fail again in a year or two.
Anyone has an opinion for better casters?
Glue won't do squat. If you can use casters that attach with screw on
plates, use those. If not, drill out a larger hole, glue in a hardwood
dowel then drill into the dowel for the sleeve. An even better fix would
be to drill out and epoxy in a coupling for threaded rods, then use
casters that have threaded studs.
If you do any drilling, keep it vertical...being off vertical is one cause
of caster failure.
I favor ball casters like these...
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
I am not suggesting these particular ones, though, I have not used them.
I've used some from HD, they failed and spewed ball bearings. My current,
several year old ones were purchased from a company in Canada that sells a
vast array of things mostly to contractors. Can't think of their name,
will try to post it later.
There are very good casters out there. Go to www.grainger.com or
www.mcmaster.com and get some commercial/industrial grade casters and
they will last decades. They give information to help you choose what is
best for your needs.
As dadiOH said, get the ball type and filling the existing
hole is an option.
Also, after you have redrilled the hole and reinserted the
sleeve, put a 14oz tack or similar size nail with a head
beside the collar with the head just lapping over the collar
to keep it from coming out again
exactly, the ball type can swivel in any direction where as
the wheel type needs to turn so the wheel will roll
properly, if not it puts extra strain on the caster and stem
which in turn will wollow out the hole and you'll have
On 09/14/2014 12:35 AM, Todd wrote:
Over on Amazon, my wife found a review of a ball caster
that messed up the reviewer's hardwood floor. Left lines
(slight indents) about 1/4 wide in the floor.
I can't find there reference to help illustrate.
Is this a problem, or did the lady have a really soft hardwood?
I'd say the floor, but it depends on the caster.
With the round ball type there are two densities. What brand are the ones on
If they are chinese that could be the difference
As you can see when you click the wheel tab there are 2 types the Spherical
Soft Rubber (1-5/8" models) and the Spherical Polyolefin (2" models).
I've never had issues on wood or tile floors with either
There is also this type( which is a true "ball"caster) has a rubber or
urethane tread, which would work on wood, too.
If you stick with sheppard, you should be okay. I still think the issue was
here floors, probably chinese engineered crap and/or the casters are cheap
HARD rubber, which I have seen and willl mark your floor
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