At Hamilton, we’re known for the toughest casters on the planet – and now, one of the biggest. Meet Colossus, a series of four 100,000-pound capacity casters we designed and custom built for a federal contractor.
Fully assembled, each caster towers 52 inches above the factory floor and weighs more than 8,000 pounds. Together, they represent Hamilton’s highest payload capacity ever: 200 tons.
“Everything about this job was colossal,” said Ralph Stampfli, Hamilton Caster’s truck team leader. “From the springs to the ball bearings. We even had to use a 30-ton crane, 6,000-pound forklift and 3/8th-inch chain just to move it out of our factory.”
A legendary load capacity is only part of what makes Colossus, well, colossal. Here are some of its unique, super-sized features:
“This is what Hamilton Caster does,” said Dustin Manz of Service Caster Corporation, the distributor that sold the casters. “They are the best out there as far as custom products go, and we needed that on this project. They really came through in a big way.”
“We’re very proud of Colossus,” said Mark Lippert, vice president of marketing. “It embodies everything we stand for: innovation, durability, precise engineering, and, of course, Made in America.”
To cope with the holiday blitz, a global retailer rolled out Hamilton trailers at its 1-million square foot distribution centers.
We built five custom cage trailers to haul 1,000 pounds of cardboard boxes, packaging and recycling materials throughout two of the company’s bustling warehouses.
Unlike the retailer’s old trucks, these four-wheel trailers feature an ultra-durable steel frame, a 60-inch tall cage that’s made of wire mesh and encased in a steel-angle frame, and Duralast® polyurethane wheels that outlast rubber.
Simply put: They can take a beating, and keep up with the onslaught of holiday packages.
Call us biased, but we believe heavy manufacturing is downright beautiful – and we’re not just talking about colossal casters. Need proof? Check out these photos via GE’s Instagram.
At 16,000 tons and more than 600-feet long, the USS Zumwalt is the largest destroyer in U.S. Navy history. But thanks to its unique design, it also has the radar signature of a fishing boat.
The $3 billion warship represents the future of stealth, naval warfare.
Inside and out, it’s engineered to stay off radar. For starters, it runs on electric power instead of diesel. Not only is electric power more energy efficient, but it’s quieter and reduces thermal emission.
Its angular design makes it 50 times harder to detect on radar than a standard destroyer, according to Chris Johnson, a spokesman for Naval Sea Systems Command.
For more on the USS Zumwalt, which is due to hit the high seas next spring, sail on over to Defense News.
Perhaps during a starch-induced coma last Thanksgiving you dreamt of a 6-ton potato. Turns out, it’s real, and it’s making the way around the country on a big rig courtesy of Idaho® Potato.
Unfortunately, though, this spud ain’t real, but is sure is fun to gawk at. Made of steel, plywood, foam and concrete, the giant Russet was built to raise awareness for Meals on Wheels.
Fun fact: If it WERE real, it would supply roughly 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes – give or a take a few ravenous farmers. Check out the behind-the-scenes video to see how the Great Idea Potato was made.
Deep below our factory, the concrete basement rumbles and deafening thuds echo against the foam-padded doors.
This isn’t an insane asylum. Instead, it’s home to Hamilton’s infamous torture track, where we pit our ultra-durable casters against the competition.
For starters, we hook casters up to a circular track that’s lined with common factory obstacles, like uneven surfaces and debris. Next, we overload them – up to 20% over their load rating. Finally, we run them around the track to see how they perform under the kinds of pressures you would find in heavy industry.
Our testing results continue to shock even the most seasoned engineers.
“Just last week we tested a competitor’s latest model at about 200 pounds over its rated capacity,” said Jeff Spektor, Hamilton’s engineering manager. “It lasted 22 minutes before it began to break apart.”
By comparison, our casters ran for two days before we purposely stopped the test. As for why Hamilton still uses the torture track, while many manufacturers consider it dated?
“It’s just one of many tests we run to make sure we continue to build the absolute toughest casters,” said Lippert. “And frankly, we’re not afraid to see how we stack up to our competitors. That’s how we make smarter, safer and even more durable products.”
Want to see the torture track in action? Email or call Mark Lippert (513-454-2642) to schedule a tour. Just be sure to bring ear plugs. Loud is an understatement.
Oily Shapeshifter. Jacked Up Jack. One-Eyed Astro. These aren’t the year’s trendiest Halloween costumes. They’re custom Hamilton trailers we built to tackle extreme applications.
Built for an oil and gas giant, this A-frame tilt cart transforms to fit steel plates through claustrophobia-inducing aisles. Watch the video to see it in action.
Recycling can be a real beast. For proof, look at this 8-foot-wide by 20-foot long trailer and its 28-inch-thick deck to support 30 tons of industrial recycling machinery. But the coolest part? The slime green paint job to match the company’s attitude.
Working with NASA over the years has been both a treat and an honor. Plus, it’s led to some of our most unique work. Like this custom, circular dolly that hauled a space capsule destined for Mars.
It’s fitting that an automotive supplier would need a trailer with 25-inch rubber wheels, which are taller than car tires. We designed this jacked up, fifth wheel steel trailer to haul 10 tons worth of car suspensions without budging.
Our obsession with the biggest, baddest stuff has crossed paths with another non-caster-related passion. Introducing the world’s largest six pack, courtesy of Labatt Blue.
But don’t bolt for Buffalo yet. The 100-foot tall “bottles” are actually grain silos wrapped with 55-inch rolls of vinyl.
Feeling thirsty? Here’s a neat tidbit. RiverWorks Brewery, which owns the former grain mill, will use one of the tanks to house grain to make craft beer in the future.
As for why company advertises a competing product? $$$. Co-owner Doug Swift says he plans to use the ad revenue to help foot the bill for its new brewery
“The [vinyl] can be easily removed, and the process is reversible,” he said.
What pairs perfectly with a giant brewski? The world’s largest cheeseburger, of course. Cheers!
After building casters to haul earthmoving tires, real life Tonka trucks are always on our radar. Appropriately named T-Rex, this 64,000-pound, highly modified garbage truck produces seismic waves – on purpose.
Geologists are studying its effects on the soil in New Zealand, where a series of earthquakes ripped through the country, destroyed buildings and claimed lives in 2011.
With the seismic data gathered from T-Rex, engineers can design and build quake-resistant buildings where the soil is most stable. But enough talk. Watch how T-Rex pounds the ground:
Caffeine not cutting it? Get an extra dose of inspiration with these powerful quotes from influential leaders. Then go out there, and carpe diem! Err, sell more casters, that is.
“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston, Dropbox co-founder and CEO
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” - Thomas Edison
“Nothing worthwhile ever happens quickly and easily. You achieve only as you are determined to achieve… and as you keep at it until you have achieved.” – Robert H. Lauer
“Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.” – Brian Tracy
“I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” – John Stewart
"You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford
What quotes get you revved up to conquer the caster world? Tell us in the comments. We can always use the inspiration, too!