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Introducing Colossus, Hamilton’s 200-Ton Toting Casters

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014

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.

VIDEO: Witness the Birth of Colossus

“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:

  • Integrated towing system for steering weighs 4,500 pounds
  • Spring-loaded suspension system absorbs shock
  • Extreme duty press-on tires (36-inch diameter)
  • Eight-position swivel lock for directional control
  • Oscillating axle for uneven floors
  • Foot-operated braking system

No Job Too Colossal for Hamilton

“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.”

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