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Place Casters Here to Avoid a Factory Floor Snafu

So, you just bought a new set of casters for a cart. Now what?

The obvious answer is to place them on the four corners of the cart, but we don’t recommend that because it can make the cart harder to maneuver, and it may create a dangerous trip hazard.

To score points with plant safety managers, place the swivel casters at the steering/pushing end, and far enough forward from the end to avoid conflicting with the feet of anyone pushing the cart. Consider the entire swivel envelope of the casters when positioning them. Keeping swivel casters at the side edges will maximize lateral stability.

Rigid casters should also be mounted at the outside edges, but approximately ¼ of the way back from the front of the cart. This compromises some of the stability but greatly enhances the maneuverability.

Should the anticipated load be somewhat tall or the cart have a high center of gravity, then placing the rigid casters at the end may make sense. Just remember that it will be much harder to maneuver the cart, particularly in tight places.

We created a handy graphic that covers the most typical cart applications for (3) standard platform sizes. But, if you want to save yourself the effort, pick out one of our carts at the new, and we’ll do the mounting for you.

Have questions about placing casters? Drop us a line. We’ll be happy to help.

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1 World Trade Center. 24 All-Wood Platform Carts

The tallest steel building in the West belongs to New York with an assist from Hamilton’s wooden carts.During the past – and final – two years of One World Trade Center’s construction, New Jersey distributor Colonial Hardware geared up contractors with dozens of our hardwood platform carts.

Unlike traditional steel-deck carts, a wooden surface protects loads – usually construction supplies – and defends pricey glass curtain walls from scratches and dents.

Mold-on, smooth rolling rubber wheels won’t damage floors before tenants move in, which include residents and businesses like Condé Nast and China’s Beijing Vantone.

And with running gear arranged in a tilt-type diamond pattern, electricians or HVAC technicians can maneuver carts in cramped spaces with ease.

Set to open by late November 2014, the 1,776-foot skyscraper trumps Willis Tower by a few hundred feet. Sorry, Chicagoans. At least the battle for pizza supremacy is still up for debate.

From One World Trade Center to Your Living Room

Kick your feet up on a piece of American and Hamilton history. We build and sell coffee table versions of the same carts used at One World Trade Center.

It’s the perfect industrial-chic centerpiece for a living room or man cave. Plus, it’s just as durable as our factory carts, so pile on all the beer, coasters, candles, TV remotes, and books you’ll never read.

Interested? Call or email Mark Lippert for details. 513-454-2642.

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