Custom Casters Solve Tricky Astroturf Problem
Astroturf is a unique surface that’s in between smooth and uneven, which is why we knew we had to craft custom casters when an Astroturf company needed to haul heavy equipment over stadium fields.
For years, we've made dual-wheel pneumatic casters that haul loads across uneven surfaces. The only downside? They have limited load capacities. We paired those casters to double their load capacity so they could haul up to five tons of heavy-duty equipment across turf.
With a bit of slick engineering on existing products, we were able to turn out a product that could fit this obscure job. So whether it’s for turf, jagged concrete, dirt roads or tarmac, we’ll create a caster solution.
Do you have a custom caster challenge? Call us at 1-888-699-7164.
The Big Number
40: It only takes 40 pounds of force to start rolling a 2000-pound Hamilton model PB1108-H-R3060 platform truck with moldon rubber tires. We tested ours against the competition's trucks with cheaper, imported rubber tires. Theirs took between 53 and 57 pounds of force to get started. That's on average 38 percent more force required. Factor in the cost of back injuries and other ergonomic-related injuries, and 40 becomes a big number. And a big deal.
Pick the Application. Choose Your Wheel.
Choosing the perfect wheel seems like a daunting process. Especially with Hamilton's 12 different varieties of polyurethane wheels. But we've made it simple by sorting our line by application.
If a battery manufacturer needs casters that resist moisture and corrosive environments, our Nylast® plastic wheel is a perfect match. For a warehouse operation, Hamilton's PolySoft wheels are the best choice because they work well on rough and uneven surfaces, turn quietly and protect floors. We've designed our catalog the same way.
Years ago, choosing a wheel was a simple process when there were only four choices: metal, phenolic, mold-on rubber and polyurethane, but as industries and technologies have evolved, so have casters.
No matter what the job, one of our casters can match it. Have a question about which wheel to choose? Call a sales expert at 888-435-1484.
Casters Prep CareFlight Helicopters for Action
Unusual caster applications really excite us, especially when they indirectly help save lives. When this CareFlight ambulatory helicopter maneuvers from the helipad to the hangar for maintenance and extreme weather, it rolls on specially designed Hamilton casters that won’t budge under its weight.
For the dolly, we used S/R-8210-SU dual-wheel, semi-pneumatic casters, which are fitted with two Cush-N-Flex semi-pneumatic tires with roller bearings. Because they're not air filled, the wheels won't flatten. The soft rubber tread cushions the helicopter over the tarmac.
CareFlight helicopters quickly respond to trauma and life-threatening emergency calls in cases where a standard ambulance would take too long to transport a patient, or the area is unreachable by car.
Although these casters were specially made for the helicopter, they work great for supporting precious hauls over paved surfaces. See more custom products on our website.
Round About: If Hamilton Made Shopping Carts...
Grocery store shopping carts, the bane of our existence. We thought about how much better the wretched carts would be if they rolled on Hamilton casters.
Here's what we came up with:
- • Pile it on! Don’t be afraid to load your cart with all the prime rib you want. Or better yet, toss the whole cow in there. You can't overload it.
- • Longevity. The forged-steel casters would last longer than the cart itself. Leave them out in the elements. No problem.
- • Swivel all you want. Hamilton Precision Integrated (HPI) technology allows you to maneuver through blue-light specials, and around the mom and her screaming kids with ease.
- • No more wobbly wheels. With massive casters, you’ll glide over the store floor without jiggling from side to side.
Potential threat? Don't let go in the parking lot. It might just total your car, or someone else's. Yikes.
Sales Tip: Recognize Your Successes, Even Small Ones
All too often, we talk with sales reps that consistently make great sales. They excel, but they’ve set their goals so high that they always feel like they're underachieving or whatever they do isn't good enough. We recommend taking a step back and recognizing when you've made progress, and simply acknowledging it, and:
- • Take notes. Sure, you want to land two big sales this week. But if you made one already and progress on the other, that's a positive. Mark it down as a success.
- • Don't always sell yourself short. Recognizing progress is key to success because if you feel like you’re always chasing an out-of-reach sales goal, you'll never reach it.
- • It's not always your fault if you don't land a sale. Perhaps your customer went with a cheaper, inferior product. Or, as we've heard for years, "It's the economy, stupid!"
- • Focus on successes before failures. This is key to avoid being discouraged, especially at staff meetings. So even when there’s still work to do, you appreciate the positives already in play.
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