Rigid Casters

Rigid casters are the fixed counterpart to swivel casters. A rigid caster is designed to hold the wheel in a static direction, such as those commonly found on the rear of a shopping cart. Functionally rigid casters mainly serve to make applications easier to direct when used in conjunction with swivel casters. Rigid casters also support weight directly above them, without an offset.

 

Rigid Caster Fork

A rigid caster fork with a top plate.

Rigid casters tend to be far less complex than swivels, generally featuring only a connection type and fork. With the lack of a swivel joint and bearings, rigid casters are also lighter than equivalent swivel casters, though their capacity is typically the same.

A rigid caster may also be outfitted with an optional braking system.

rigid caster with pneumatic wheel

Rigid caster with pneumatic wheel