Do you need wheels with uncompromising strength and load-bearing capacity? If other materials have failed you in the past, consider upgrading to forged steel wheels. These are virtually indestructible, even when used in the toughest, most demanding, and abusive applications. If you have poor-quality floors and need to move the very heaviest of loads, forged steel wheels from RWM Casters are the best choice available!
|Wheel Bearings||Choice of straight roller bearings or precision tapered bearings|
|Temperature Range||-50° to 800°F|
|Hub Length||Can be shortened or lengthened to order|
|Lubrication Fittings||Standard on 2-1/2″ and wider wheels|
|Bores||Sizes can be altered|
|Keyways||Can be installed on most sizes|
Forged Steel Wheels vs. Cast Iron Wheels
If you’re not intimately familiar with different kinds of industrial wheels, you might confuse forged steel with cast iron. However, these products have significant differences that could make one the ideal choice over the other.
Forged steel is manufactured in a hot forging operation. This involves heating medium carbon steel billets to 2,400˚F or about 200˚ below the melting point of steel. Then, the red-hot metal is hit with high-tonnage forging hammers to enhance the grain structure and increase the tensile strength of the wheel. Precision machining then completes the product with rounded edges to finished tolerances.
Cast iron is manufactured in a melting process where scrap iron and steel are melted in a blast furnace or induction oven. The material is completely liquefied and poured into a mold. The wheel is brought to its final shape during the cooling process. Unfortunately, melting metal rather than forging it results in a significant reduction in strength compared to the virgin material.
The complex process required to manufacture forged steel makes it about 30 to 50 percent more expensive, but it’s also about twice as strong, offering a 20,000-lb capacity compared to cast iron’s 10,000 lbs. Forged steel can withstand impacts as well while cast iron is prone to cracking under such conditions.
In short, forged steel is appropriate for any rigorous, high-capacity application. The incredible strength-to-weight ratio of these caster wheels means they can handle incredible payload capacities. This makes them suitable for bearing the weight of various kinds of industrial equipment. Examples of applications where forged steel wheels could be ideal include:
- High-temperature settings of up to 800 degrees F, such as autoclaves, bakeries, smokehouses, curing ovens, and mobile powder coating racks
- Manufacturing settings, including aerospace, tire, automotive, construction, and heavy farm equipment
- Warehouse applications, such as tow-lines, turntables, and material handling
Choose RWM Casters for Heavy-Duty Forged Steel Wheels
Our goal is to help our customers select the perfect wheels and casters for the job. Our dedication to manufacturing the most exceptional products available anywhere means you never have to worry about subpar quality when you order from us. After all, we’re the original inventor of Kingpinless casters, the product by which all copycats are measured. Don’t settle for inferior knock-offs—choose RWM for the durability and longevity you expect!
We recognize that ordering the correct wheel for your application is crucial to minimize downtime, maintenance, and replacement costs. Check out the specifications of our in-stock forged steel casters. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, no problem—we can custom design your wheels to whatever specs you need, including diameter, width, bore size, and more.
RWM is your source for heavy-duty forged steel rims, casters, and wheels of all shapes and sizes. Contact us today at 800-634-7704 to ask your questions or place an order.
|TG||Thread Guard on 1-1/2″ and 2″ tread wheels|
*Add YY for 3” hub length on 2-1/2” tread wheels.