Brake Options for Casters & Wheels

Carts, racks, work tables, and other equipment outfitted with casters often benefit from having built-in brakes. These help hold storage and transportation devices steady, so they can’t roll away unexpectedly, thus preventing product damage and employee injury. RWM Casters offers several different caster wheel brake options, each with its own benefits and applications. Whether you want swiveling or rigid casters with brakes, you’ll find what you’re looking for from RWM.

NOTE: All brakes are available installed from the factory while only the WB, ICWB, MICWB, SICWB, FICWB, FCNB, FCSTLB, FCNTLB brakes can be installed in the field.

Types of Caster Wheel Brakes

Understanding more about the different brake options available can help you make the right selection for your business. Here are some of the most popular caster brake styles in use today.


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27 Series Field Installable Face Contact Brake (ICWB)

Face contact wheel brakes offer substantial braking power with compatible wheel types. You must tighten a brake shoe by pressing a pedal or turning a T-handle screw against the tread to activate the brake. Face contact brakes with total lock capabilities also stop the caster from swiveling.

Metal face contact brakes are another variety that allows for reliable wheel locking in demanding, high-temperature applications. Face contact brakes offer easy field installation, toe operation, an easy push pedal, and only one rotating part. They are also maintenance-free and corrosion-resistant and are available in 3″, 3-1/2″, 4″, and 5″ sizes.


Metal Custom Caster

27 Series Brakes Field Installable Side Action Brake (WB)

Side action brakes offer easy field installation and self-adjust to wheel wear. They are easy to engage and disengage, corrosion-resistant, and available in 3”, 3-1/2”, 4”, 5” sizes.



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Side Wheel Brake (WB)

Side wheel brakes are effective for keeping medium-duty carts and racks stationary. You engage the brake with your foot or hand. The more force you apply, the tighter the brake clamps down on the wheel hub. Over time, the ability to lock a side-wheel brake diminishes, so it’s most appropriate for equipment that requires infrequent locking.

Side wheel brakes are available on 40, 45, 46, 47, 48, 52, 65, and 70 Series. This economical brake is designed to be used on 4” to 8” diameter wheels (1-1/2” and 2” only) and can be used with plain roller bearings. Styles may differ depending on the series.

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Side Brake Steel Tread Brake (STB) (WBT)

Side brake steel tread brakes are available on the 45 (STB) and 46 (WBT) Series. They may be used with swivel locks.

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Wrap-Around Wheel Brake (WWB)

Wrap-around wheel brakes are mechanically similar to side wheel brakes, but they solve the problem of orienting the casters properly so that you can reach the brake with your foot. This saves time and keeps employees safe when maneuvering heavy loads. This brake fits 2” wide wheels only.

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Face Contact Nylon Brake (FCNB)

Face contact nylon brakes are available on the 46 Series. Nylon brakes are corrosion-resistant.


Face Contact Nylon Total Lock Brake (FCNTLB)

Face contact nylon total lock brakes are available on the 46 Series. Locks both wheel and swivel action. Nylon brakes are corrosion-resistant.

Close up shot of RWM Casters' Face Contact Steel Total Lock Brake (FCSTLB)

Face Contact Steel Total Lock Brake (FCSTLB)

Face contact steel total lock brakes are available on the 46 Series. These breaks are front-mounted and lock both wheel and swivel action.

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Field Installable Face Contact Brake (ICWB)

ICWB is the only face contact brake in the industry that will accommodate a demountable swivel lock and easy field installation. Caster, brake, and DSL can be purchased separately. Patent Pending. They are available in 4”, 5”, 6”, and 8” sizes and easily install on the 46, 47, 48, 52, 65, and 70 Series but only fit 2” wide wheels.

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Stainless Steel Field Installable Face Contact Brake (SICWB)

Stainless steel field installable face contact brakes are available in 4”, 5”, 6”, and 8” sizes. This brake fits 2” wide wheels only.


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Metal Field Installable Face Contact Brake (MICWB)

The MICWB provides a more heavy-duty, all-aluminum brake pedal that can be utilized in high-temperature applications. Like the ICWB counterpart, the pedal rotates a metal pad, which locks the wheel in place.

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Welded T-Handle Brake (WTHB)

Welded T-handle brakes are available for use on the RWM S65 and S75 Series. The T-handle is hand twisted to squeeze the hub of the wheel and prevent rotation.


Field Installable Cam Wheel Brake (FICWB)

Our field-installable cam wheel brakes for the 75 & 76 Series are available for roller, ball, and tapered bearings on 6”, 8”, 10”, and 12” wheels. Depressing the pedal engages a non-skid pad against the wheel. Deactivate by moving the foot pedal in the opposite direction.

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Cam Wheel Brake (CWB)

Cam wheel brakes work well for heavy-duty loads. They involve depressing a pedal to engage a non-skid pad against the wheel.

Poly cam brakes are similar, but thanks to a polyurethane pad compressing against a non-skid metal pad, they work in the heaviest applications. This design is available on all Kingpinless and maintenance-free casters.


Poly Cam Brake (PCWB)

Depressing the pedal compresses a polyurethane pad against a non-skid metal pad which prevents the wheel from rotating. Adjustments can be made to increase or decrease pressure against the
wheel. Also, adjustments can be made to compensate for the wear of the wheel over time. Poly cam brakes are available on all Kingpinless and maintenance-free casters.

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Face Contact Wheel Brake (FCWB)

The face contact wheel brake is engaged by compressing the brake shoe against the face of the wheel by turning a T-handle screw.


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Applications for Different Brake Options

Deciding which caster brakes to use depends on the application you have in mind. Many of our brakes are installed from the factory and come with specific wheel series to ease the selection process. Other brakes are available to be installed in the field so that you can upgrade your existing casters.

If you have any questions about which swiveling or rigid casters with brakes are right for your application, RWM can help you make the proper selection. Some of the possible uses for medium- and heavy-duty casters with brakes include:

  • Beds, grills, and toolboxes
  • Assembly lines
  • Maintenance carts
  • Worktables
  • Processing equipment
  • Layout tooling

Why Choose RWM Casters for Casters, Wheels & Brakes

RWM has been advancing the world of casters and wheels since 1935. As the original inventor of Kingpinless casters, we promise to deliver the highest-quality products that outperform inferior knock-offs every time.

Our dedication to high quality applies to our caster wheel brakes as well. We understand that the brakes serve as an essential safety feature. That’s why we put everything we have into making our brake products effective, durable, and reliable when performing in the applications for which they were intended.

Let us know if you browse our brake options and don’t find exactly what you’re looking for. We can custom design a solution for you to ensure optimal results.

RWM is your source for heavy-duty casters with brakes of all shapes and sizes. Contact us today at 800-634-7704 with any questions you have so you can place an order with confidence.