Locking Casters and Caster with Brakes
There is a vast selection of caster models that feature a brake or have caster brakes as an option. Depending on caster model, there are side lock brakes, top lock brakes, and posi-lock brakes available as standard or optional features.
The term locking caster can refer to any one of several methods in which a caster is "locked." Service Caster provides a variety of locking casters, satisfying any of your caster application needs.
Total lock brakes provide a system for simultaneously locking both the wheel and the swivel on swivel caster models.
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Popular Casters with Brakes and Total Lock Brake Systems
Within the various brake types there are still further considerations. Although the brake pedal is on the side of the caster assembly, this does not indicate a side locking caster. A side lock applies pressure against the caster fork, which in turn prohibits the wheel from freely rotating. Whereas another brake pedal located on the side of the caster causes a plate to apply pressure to the tread of the caster wheel, once again prohibiting free turning of the wheel.
Position Locks or Swivel Locks
4-position swivel lock demonstration
Position locks, also referred to as swivel locks, require the caster to have a swivel. Normally, the upper raceway of the swivel has notches allowing for a pin to be inserted. This pin when inserted allows the swivel caster to then function as if rigid.
This locking mechanism is desired to allow for straight rolling in a desired direction. The norm is a 4-position lock, although other combinations are available