Phenolic caster wheels are a popular choice because they are easy on working budgets. If you’re considering this option for repairs or upgrades on your equipment, take a close look at the advantages of equipping your carts with these wheels.
Good Return for Your Money
The low price of these wheels attracts thrifty buyers. With proper care, these wheels can hold up against grease, oil, and similar liquids. As long as the outer shell of the wheel remains intact, the chemical-resistant resin is safe for use.
Strength-to-Weight Load Ratio
The process used to mold these wheels provides a product that holds up well under heavy loads. Phenolic resin is subjected to high temperatures and a lot of pressure during the molding process, creating a wheel that holds its shape and handles a lot of weight. In many cases, the macerated canvas is mixed into the resin, and the resulting compound is tough and about as hard as a bowling ball.
If you don’t plan to move carts or shelving around once you’ve put it in position, phenolic caster wheels can handle remaining stationary while under heavy loads. The strength and durability of the material resist warping and cracking under constant pressure. This is especially remarkable when you consider the low weight of the wheels themselves.
Some applications require parts that won’t lead to fire hazards. The non-sparking, non-metallic phenolic resin construction of these wheels makes them a good choice in these situations.
Weaknesses of the Wheels
Naturally, there are some situations to consider other wheels. The hard, durable shell of the wheels may leave dents in the floors if they roll over dirt and debris. Additionally, when the wheels collect dirt or dust, they will get louder during operation. (However, they are still quieter than steel or aluminum options.) If the work surface is rough or generally not clean, you may want to consider another choice. A clean, solid concrete surface is another story, and the phenolic resin wheels could be a good option.
Once the tough outer shell of the phenolic wheel has been chipped or cracked, the wheel could absorb water and begin to warp. The results may include uneven weight distribution, difficulty pushing the load, and eventually complete failure of the wheel.
When you’re looking for an affordable replacement or upgrade, phenolic resin wheels offer strength and durability. They are lightweight and hold up well under pressure. The only drawbacks to using this type of wheel are the potential for harm to flooring or other gritty surfaces and the risk of damage if the outer shell of the wheels gets broken.