In this guide we’ll look at the best heavy duty castors.
We’ve compared max load rating, wheel size, brakes and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Heavy Duty Castor?
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DSL Heavy Duty Double Bearing Braked Rubber Swivel Castor Wheels & Trolley Furniture Castors Review
When it comes to the best extra heavy duty castors, these DSL rubber furniture castors are the real deal. Rated for an astonishing 700 kg, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a stronger set of castors for the price.
The red no-scuff wheels on the DSL castors have solid wheel hubs and two sets of bearings for extra strength and smoothness, and four fixing points per castor for the nuts and bolts that come with them. The foot levers on the brakes were well made and easy to operate.
The feature we liked the most were the brakes. Having a brake on each of the four swivel castors was an excellent safety measure and meant that whatever you put these castor wheels on could be transformed into a solid surface, making these DSL castors the best heavy duty swivel castors on this list.
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Coldene Set of Rubber Castors Review
This set of Coldene rubber castors are made from durable pressed steel sheet, with natural rubber wheels. Strong enough to carry the heaviest of loads, they’re the best heavy duty castors with fully locking brakes. It’s just a shame that only two of the four rubber castors had these locks.
Our favourite feature on these Coldene castors were the clever locks that not only stop the wheels from turning, but locks the swivel as well. There’s no chance that the object they’re attached to will move when locked into position.
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GBL Heavy Duty Castor Wheels Set Review
Made with steel plate and featuring a double bearing system, the GBL Heavy Duty castor wheels are small but mighty. At only 70 mm in height overall, these GBL castor wheels are the best heavy duty low level castors on the list, perfect for making things movable without adding too much to their height.
We liked the no-nonsense black coating, as opposed to the normal bright silver finish on other castor wheels. They blend in well if you want discrete castors on items of furniture around the home.
The brakes felt solid, with a large foot lever for their small size, and the included fixings were fit for the task as well.
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Doublelife Heavy Duty Swivel Castor Wheels with Brake Review
Easily the smallest on the list, these Doublelife swivel castors have an excellent load rating, whilst being small enough to not add any extra width to whatever you attach them to. For their size, these Doublelife castors are the best extra heavy duty castors we’ve looked at.
It’s worth bearing in mind though that these castor wheels do not come with steel fixing plates though, they are mounted on 8 mm threaded bar. Whatever you want to attach it to will need an appropriate cavity, or space to bolt it on the other side.
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H&S Heavy Duty Swivel Castor Wheels Review
These H&S furniture castors come with heavyweight non-marking polyurethane wheels and solid steel plates to fix them on to whatever needs moving. These furniture castors roll smoothly on flat, even floors, but have enough height to get over small bumps and steps.
The brake levers were easily operated by foot and felt solid enough. Even though only two of the furniture castors have brakes, they felt secure enough once both were applied. Although no fixings were supplied, we think the H&S castors are some of the best heavy duty low level castors available today.
Heavy Duty Castor Buyer’s Guide
Heavy furniture, workbenches or large machines are not normally considered to be portable. This doesn’t have to be the case if space is at a premium though. By using trolley wheels, dolly wheels, furniture castors, or just heavy weight castors such as the GBL Heavy Duty Castor Wheels Set, any wardrobe, bench or home appliance can be rolled to wherever it’s needed with minimal effort and maximum safety.
Whenever you’re dealing with very heavy weights, steel is a good choice for construction material. Even though it’s heavy, it’s incredibly strong and long-lasting. The best heavy duty castors like the Doublelife Heavy Duty Swivel Castor Wheels or the H&S Heavy Duty Swivel Castor Wheels have steel fixing plates for rigidity, and use one or two sets of steel bearings to swivel around without compromising on strength.
When it comes to tough trolley wheels or dolly wheels, you want resilient materials like natural rubber or polyurethane that can take heavy loads without deforming and developing flat spots. The other advantages of using rubber-like materials is that they won’t mark floors and are almost silent when in use.
Features to Look Out for
As important as making heavy things movable is, you also need to be able to stop them. Without good brakes, a heavy item of furniture on wheels is a disaster waiting to happen. The best heavy duty swivel castors like the Coldene Rubber Castors use brakes that tighten on the rubber wheel itself, to make sure the wheel can’t slip under pressure.
Moving heavy items with swivel castors should be easy, but just like pushing a shopping trolley, it takes a bit of effort to move them in a straight line. You could opt for fixed castors on one end of the item, like a platform trolley would, but then you lose out on manoeuvrability. The best way to avoid mistakes is to go slowly and remember where the brakes are.
After testing these different heavy duty castors, we decided that the best extra heavy duty castors available to the UK market are the DSL double bearing swivel castors. The fact that they can load a serious amount of weight was great, but the huge wheel size also means that bumps and steps are no problem for the best heavy duty castors on this list.