DIY enthusiasts have been all over casters in recent years, and there are a lot of really good reasons why they’re so popular. Not only are they inexpensive, they move smoothly, come in a variety of easy to confirm standard sizes, and they can be used to create just about any handling experience you want when you make a mobile cart, wagon, or base for a machine. They’re even the basis of most mobile office furniture. There’s another option, though, and it’s picking up speed with project enthusiasts and professional maintenance and handy people alike. Stainless steel roller bearings are smoother than casters because they are designed with an interface that minimizes friction in ways casters just can’t. That means you need less effort to get them moving, and the inertia once motion starts will carry it further.
Move Quietly and Quickly
Roller bearings aren’t just smoother than casters, they’re quieter too. That’s another function of the reduced friction. This makes them ideal for furniture applications, including mobile work surfaces like project tables. When you use them to give your work stations more mobility, you can reorganize your space without worrying about whether you are creating a disturbance for the other people who are also trying to finish projects there. You also have the ability to get faster movement. This can be an issue if you’re building something that takes a lot of weight, because inertial compensation can be an issue. For lighter weight mobile pieces, though, it’s a huge advantage.
Choosing the Right Mobility Solution for Your Project
Generally speaking, you’re not going to want to use roller bearings in situations where they might get interference from dirt or fibers, and that includes outdoor applications. If there’s concern about carpet fibers, debris, pet dander, or anything similar getting into the works, you will find a longer life and better performance from regular casters in the right size and weight rating. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a smooth, quiet, fast indoor mobility application that lets you sail around handling everything that goes into your busy work day, then you need to take another look at how steel roller bearings could bring a new sense of grace and style to your next build.
Part of the joy of building new solutions to old problems for yourself is getting to choose exactly the right materials to achieve your goals. Weigh all your options for each project so you can get the best experience out of both the build and the final innovation you deliver.