Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Caster Guide for a Wheelchair

Caster Guide for a Wheelchair

Many individuals buy new medical casters for a wheelchair when the interior surfaces of the tires tear or after the tires mold to the casters. However, if you want to save time and money, several things must be considered before you go shopping. Once you fully understand your situation, you can buy proper casters for your wheelchair confidently.

Maintenance Considerations

When a tire is flat, a replacement caster isn’t needed; you can fix the wheelchair by changing the tire. You’ll only need another caster in this situation if it’s fused to the tire.

The caster bearings are probably worn out if they constantly produce a loud sound. To resolve this problem, you must only replace the bearings.

In most cases, the tires on a wheelchair won’t spin efficiently. This happens when debris and dirt gather around the axle near the casters. To increase mobility, grab a rag and cleanse the axle thoroughly.

If your wheelchair doesn’t roll straight on a sidewalk, the caster forks are probably bent. You can correct this problem by installing new caster forks.

Buying Considerations

To determine the caster size, inspect the surface of your current tire or caster. Most manufacturers print standard and metric measurements in this location.

The width of the hub is very important because a new caster won’t fit properly if the hub is very narrow. If a hub is oversized, you’ll have a tough time securing your caster in place. To ensure safety, you must buy a caster that’s the correct size.

If you’re going to get new bearings, invest in caster wheels as well. This is a strategic move because a bearing and a caster usually wears out at the same time.

Installation Guide

To install a caster wheel, secure the axle on the bearings and fork. Then, carefully tighten the nut that’s found on the opposite side. Depending on the design, the caster may have washers instead of lock nuts. Don’t over tighten the wheels because the torque will put a lot of pressure on the bearings.

The process of buying casters for a wheelchair is simple if you follow the proper steps. Highly efficient wheels are very important since they increase performance and safety.

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