I’m building a couple of specialty carts right now, and needed good quality smooth-rolling casters to go with them. There were a lot of decisions to make in those projects, but the caster choice was easy.
I went with Levina 75mm casters from Lee Valley.
They’re pricey, but I have used these casters before – and the larger 100mm size – with great results.
The 75mm casters have a ~3″ wheel size, and can support up to 165 lbs each. The 100mm casters, with a ~4″ wheel size, can hold up to 220 lbs each.
The casters have a grippy rubber tread around a polypropylene hub, and an easy-toggle brake that locks the wheels in both rotational and swivel directions.
I have used these casters for rough-ground projects before, but feel they work better on smoother and interior surfaces, or at least that’s what I prefer them for. I tend to feel bad using them in environments they’ll be chewed up in, due to the premium price.
The casters are quiet, strong, smooth-rolling, and easy to lock and unlock.
Are there less expensive casters? Absolutely, and I seek those out for certain projects too, as well as even stronger and more premium options when needed.
With the 75mm caster, you can choose from 3 installation options – M10-threaded stem, and two sizes of flat steel plates – small 1-5/8″ square and large 2-1/2″ square. The 100mm caster installs with 2-5/8″
x 3″ flat plates in steel or stainless steel.
The 75mm casters came with made-in-France labels (Lee Valley says they’re made in France and USA), and the 100mm casters are said to be made in Germany.
I haven’t found these Tente Levina casters anywhere else but Lee Valley.
Prices start at ~$10.50 each when you buy 4 of the 75mm casters, and $21.20 each when you buy 4 of the 100mm casters.