Caster Brakes

When selecting a caster, it’s crucial to go beyond mere rolling capability. Various brake and locking systems are available to prevent carts or workbenches from moving. Why is this important? Just like parking a car on a hill or navigating through traffic, we require a mechanism to prevent movement when necessary, ensuring a safe environment for ourselves and those around us. Additionally, when using a workbench, stability is vital to maintain precise work, preventing any unwanted movement. Caster brakes come in different types, each serving a distinct purpose. To explore further, please visit our brakes page or feel free to contact us anytime to discuss the benefits of caster brakes for your specific application.

Top Lock Brake (TY)

Our most commonly sold wheel brake is the top lock brake, also known as a side lock. It features a pedal on the side of the caster labeled “on” and “off.” Depressing the pedal into the “on” position moves a lever at the top of the caster, locking the wheel only. Top lock brakes are easily accessible and highly durable. However, they do not lock the swivel, and if not fully depressed into the locked position, the wheel may still attempt to roll. If you’re unsure if a top lock brake suits your application, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll gladly assist you in finding the perfect caster brake solution.

Tech Lock Brake (HY)

Our tech lock brake offers an excellent wheel lock solution. It features a plastic pedal located at the top of the caster, which, when depressed by foot, locks the wheel. This brake creates a secure contact with the wheel’s face, preventing it from rolling. It’s easy to identify and simple to use. When depressing the pedal, you can feel the pressure as it locks firmly in place. However, the pedal’s location may make it challenging to access under certain equipment. If you’re uncertain whether this brake is suitable for you, feel free to contact us, and we’ll guide you to the best option.

Universal Face Brake (UF)

The Universal face contact brake functions similarly to the tech lock brake. It also utilizes a foot-operated plastic pedal to lock the wheel only. When in the lock position, it applies pressure to the wheel’s face, keeping it from moving. This type of brake can be easily installed in the field, making it a great choice for adding a brake to an existing caster with a 2″ wide wheel. If you’re still unsure if this is the right brake for your application, please reach out to us, and we’ll help you determine the correct choice.

Face Contact Brake (FCB) (Weld-On)

Our Face Contact Brake is a beefier, more durable alternative to our Universal brake option. Depending on the caster series these brakes will be installed on, they come with either a pedal or a t-bar handle to activate the brake. This brake is welded on to the caster rig itself. Due to these brakes being welded on, we do not allow refunds on casters that are purchased with this option. If you’re still unsure if this is the right brake for your application, please reach out to us, and we’ll help you determine the correct choice.

Total Lock Brake (Total Lock Caster)

As the name suggests, the total lock brake locks both the wheel and the swivel section of the caster simultaneously. When the pedal is depressed, it engages the total lock mechanism built into the caster. This brake is ideal for workbenches and other applications where complete stability is required. Whether the cart is in transit on a truck or positioned for a task that involves force against the cart, the wheel and swivel will not move, ensuring safety and effectiveness. The total lock brake is available in our 17 series, as well as our DT and FT series casters. If you still need assistance, please contact us, and we’ll guide you through the appropriate options.