Fixed scaffolding casters?

Van

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I've seen/used the type that have an indexed locking ring around the top and ones that have brakes for the wheels. I know they exist it would be up to your local scaffolding retailer to hook you up. Or. Make doughnuts for them and set the wheels into the doughnuts before climbing the scaff.
 

RonHebbard

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Hi all,

Is there such a thing as fixed (non-swivel) casters for scaffolding? Where could one buy them?

Josh
@Joshualangman Yes and no depending upon your goals: During my apprenticeship we used what were referred to as "hay wagon style" wheels while installing high-bay lighting in a facility where pre-cast concrete structures were to be built. At the point we were working, they were months away from pouring floor slabs but were beginning to install internal rail lines the length of the building. The "hay wagon" wheels were approximately 30" diameter pneumatic car tires on steel rims with a parallel, non swivelling, pair on one end and a tie-rod equipped steerable pair on the opposite end. For months I pushed four or five standard sections of five by seven scaffold along the length of the building with my journeyman on top installing conduit, junction boxes, pulling in TW and eventually hanging hi-bay lighting fixtures.
Depending upon your goals, there'd be no reason non-swivelling pneumatic wheels couldn't be fitted on all four corners of your scaffold although steering it could be quite troublesome somewhat dependent upon how many vertical sections you were having to heft around to align it.
Toodleoo!
Ron Hebbard
 

Joshualangman

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Thanks, Van and Ron. This is for a scaffolding set piece that is moved by actors. The set piece tracks upstage/downstage between two platforms on either side, and the swiveling wheels keep colliding with the platforms (there's not enough clearance for them to turn). We want to be able to lock the wheels so they can only move along one axis.
 

RonHebbard

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Thanks, Van and Ron. This is for a scaffolding set piece that is moved by actors. The set piece tracks upstage/downstage between two platforms on either side, and the swiveling wheels keep colliding with the platforms (there's not enough clearance for them to turn). We want to be able to lock the wheels so they can only move along one axis.
@Joshualangman What's the anticipated length of travel in terms of distance end to end NOT how many days or weeks and what sort of rolling weight do you anticipate?
In an ideal world steel V-groove casters tracking on inverted angle iron would run repeatedly accurate if you can tolerate the inverted tracks on your deck and keep cast members wearing sandals and runners from chopping off their toes. This system has worked reliably for heavy auditorium seating wagons for decades. Noise levels are only a problem when cast members scream in agony but most usually learn to keep their toes clear during the rehearsal period. There are ways to put this into practice affordably. Post back if of interest.
Edit: What are popularly referred to as "triple swivels" are another possibility for rolling and reversing without "castering".
Toodleoo!
Ron Hebbard
 

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