Heavy duty swivel castors from Blickle

Above and beyond – in both load capacity and speed

Castors can generally be divided into two different groups: swivel castors and fixed castors. With their vertical pivoting feature, swivel castors ensure that machines and devices can be manoeuvred easily. A swivel head connects the swivel fork to the fitting element. Swivel castors can be provided with different locking devices if necessary to block the rotational movement of the wheel and/or the swivel motion of the swivel fork.

A distinction is made between the following types of brakes:

  • Forward-locking brake systems (stop-top, wheel-stop)
  • Rear-locking brake systems (stop-fix, manually operated wheel-stop)
  • Stationary brake systems (ideal-stop, central-stop)

With the fitting types as well, the optimal version can be chosen based on the application. Although swivel castors used in heavy duty applications are usually provided with a plate fitting, in special cases a fitting with a stem or a bolt hole can make sense.

Anything is possible – Standard and special solutions

Swivel castors used in heavy duty applications also come in a wide range of versions. The load capacity of the heavy duty swivel castors is up to 30,000 kg and the wheel diameter up to 500 mm with a maximum mounting height of 675 mm. Upon customer request, Blickle can also produce custom-fit special solutions for applications around the world. A small selection of special solutions that have already implemented can be found in the Success Stories section.

In addition to applications involving heavy loads, heavy duty swivel castors are also used at higher speeds of up to 25 km/h. Compared to swivel castors in the light duty segment or in transport technology, they are built particularly sturdy in order to be able to move what are sometimes very heavy loads. Swivel castors with two wheels, so-called twin wheel castors, are also sometimes used in this area. Typical areas of application include industrial trucks, assembly and transport systems or indoor and outdoor installations of many different types.

All heavy duty wheels and castors from Blickle are tested according to the test conditions of the relevant DIN regulations - at 4 km/h according to DIN EN 12532, at higher speeds according to DIN EN 12533.

Swivel bracket – Stable construction

Due to the different fields of application and various requirements for the heavy duty swivel castors, we offer various bracket series, which differ in their construction and their properties. Here you will find an overview of the individual swivel bracket series in the heavy duty range:

Series Description Brackets Special features Application conditions
LK  LK series: 
Pressed steel swivel bracket, heavy duty version, with top plate fitting (LKR series with bolt hole)
For wheel Ø: 65–200 mm
Load capacity up to 600 kg
Strong, pressed sheet steel parts, double ball bearing in the swivel head, with stable central kingpin (wheel Ø 125x50 - 200 mm).

Increased service life and smooth rolling characteristics thanks to the special dynamic Blickle riveting process used for the swivel head. Also available in heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant versions.

  • LIK series: heat resistant
  • LKX series: corrosion resistant
  • LIKX series: heat resistant and corrosion resistant
Manual operation indoors
LUH
LUH series:
Pressed steel swivel bracket, heavy duty enclosed version, with top plate fitting
For wheel Ø: 125–200 mm
Load capacity up to 1000 kg
Strong, pressed sheet steel parts, four-point contact ball bearing in swivel head. Hardened bearing seats.  Optimum absorption of vertical and horizontal forces due to the four-point bearing in the swivel head. Highly resistant to impacts and shocks. Smooth rolling characteristic thanks to the special dynamic Blickle riveting process used for the swivel head. Increased service life. Manual operation indoors and outdoors. Especially suited for dusty, dirty environments.
LH
LH series:
Pressed steel swivel bracket,
heavy duty design
with top plate fitting (LHZ series with stem/LHD series - twin wheel swivel bracket)
For wheel Ø: 65–250 mm
Load capacity up to 900 kg
Strong, pressed sheet steel parts, heavy fork and top plate fitting, double ball bearing in the swivel head, four hardened bearing seats, very stable central kingpin.

Resistant to shocks and impacts, minimal wear under high load.

Also available as a spring-loaded version (LHF series).
Suitable for higher speeds in conjunction with obstacles. Primarily for indoor use.
LO

LO series:
Welded steel heavy duty
swivel bracket with top plate fitting
(LOD series - twin wheel swivel bracket)
For wheel Ø: 125–250 mm
Load capacity up to 1200 kg

Solid welded steel construction, double ball bearing in the swivel head, four hardened bearing seats, with grease nipple, with welded, very stable central kingpin. Also available as a heat-resistant version (LIO series). Particularly resistant to impacts and shocks. Suitable for higher speeds in conjunction with obstacles. Primarily for indoor use.
LS
LS series:
Welded steel heavy duty
swivel bracket, heavy duty swivel head, with top plate fitting
(LSD series - twin wheel swivel bracket)
For wheel Ø: 80–620 mm
Load capacity up to 20.000 kg
Particularly robust welded steel construction, with axial grooved ball bearing DIN 711 and tapered roller bearing DIN 720 in the swivel head, with grease nipple, with a welded, very strong central kingpin.

Suitable for use at speeds of up to 25 km/h. Resistant to shocks and impacts. Also available as a spring-loaded version.

  • LSFN series: with steel spring
  • LSFE series: with elastomer hinged plate construction
Suitable for higher speeds in conjunction with obstacles. Primarily for indoor use.
LPFE
LPFE series:
Heavy duty swivel bracket with polyurethane torsion springs, with top plate fitting
For wheel Ø: 100–150 mm
Load capacity up to 500 kg
Sturdy steel construction, heavy duty forged part, with sealed, lifetime lubricated grooved ball bearings in the swivel head. Patented plate spring construction for outstanding spring-damping properties. Suitable for higher speeds in conjunction with obstacles. Primarily for indoor use.

The right heavy-duty swivel castor for every application

The swivel brackets described above can be combined in almost any situation with the various heavy duty wheels. Here also, the wheels are suitable for different application areas depending on the tread. 

The polyurethane wheels, for example, impress with high cut and tear propagation resistance, low rolling resistance, high dynamic load capacity and very good floor surface preservation. A distinction is made between the Blickle Extrathane, Blickle Besthane, Blickle Besthane Soft and Blickle Softhane series, which have a different Shore hardness, among other properties.

Steerable heavy duty castors with compressed cast nylon or nylon wheels, on the other hand, are extremely impact resistant and have a particularly high load capacity. They are especially suitable for smooth surfaces and delight users with their smooth rolling and very low roll and swivel resistance. With the LSSD-GSPO 500K, for example, it is possible to achieve a load capacity of 30,000 kg. This is accomplished with a four-point swivel bearing, such as is usually installed in mini excavators.

Heavy duty castors with elastic or super-elastic solid rubber tyres and a steel rim are an alternative to pneumatic heavy duty swivel castors. This heavy duty series guarantees puncture resistance, maintenance-free operation under normal usage conditions and good stability with precise steering performance compared to pneumatic tyres.

If a high load capacity is required, your best choice is suitable heavy duty castors with wheels made of solid steel. With these, loads of up to 15,000 kg per castor are no problem. If you are looking for swivel castors for use at high temperatures instead, Blickle offers versions with grey cast iron wheels for heavy duty applications. These can be used at ambient temperatures of up to 270 °C.

Thanks to various mechanisms, such as the patented plate spring construction, a robust spring structure with a steel spring or a built-in elastomer hinged plate, the spring-loaded heavy duty swivel castors impress users with spring and damping characteristics that are suitable for the respective application. This ensures that sensitive transport goods arrive safely at the destination despite any unevenness in the surface.

To complete this list, we must also mention the "mighty mites": our mini heavy duty castors. Although the load capacity does not compare to the previously mentioned wheel series, their load capacity of up to 350 kg is still very impressive for the 35 to 65 mm wheel diameter and total height of 52 to 90 mm. Compact castors combine a low mounting height with high load capacities. As a twin wheel swivel castor, the load capacity can even be more than doubled. You can find an overview of the compact castors in our online catalogue.

Below you will find a summary of the heavy duty castors with the different types of wheels and their product-specific characteristics:

Have you lost track of all of the heavy duty swivel castors? Then perhaps the Blickle product finder can assist you in your search. This allows you to filter for product-specific properties and thus reduce the large selection to just a few relevant products. Otherwise, your personal advisor will be happy to assist you with the product selection during a telephone call.