For a person on the hunt for all the various ways in which castors are used around us in our day-to-day lives, there’s perhaps no better place to look than your local home improvement store. It’s a veritable “castor gold mine” because not only are they used throughout the store by the maintenance crew, but the isles are also chock-full of products that have castors on them or were designed to have them adapted to them. So before you even enter the store you need to stop and grab a shopping cart, and yes this would be your first encounter with castors at your local Hardware store.
Without them on the cart getting your purchases from the store through the parking lot and into your car or truck life would be a lot more difficult than it is. So then let’s move on inside, and see what else there is.
Now just about everything the maintenance workers and stalking crew use to keep the store up and running is on castors; carts, waste bins, mop buckets, you name it. If it’s used on a regular basis, and is larger than a hand-tool you can bet that they’ve figured out a way to fit castors onto it. It’s to protect employees from workplace injuries, and also to speed up whatever task they have to perform.
It’s the same reasons why so many of the products that you’ll find on the shelves are now fitted with castors, only this time instead of the store employees benefiting, it’s you who’s not stuck lifting the heavy weight objects and completing your work in less time. For instance the new larger, heavier, high-performance shop grade vacuum cleaners, that are so popular now, will all be on castors.
So while we’re on the subject of shop tools, a great place to see how castors are being used is over at the automotive department. You’ll be amazed when you see how much easier it is to work on your vehicle in the driveway or in the garage now, thanks to all the clever new adaptations for castors. For example take a look at what’s available on the newer rolling trolleys that allow you to easily slide under your vehicle on your back.
You have far more choices now because while the older style and smaller unpadded mechanical trolleys are still available, obviously equipped with castors, you can also find upgraded commercial style padded mechanical trolleys. They’re bigger, more comfortable to work on, have convenient trays to keep hand tools and of course all you have to do is give them a little shove with your foot or pull with your hand to move them freely around underneath your car or truck.
Lifting your vehicle to work on it is also far easier than it used to be with the new advanced jacking castors systems. No more having to deal with standard old-fashioned jacks that have garnered a well-earned reputation over the years for being unstable and difficult to use when you have a rolling carjack on wheels that you simply slide under the vehicle. Also the fact that it’s hydraulic means that it raises whatever it’s put under so much quicker and easier, it then lowers it in a snap with much more control with the adjustable release lever.