The wheel is possibly Mans Greatest invention and has remained the greatest step in the evolution of mankind until perhaps the introduction of the micro chip and the digital revolution. Obviously the wheel may be a subject which will rarely; if ever come in to the minds of the masses. however here at castors-online it is something very close to our hearts; and rightly so, it is not only the provider of our livelihood but it is something of which the development is our greatest passion.

I was very interested in a recent documentary screened on channel 4 entitled “business nightmares” which highlighted the danger of the failure to adapt and change a business to a rapidly changing world and stick dogedly to the  past and present or being afraid or unable to develop and move forward. The documentary was about the Huge worldwide Polaroid corporation which developed the instant camera which it sold at almost breakeven margins but enjoyed a masive 60% margin on the consumable film packs which could only be used by the camera. People saw that the difference of taking a picture and seeing the result immediately, was a revolution, instead of waiting until the whole film roll was used then sent away for processing and awaiting your pics sometime later. The company became one of the worlds biggest organisations and as the digital age dawned it toyed with entering the new market, but was reluctant to start down sizing and closing some of its many production facilities, and decided to stick resolutely to its core trade. It could have had no idea of the speed of which the digtal camera would  reinvent its market place, The company which was then among the most successful was soon forced to scale down its production and eventually file for bankruptcy owing one billion US dollars.

Castors-online have never thought it could reinvent the wheel but we have always developed and improved the product to what is now amongst the most complete ranges of industrial wheels and castors, We have introduced many new products including the gate castor and the market leading premium quality extra heavy duty NGR series and the heavy duty GDH series which will offer top quality and affordable solutions to all the heavy engineering and OEM sectors of the UK castor market, fast and reliable deliveries backed up with our quality assurance program registerd to ISO 9000.

With this in mind it has always been my strongest belief that the future is NEVER IN THE PAST.

Russell Jones

Now the weather has turned and with the cricket season  about to start,Also with the glory of the England cricket team winning the Ashes series, here at castors-online we start to think about the castors that are bought by our sports club clients. The spring time is always very seasonal for Pneumatic castors used by sport and cricket clubs all over the country, as they all begin to repair and replace the wheels that they have fitted to the Sight Screens and Wicket Covers. Most of the amature and county cricket clubs will only fit to the sight screens and wicket covers  castors that are fitted with pneumatic wheels, there is an obvious need to protect the playing surface and although they can require routine maintenance with the tyres requiring regular re inflation to ensure that the pressure remains evenly spread, this disadvantage is far out weighed by the pitch friendly tyre. Here at castors-online we supply the quality solution with our pneumatic range of castors,  code ref 143499 (swivel) and 143500 (fixed). They are fitted with 260mm diameter pneumatic tyres with steel roller  bearing centres, they have an effective height of 295mm and will carry a load of 200kg per castor. Take a look at the Pneumatic castors on our site.

Russ Jones

Castors-online have added to the massive  range of furniture castors. The range has been extended and now covers the standard office chair fitting for both the general purpose wheel code reference TW5006D11x22, as well as the the soft tread version (TW5006D11x22ST)  which has the advantage of being fitted with a  soft rubber tread, this would normally be fitted when the chair is primarily used on a laminate or tile floor, for instance conservatories or modern office flooring when ceramic and polished woods are used. The fitting which is shown in the online store www.castors-online.co.uk is a standard bayonet fitting which is 11mm in the diameter of the pin which plugs in to the 5 leg star base used on most office chairs. There is a 10mm version which can be ordered but this is only available by calling the sales lines 0161 273 2626. The reason that this has been left off the online store is quite simple, when two bayonet fittings are offered one of 10mm and one of 11mm it may be thought to be logical that the 10mm is standard when in fact around 90% of the office chairs supplied in the UK are fitted with 11mm bayonet fitting on the castor. the decision therefore was made to only offer the standard 11mm fitting so as to avoid needless order returns and replacements and when a 10mm pin is required our sales advisers will ensure that this is what is required and perhaps prompt the customer to measure the unit more accurately than may have been the case at first.

There is a complete range also of the plastic twin wheel furniture castors in both 40mm and 50mm with a range of fittings. the fittings which are available are square 4 screw plate and m10x15mm threaded pin as well as m8x15 threaded pins. Bulk buy rates have just been applied and huge savings can be achieved for buying the box quantity shown.

Russ Jones