What’s really changed after COVID?

In the thick of the COVID crisis, many pundits predicted how we do business would change forever. Now, a year after the official end of the COVID emergency, I’ve been thinking about what, if anything, is really different here at Algood. I’m usually skeptical about what the so-called experts say, but I have to admit, I’m surprised at the amount of change that has occurred. Here’s what I’ve noticed. 

Face-to-face is rare. Five years ago, if I told a customer I wanted to arrange a video call, the response would likely be, “Huh?” A good portion would not have had access to a Zoom or Teams account and if it were something important, the clear expectation would be that I would arrange to be there in person. Today, if I tell a customer I’m flying out to see them, they would probably want to know what’s wrong. Even with companies that haven’t been on the leading edge of the technology curve, the adoption of video calls is broad.

Hybrid is here to stay. There’s no question that a lasting impact of COVID is remote work, but it’s a multi-faceted dynamic. Many members of our management and administrative teams work from home for at least part of the week. The related work-life balance and time staff members can spend with family reduces stress and allows for greater focus. In addition, productivity has increased because contributions are measured in terms of availability, output or tasks completed, as opposed to simply hours worked. However, the inability to collaborate and brainstorm in person as a team is a clear loss.

Good employees are hard to find. The ‘great resignation’ and other COVID-related effects have significantly shifted the dynamics of the labour market. Skilled and responsible employees are now in high demand, leading to increased wages and a need for what I call, ‘forced flexibility’ in work arrangements. This shift is putting employees in a position of advantage, forcing businesses to adapt to whatever their demands might be.

Turning on a dime. Within weeks of the onset of COVID, at Algood, we were in complete overdrive, forced to respond to the never-ending needs of healthcare and related sectors. We had to pivot then and we have become even more adaptable since. Not only can we better engineer solutions, but our manufacturing processes can be re-tooled even quicker. We are definitely able to be more responsive.

Speed Matters. As I mentioned, the early days of the pandemic were just-in-time manufacturing on steroids. We simply couldn’t produce casters or wheels fast enough. While the urgency has been lifted, the demand for speed remains. In part, that results from the “Amazon next-day delivery” effect. Also, customers gained the upper hand during the pandemic, and they are not about to relinquish it. We are constantly being pushed to deliver faster.

Rich Relationships. For many reasons, surviving COVID required relationships you could count on—whether with long-time customers, suppliers, accountants, lawyers, or bankers. The importance of having those relationships has been maintained, and we see it in the day-to-day of our business. While we are thrilled to meet the needs of every customer—new and old—our goal, more than before the pandemic, is to create deep, long-term relationships.

No more jackets. In our more laid-back environment at Algood, dress was never a big deal – unless you were going to see a customer or an important contact. But, two years of dress shirts paired with shorts or pyjama bottoms changed all that. Jackets are a relic and in fact, sneakers have become a mainstay of business attire. As long as what you’re wearing is clean and unwrinkled, it’s a free-for-all.

What’s on your list? It’s interesting for me to think about what has changed from an Algood perspective. But I wonder how many of these are unique to us. I’d like to know what you are seeing in your businesses. What’s on your list of post-COVID changes?

Algood Product Spotlight: Scaffolding Casters 8900 Series

Saving Lives with Scaffolding Casters

Scaffolding Casters are crucial to ensuring workplace safety. They enable scaffolding to move freely on uncertain outdoor surfaces, protecting the lives of workers at dangerous heights. With upcoming construction and renovation projects, it’s important to check existing casters for wear and tear and replace those that are worn.

Our 8900 Series scaffolding caster prioritizes safety. It features a high-quality dual-locking system that engages the wheel tread and swivel section. The 1-3/8” x 4” industry standard round stem includes a cross-drilled hole that allows the stem to be locked in the scaffolding’s tubing.

The 8900 Series has a corrosion-resistant bright zinc finish that is ideal for outdoor use. It also comes with a Moldon Rubber wheel that can easily navigate uneven outdoor surfaces. Diameters of 6” and 8” are available, with capacities of up to 800 lbs.

Steel roller bearings with drilled hardened steel spanner bushing and plastic side washers are standard. Options for the 8900 series include a range of bearings. It can also be equipped with other wheels to accommodate scaffolding that is being used indoors.

Don’t take any chances, make sure to check and order scaffolding casters now. To discuss your needs, get in touch with your local Algood representative or a member of our customer service team.

Algood is proud to manufacture its casters and wheels right here in North America. With our fully integrated manufacturing facility in Toronto, we are leaders in quality and innovation. For more information about Algood Casters, Call: 1-800-254-6633 or Email: Service@Algood.com

ADIA 100-ton Machine Presses at ADIA's Facility

Algood’s Newest Investment in Cutting-Edge Machinery

In a strategic move towards bolstering our manufacturing capabilities and cementing our commitment to customer satisfaction, we proudly unveil our latest acquisition: the cutting-edge AIDA 100-ton Press. This acquisition stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to both our customers and the future of Algood.

Our investment in this state-of-the-art machinery, alongside multiple other recent additions in the past year, underscores our proactive approach towards innovation and excellence. Specifically designed for light-duty metal stamping of up to 3mm thickness, the AIDA press boasts an array of advanced features, including a quill-mounted flywheel, wet clutch and brake system, safety controllers, and automatic shut height adjustment.

This latest addition seamlessly integrates with our existing fleet of 200 & 300-ton presses. Several of which are also from the reputable AIDA brand, renowned for their reliability and durability. With an anticipated operational lifespan of over three decades, our new press aligns perfectly with our long-term vision of sustained growth and success.

At Algood, we recognize that investments in cutting-edge technology directly translate into enhanced productivity and efficiency. With over $1 million invested in new equipment and technology over the past year alone, our fully integrated North American manufacturing facility stands poised to meet the demands of even the most ambitious projects. This investment underscores our confidence in our products, processes, and our unique position within the marketplace.

Beyond mere machinery, this investment signifies our unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction. By bolstering our production capacity and streamlining our operations, we reaffirm our commitment to unparalleled on-time delivery and exceptional service.

With our latest addition, coupled with our existing arsenal of equipment and technology, we stand ready to anticipate and exceed the needs of our valued customers. Join us as we embark on this journey towards innovative manufacturing and shaping the future of Algood.

Cover Image Source: ADIA Global Machine Presses

Product Spotlight: Tornado vs Twister Series - The Kingpinless Contest

Tornado vs Twister The Kingpinless Contest

In this Product Spotlight, our two best-selling kingpinless casters face off feature to feature. You can see for yourself how they stack up. But here’s the spoiler alert. The uncontested winner is you, our customers, because the reality is you can’t go wrong with either one of these heavyweights.

Our most economical kingpinless caster features 1,500 lbs. of capacity and is ideal for high-impact, heavy-duty applications. The Tornado Series is also available in stainless steel.


With its unique leg construction and
steel-hardened head, this caster boasts 2,000 lbs. of capacity and offers unparalleled durability and longevity.


Tornado Series: STO82-A38H-UGC-PB-UWB-4PSLN [Zinc Finish]
Twister Series: STW82-A46H-PTNX2-PB-UWB-4PSL [Zinc Finish]
Capacity: 1,500 lbs.Capacity: 2,000 lbs.
Head includes a single ball raceway and is robotically welded directly to the plate, making it virtually unbreakable.Raceway is heat-treated for added strength and longevity, then the head is robotically welded directly to the plate, making it virtually unbreakable
Legs are 1/4″ thick and double welded to the head of the casterLegs are embossed for work-hardened stregth, double welded, 2 1/2″ wide, 1/4″ thick and wrapped around the head of the caster
Largest Plate Size Available: A50H [5 1/2″ X 5″]Larger Plate Size Available: A52H [7 1/4″ X 5 1/4″]
Both swivel and rigid casters are available.Both swivel and rigid casters are available.
Dual wheel configurations availableDual wheel configurations available
Variety of stem, bearing and plate options available to customize by applicationVariety of stem, bearing and plate options available to customize by application
Intelligently engineered with a screw plug in the raceway. This high precision part ensures the raceway’s smooth rotation without the need for welding or the possibility of applying too much or too little torque.Built for abusive applications including the ability to tolerate huge shifts in cargo loads.
Can be equipped with an array of brakes options including: Side Locking Brake, Thumb Screw Brake, Universal Wheel Brake, Polycam Brake and 4-Position Swivel LockCan be equipped with an array of brakes options including: Side Locking Brake, Thumb Screw Brake, Universal Wheel Brake and 4-Position Swivel Lock
Available with a full range of wheelsAvailable with a full range of wheels
Special overall heights customizations availableSpecial overall heights customizations available
Variety of stem, bearing and plate options are available to select for specific applicationsVariety of stem, bearing and plate options are available to select for specific applications
Corrosion-resistant bright zinc finish.
Available in Stainless Steel; Tornado9 Series
Corrosion-resistant bright zinc finish
Ideal for the most demanding and abusive applications, including platform trucks, tow lines and other industrial uses.Best suited for automotive and full manufacturing facilities, motorized towing, industrial platform trucks, and most hardworking industrial functions.
View Tornado Product PageView Twister Product Page
Tornado Series: STO62-1.000X4-UR-RB-SLB [Zinc Finish]

See the Full Tornado™ Series

Twister Series: STW62-A46H-MAU-RB-SLB [Zinc Finish]

See the Full Twister™ Series

Both the Tornado and Twister are manufactured in our integrated facility in Toronto. That means you get outstanding lead times, delivery dates you can depend on and unparalleled North American quality backed by our 3-Year No Excuse Warranty.

Algood is proud to manufacture its casters and wheels right here in North America. With our fully integrated manufacturing facility in Toronto, we are leaders in quality and innovation. For more information about Algood Casters, Call: 1-800-254-6633 or Email: Service@Algood.com

Profit vs Quality: Boeing vs Algood

Recent events at Boeing are a cautionary tale for every manufacturer. They bring to life the ever-present tension between quality and profitability. That’s a very narrow path to navigate. Fall on one side, and your financial fortunes suffer. Falling on the other side puts your reputation – and, in the case of Boeing, lives at risk. Here are some thoughts about what really happened at Boeing and why I believe we’re doing a better job of managing the quality-profitability divide at Algood.

In January, a fuselage panel blew out on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9. The rapid loss of cabin pressure pulled the clothes off a child and caused oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling, but miraculously, none of the 171 passengers and six members were injured. This incident set off a mass investigation and the grounding of all Max 9 jets. Adding to Boeing’s problems, U.S. carriers that fly the Max 9 — reported finding loose bolts and other hardware in other panels, suggesting quality issues with the door plugs were not limited to one plane. Eventually, an investigation concluded that the fuselage bolts were never installed on the Alaskan Air jet and others.

This is about more than a couple of bolts. It’s a complete breakdown of safety procedures. If bolts can be left off a door assembly, who’s to say that they can’t be left off an engine or a wing?

All of this comes on the heels of a major quality lapse in the in-flight control systems that led to two catastrophic crashes in 2018, killing almost 350 people. That resulted in Boeing agreeing to pay $2.5 billion to settle a Justice Department investigation, admitting that employees misled regulators about the safety of the 737 Max. All Max jets were grounded worldwide for nearly two years.

You would have thought that Boeing would have learned its lesson. But almost unbelievably, that isn’t the case. Maybe that’s why the CEO of Alaska Air said, “I am more than frustrated and disappointed. I am angry. My demand on Boeing is, what are they going to do to improve their quality programs in-house?”

So, here’s what I believe to be the problem. The people at the top at Boeing are all finance guys. The current CEO, whose predecessor was fired because of the previous fatal quality issues, is a former Blackstone executive and rose through the ranks of accounting and finance. And clearly, he hasn’t turned the company around. For a company like Boeing, safety and quality must come first and the bottom line second.

There is always tension between meeting financial goals and maintaining quality and safety standards. But when those in charge are only concerned about the next quarter, it has a cascading impact on training, assembly, designers, engineers, and quality assurance. There needs to be a culture shift at Boeing.

Corporate ownership exacerbates the tension because the measure of success demanded by shareholders is always financial – even if it comes at the expense of quality. In an owner-managed operation like Algood, we have the freedom to proudly stand behind every caster and every wheel that leaves our fully integrated manufacturing facility.

No manufacturer is immune from quality assurance challenges. What sets companies apart is the way they deal with them. Many years ago, we had a major problem with our high-temperature wheels. When we discovered they were not meeting quality standards, we shut down the production program. Completely. In a day. We probably forfeited well into six figures in sales over six to eight months. We understood there was a failure, and the wheel material was not performing.

We started from scratch, re-developing a compound to meet the requirements. In fact, we created our own testing lab to ensure that the wheels functioned perfectly within the specified temperature range. We weren’t going to sell a product unless we were completely confident. It took nine months to perfect, but we haven’t had a single wheel fail since then. Interestingly, we’ve also tested many of our competitor wheels only to discover that many don’t meet industry standards.

We used to have a customer who would tell us that “quality is free.” In other words, he wasn’t willing to pay anything extra for quality. The reality is that there is a cost to quality. If you buy North American-made casters and wheels, you understand there is also value in that quality. Customers always want to pay less, and there are always ways of cutting costs. But there is a limit at some point because you have to believe in the quality of the product you’re selling.

At Algood, our QA and Engineering teams take the lead on product development, and I’m proud to listen to them. If they’re not satisfied, I’m not satisfied, and we’re not bringing that product to market. If the costs are too high, we’ll look for a way to produce a high-quality product at a more reasonable price point. But our customers understand that Algood’s quality is worth the peace of mind it comes with.

Dare I say that if Boeing were a little more like Algood, they would be flying a lot higher.

The Next Generation of CasterSmiths

Celebrating Family Values & Our Next Generation

For years, we have been describing ourselves as the “Next Generation of Castersmiths.” While that refers to how we combine expert craftsmanship with the most advanced technology, it’s taken on a new and much more exciting meaning recently.

With Family Day this coming Monday and Algood’s 55th anniversary the day before, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce Elie Guttmann to the Algood community. Following in the footsteps of his father Craig Guttmann, Algood’s President and his grandfather Max Guttmann, Algood’s Founder, Elie is now literally the next generation of castersmiths.

Elie’s journey from a successful career in non-profit marketing to the world of caster and wheel production was fueled by a desire for new challenges and a shift from a digital to a tactile work environment. “Selling products that are physically built is a gratifying experience,” says Elie, emphasizing his newfound appreciation for the manufacturing sector’s role in the economy.

Currently supporting the U.S. sales effort, Elie is immersing himself in the intricacies of Algood’s product line, aiming to understand every caster, wheel, component, and configuration. His grandfather’s determination and success are an ongoing source of pride and inspiration. He has dedicated himself to following in his grandfather’s footsteps with aspirations of eventually contributing to Algood’s leadership team.

Elie’s focus on marketing-centered projects has been evident, particularly in the redesign of Algood’s website. With a keen eye for detail, he invested countless hours conceptualizing, developing, and implementing the new design, now channelling his efforts into optimizing the website’s performance as a marketing tool.

Craig sees this generational collaboration as invigorating. He appreciates Elie’s fresh ideas and unique perspectives, especially noting his contributions to the catalogue and website. “We are a unique manufacturer and needed just the right website to tell our story, and Elie nailed it,” says Craig, emphasizing the importance of innovative marketing in showcasing Algood’s uniqueness.

Craig acknowledges that certain aspects of the business can only be learned through experience. “There are things you can’t possibly learn at school—assessing ROI, how and when to take risks and how to practically understand engineering all have to be learned by making mistakes,” he asserts.

A large part of what sets Algood apart is the values that come from being a family-owned enterprise. “We still hold close to my father’s values in how we operate this company,” Craig relates. “That makes having a third generation working in the company even more meaningful.”

This represents a promising new chapter for Algood. Elie is helping to fuel our growth through fresh perspectives and well-honed skills. Craig and his brother Sean, VP of Manufacturing, see the renewed energy that Elie’s innovative ideas, optimism, and excitement are infusing into the company. And, they are confident that Elie will uphold the cherished family values that have propelled Algood’s triumphs for over five decades. In the months and years ahead, we are certain you will hear much more about Elie’s contributions to Algood’s success as our dynamic “next generation of castersmiths.”

Stainless Steel: 304 or 316?

Stainless steel resists rust and corrosion while preventing scaling, and that makes it the ideal solution for casters being used in wet, outdoor, clean and high-temperature environments. Once you’ve decided on stainless steel, you then have the choice of 304 or 316-grade stainless. In this issue of CasterU, we give the information you need to make the right decision.

6809 Series: S6859-A45H-MPU-RB [304 Stainless Steel]

Stainless steel is actually a mixture of steel and a minimum of 10.5% chromium. The chromium keeps the steel from oxidizing, rusting, corroding, and eventually staining, so it really is stain-less.

304-grade Stainless Steel
The most common grade of stainless steel is SAE 304. “SAE” is the Society of Automotive Engineers, the organization that standardizes and designates various grades. 304 Stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. When used in casters, it is:

  • Work-hardened – steel that becomes stronger and harder through a bending and forming process
  • Electro-polished – Untreated stainless steel has a very dull look. Because super-clean items are expected to be brilliantly reflective, we electro-polish our stainless steel casters.
  • De-burred – After being stamped, stainless steel components often have razor-sharp edges that can be a hazard. We de-burr the material to ensure no one gets hurt.
  • De-magnetized – Stainless steel is often used in laboratories and environments containing sensitive equipment. De-magnetizing minimizes the impact on the surroundings.

Many Algood casters and wheels are available in 304 stainless steel and come with a full range of stainless steel components.

MAXX9 Series: S6559-A38H-NYNW-RB [304 Stainless Steel]

316-Grade Stainless Steel
316 Stainless is made up of 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. There’s a little more nickel and a little less chromium than in 304. However, the big difference is the molybdenum, a chemical element used for the strengthening and hardening of steel. The higher molybdenum content greatly increases the corrosion resistance of 316, providing superior resistance to chlorides and acids.

That makes 316 an ideal upgrade for technology production facilities that require an environment that is free of any contaminants. It’s also ideal for settings with strict hygiene and cleanliness standards, like pharmaceutical, hospitals and healthcare locations. Since sterilization processes in these industries combine both strong disinfectants with high temperatures to prevent contamination, a resistant alloy like 316 is ideal. 

Our Maxx9 and 7009 series casters can be produced using 316-grade stainless steel

Other applications for both 304 and 316 stainless steel include:

  • Chemical processing and storage equipment.
  • Refinery equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Marine environments, especially those with chlorides present
  • Medical equipment and implants
  • Foodservice, processing, and preparation environments
  • Coastal environments
  • Areas with high salt levels (such as roadways)
  • Brewing facilities

To find out more about which grade of stainless steel is right for your project, contact your local Algood representative or a member of our customer service team.

Product Spotlight: 7003 & 7009 Series

Polished & Powerful

Our 7003 and 7009 Series casters have it all. Sleek lines make them a thing of beauty and their welded construction provides 1,250 lbs. of heavy duty strength. These casters are as rugged as they are versatile and are suitable for a host of applications.

7003 Series: S7063-A38H-UR-PB [Zinc Finish]

The 7003 Series comes with a double raceway construction that ensures outstanding maneuverability. The 5/8″ diameter nut and bolt coined kingpin adds stability and sturdiness. Diameters range from 3-1/4” to 8” with 2” tread widths. Because of its unique construction the 7003 can be produced with two and even three wheels.

The versatility of this caster is enhanced by an array of available options, including brakes/locks, bearings, plates, washers and stems. It can also be made in a variety of finishes including the standard corrosion resistant bright zinc as well as black, chrome and brass. The unique construction of this caster allows us to customize the overall height and swivel lead to meet specific customer requirements.

The 7003 Series is suitable for innumerable applications including stock carts, platform trucks, garbage bins, wire shelving units, heavy service equipment and factory use.

There is also a stainless steel version of this caster. The 7009 Series is produced using work-hardened, electro polished and de-magnetized SAE 304 stainless steel. Raceway balls, top plates, bearings, bushings and side washers are also produced using stainless steel. This caster is perfect for hospitals, pharmaceutical, food processing and other clean environments.

The 7003 and 7009 Series casters are manufactured in our fully integrated production facility in Toronto – stamped, plated, and welded all under one roof. That means you get attractive lead times, dependable delivery dates and trusted North American quality backed by our 3-Year No-Excuse Warranty.

7009 Series: S7069-A38H-NYNW-RB [Stainless Steel Finish]

If you’re looking for casters that are heavy duty and come with heavy beauty, find out more about the 7003 and 7009 series. Contact your local Algood representative or a member of our customer service team.

Algood is proud to manufacture its casters and wheels right here in North America. With our fully integrated manufacturing facility in Toronto, we are leaders in quality and innovation. For more information about Algood Casters, Call: 1-800-254-6633 or Email: Service@Algood.com

Caster University: To Determine Capacity Start with Weight

To Determine Capacity Start with Weight

Weight is one of the things that we don’t like to talk about, but when it comes to determining the capacity of a caster, it’s a must-have discussion. At first, calculating the required capacity of a caster would seem simple. Start with the weight of the equipment to which the casters are being fastened. Divide by four, and Bob’s your uncle.

But not so fast. There are lots of other considerations.

Load Weight. It’s not just the weight of the equipment that you have to think about. You must also include the weight of whatever is going in or on the equipment. And this isn’t a time to be modest about weight. Be sure to calculate the absolute maximum load that the equipment will carry.

Floor Surface. An uneven surface means that all four casters will not touch the floor at the same time, which means that a smaller number of casters will bear the load. Your capacity calculation must be based on the minimum number of casters that will be in contact with the floor at any time.

Wheel Selection. To reduce noise, avoid marking or provide a smoother ride, customers often choose soft tread wheels, like rubber and polyurethane. But here’s the thing. Those wheels generate more surface friction making a piece of equipment harder to move. The solution is to select casters with higher capacity.

Movement. A caster’s specified capacity usually assumes movement at a walking speed – up to 3 miles or 4.8 kilometres per hour. However, if your equipment is moving faster than that, let’s say as part of a towline, the caster’s capacity will be reduced. That’s because increased speed leads to increased wheel temperature and greater friction. Also, many starts and stops also increase surface friction and require casters with greater capacity.

Caster Components. Many components impact capacity. The choice of bearings, for example, can offset capacity requirements by increasing a caster’s rollability. In addition, using a stem will increase the capacity requirement by 25%. Be sure to discuss the effect of components when specifying a caster.

Practical Wisdom – Divide by Three. After almost 60 years in the caster business, we have lots of practical wisdom – particularly regarding capacity. So, here’s a gem that you should keep in mind. When calculating capacity, divide the load weight by three, not four. That creates a 33% safety allowance to account for uneven surfaces or unforeseen stops and starts. It may cost a little more but it will keep your employees safe, protect your investment in what is being transported, reduce maintenance costs, spare you a ton of aggravation and may even save a bundle of money in the long run.

For much more information about capacity, contact your local Algood representative or a member of our customer service team. Just remember that when you’re talking about capacity, it’s not a time to be shy about weight.

For help choosing the caster that best meets your needs, contact your Algood Sales Rep or reach out to our customer service team by email service@algood.com or by phone at +1 (800) 254-6633.

Caster University: Caster Combonations

Caster Combinations

Order something at your favourite fast food joint and it’s likely that the person behind the counter will ask if you’d like to “combo” that. That usually means that you can add things like soft drinks and fries and pay less than you would if you ordered everything individually. Well, it turns out that combos are just as important to casters. You can use a number of combinations of rigid and swivel casters to meet specific needs and applications. In this edition of CasterU we present some of the most common caster combinations along with the pros and cons of each.

Caster Combinations_Two-Rigid-Two-Swivel-B

Two Rigid, Two Swivel is generally the most popular pattern used. This combination is the most practical and the most economic design, primarily used for straight and/or long distances and can be used for most loads, depending on the total weight capacity.

The Three Swivel pattern is found on barrel dollies and small portable machines, which generally require excellent manoeuvrability. Installing a positional swivel lock on one of the casters provides additional control when needed. Because the load is distributed over only three casters, choosing casters with the right capacity is critical to performance.

Caster Combinations_Three-Swivel-B
Caster Combinations_Standard-Tilt-Mount-B

The Standard Tilt Mount consists of four swivel & two rigid casters and is designed for heavy load and long platform trucks. The two rigid casters are higher than the four swivel casters. The tilt is most effective when the rigid casters are 1/8″ higher than the overall height of the swivel casters. This platform design is often used for towing applications and offers easy manoeuvrability with uneven loads and higher capacities.

Diamond Mounting uses two swivel and two rigid casters. However the rigid casters are set at the sides and the two swivel casters are set at the ends. This configuration allows the platform to pivot in the middle and turn on tight corners. It is highly manoeuvrable but less stable and therefore not recommended for ramps. The capacity is strictly dependent upon the capacity of the casters required.

Caster Combinations_Diamond-Mount-B

Diamond Tilt Mounting is identical except the two rigid casters are 1/8″ higher than the overall height of the swivel casters. Again capacity is determined by the capacity of the casters. The tilt mount accommodates uneven loads and higher capacities.

Caster Combinations_Diamond-Tilt-Mount-B
Caster Combinations_Four-Swivel-B

Four Swivel casters respond instantly to directional change, making limited spaces easy to manoeuvre. This configuration is recommended for short distances. Installing a positional swivel lock on two of the casters effectively allows you to switch to a two rigid/two swivel configuration when additional control is needed.

Four Swivel, Two Rigid is designed for extremely heavy loads and long platform trucks. The two rigid casters help to distribute and reduce the load on the swivel casters, which maintain good manoeuvrability and makes steering very easy.

Caster Combinations_Standard-Tilt-Mount-B

For help choosing the best caster combination for your needs, contact your Algood Sales Rep or reach out to our customer service team by email service@algood.com or by phone at +1 (800) 254-6633.

Algood Product Spotlight: Moldon Urethane Wheels

High Capacity Wheels | Easy on Floors

Here’s a wheel that will handle capacities up to 6,600 lbs while leaving your floors looking like new. Our Moldon Urethane wheel features a urethane tread secured to a cast iron core.

With high tensile strength, these wheels are non-marking and will protect all surfaces while providing a smooth and quiet ride. Moldon Urethane wheels extend the longevity of equipment and by preventing excess movement, they also protect valuable cargo. and. They are resistant to most chemicals and can be used outdoors.

Here’s a wheel that will handle capacities up to 6,600 lbs while leaving your floors looking like new. Our Moldon Urethane wheel features a urethane tread secured to a cast iron core.

Our Moldon Urethanes come in three versions. The standard wheel has a durometer of 93.5 on the A scale while the Heavy Duty (HD) will handle higher capacities and is much harder with a durometer of 70 on the D scale. There is also a crowned tread that offers exceptional manoeuvrability. Wheels come with diameters ranging from 4” to 10” with tread widths from 1-1/2” to 4”. They come with a wide variety of bearings.

These wheels are ideal for heavy material handling and are used in paper mills, steel mills, aircraft engine cradles and heavy machinery equipment as well as platform and stock trucks.

If you are looking for a wheel with the strength of steel that offers outstanding surface protection, you should find out more about our Moldon Urethanes. Just contact your local Algood representative or a member of our customer service team. 

Mixed Signals

Here in Toronto, as we enter the third quarter, the weather has turned dramatically colder. It feels like autumn. That may be the clearest signal facing us. The economy, global politics, the caster industry and even our own customers are all sending mixed signals. You are likely facing some of the same unpredictability. In the spirit of offering our customers and colleagues some insight, here’s what we see and what we’re doing about it.

Higher interest rates are continuing to have an impact. The cost of capital investments has become prohibitive to some and potentially destructive to others. In our own business, we had the foresight to delay some planned projects and the acquisition of equipment. We will be fine but some of our affiliated companies as well as some of our customers are in precarious positions. With the potential for even higher interest rates, the economy remains hard to read.

The labour market has become much tighter. It’s really hard to get well-qualified employees with specialized skill sets. We have decided that we’re not going to feel pressured and settle for second best. For example, it recently took us months and countless candidates to hire a superb electrician. Other businesses may not be in the position to wait for the right talent.

On the positive side, supply chains are strong. Prices of raw materials and other production inputs have steadied. That’s allowing us to effectively plan for 2024 by securing our supply chains and ensuring that our manufacturing capability remains dependable.

However, the price of oil is precarious. Current events in the Middle East have the potential to put dramatic upward pressure on the cost of oil. That, in turn, could have cascading effects on supply chains.

The move toward reshoring is growing. We continue to receive calls from customers who want to reduce or eliminate their offshore purchasing and replace it with North American-made materials. In fact, our orders from customers specifically switching to materials made in North America have increased significantly.

Many of our customers have ambitious plans for 2024 and that is fueling our research, design and engineering efforts. Our R&D initiatives are progressing very well. We expect to introduce a number of new casters in the coming year.

Despite the uncertainty, we recently introduced a new website and are committed to continuously enhancing our online presence through greater CAD functionality and more resources for our customers. Our online catalogues are continuously updated so that you can always get up-to-date product information. We are constantly seeking to improve the user experience on the website. Please share any feedback.

These mixed signals make it very hard to predict what will happen with the economy and the caster industry in the coming months and into 2024. But we are certain that if we continuously improve our integrated manufacturing facility in Toronto and maintain our commitment to outstanding design and engineering, we can’t go wrong. More importantly, we know that our success will be guaranteed by keeping our customers at the centre of everything we do.

What are the mixed signals you are seeing in your businesses? Take a moment and let me know. Who knows. Together, we might be able to make both our companies stronger.

On a more personal note, I want to thank all of you who have called or emailed with your kind messages about what is happening in Israel. With many relatives and friends in Israel, the current events weigh heavily on me and my family here. Your wishes and concerns are comforting.

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Algood Casters has manufactured, designed and developed industrial and specialty casters, brakes and wheels since 1969, in capacities from 25 to 65,000 lbs.