How to Select the Right Scaffold Wheel for the Job


If you work in construction, you know what a scaffold wheel is. If not, it might surprise you to learn that scaffold wheels transport people and materials on scaffolding and are used in construction jobs around the world. Although this little wheel has a simple purpose, there are plenty of things to consider when selecting a scaffold wheel and installation among them.

Key factors in determining the right scaffolding wheel 

Scaffold wheels are a critical component of any scaffold system. They serve two purposes: as a structural element, providing support for the scaffold and its components; and as an element that makes it easier to move scaffolds around. While there are many different types of scaffolding wheels available on the market today, there are two main types — screw in and bolt on. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately it's a matter of personal preference. If you're unsure which type is right for you, consider:

  1. Type of surface

The first factor to consider when deciding which scaffolding wheel to buy is what kind of surface they will be rolling on. Each surface has its own unique characteristics and requires different types of wheels. For example, if you'll be rolling on concrete, then you'll want to select a less expensive option than if you're planning on rolling over grass or dirt. In addition to the type of material being rolled on, there's also the question of how much weight will be placed on the wheels.

Will the scaffolding need to be moved from one type of surface to another?

If so, then look for a light-weight scaffolding wheel that doesn't weigh down your equipment too much. This will make it easier to move around your job site. If there is no need for moving from one type of surface to another, then look for a heavier duty scaffolding wheel that can withstand more pressure on rough terrain.

  1. Screw in or Bolt on Wheels?

Another aspect that you should consider when selecting your scaffolding wheels is whether you prefer screw in or bolt on wheels. Screw in wheels are often used when working with light-duty scaffolds, where weight is not an issue. These are typically used for temporary structures or light-duty applications.

Bolt on wheels, on the other hand, are better suited for heavier duty scaffolds and permanent structures. They are also more versatile as they can be installed onto virtually any type of structure or platform. This means that you don’t have to worry about having to find a matching hole on your existing platform; all you need is a drill and some bolts.

  1. Compatibility

A scaffolding wheel should also be compatible with your scaffold. If it is not, then you will need to purchase a new one. To determine if your scaffold wheel is compatible with your scaffold, simply look at its size and measure it against the size needed for your structure. If they do not match up, then they are not compatible.

  1. Load capacity

The load capacity of a scaffolding wheel is one of the key factors to consider when selecting the right wheel for your application. In general, the load capacity is determined by the diameter of the wheel and its material. The larger the diameter, the higher its load capacity. For example, a 10-inch diameter aluminium scaffolding wheel has a higher load capacity than an 8-inch diameter aluminium scaffolding wheel or even an 8-inch diameter steel scaffolding wheel.

  1. Weight capacity

Most caster wheel suppliers offer scaffolding wheels designed for light loads, such as materials or equipment, but some can be used for heavier loads. The maximum load capacity varies from brand to brand but usually ranges between 300 pounds (136 kilograms) and 500 pounds (226 kilograms).

  1. Durability

You want something that will last for many years without breaking down or becoming damaged easily due to high usage or harsh weather conditions such as rain or snowfall. There are many different types of materials used in making scaffolding wheels so before choosing one make sure that it is made of quality materials.

  1. Period of use

If you're using your scaffold on a regular basis, it's important to choose a scaffolding wheel that is durable enough to withstand constant use. For example, if you're using your scaffold on a daily basis over a period of years, then you may want to consider purchasing wheels made from stainless steel or aluminium.

Alloy steel wheels are also good options for frequent use because they can withstand repeated exposure to water without rusting or corroding. But these types of wheels are heavier than aluminium or stainless steel wheels so they may not be ideal for harsh environments where there is more rain.

  1. Brake system

Another factor in determining which type of scaffolding wheel to use is whether or not you want it to have brakes on it. Brakes are useful because they allow you to stop quickly without having to constantly apply pressure on the brake pedal throughout the day, which can cause fatigue over time if done repeatedly without breaks between uses.

  1. Materials

The material used in the scaffolding wheel can affect its durability and performance. For example, plastic-coated wheels are less durable than rubber or polyurethane wheels but have better traction. Rubber wheels provide good traction but may be more difficult to manoeuvre over rough surfaces and uneven ground. Polyurethane wheels are a good compromise between these two options because they provide good traction, are relatively easy to manoeuvre over rough surfaces, are lightweight, and are durable enough for most applications.

Wheel installation tips

Use the correct size wheel based on the load it must bear, as indicated by the manufacturer's specifications. Wheels that are too small can cause excessive wear on the bearings or shafts, while oversized wheels will put excess strain on them.

Use a level to make sure your scaffolding is straight and level. If you don't have a level, you can use the top of your van or pickup truck as a guide. The wheel should be even with the top of the truck bed or van.

If you're using wood or other material, drill holes into the wood before attaching the scaffold wheel to ensure that the wheel is attached properly and will not fall off.

Use clamps to hold any part of your tower that might move while you're working on it (e.g., don't try to hold up a wall while also trying to weld a piece of steel).

When using steel scaffolding, use bolts or nuts to attach the wheel to the steel frame. You can also use steel brackets for added support on heavier jobs.

Buy quality scaffolding wheels online 

Ultimately, your use case, budget, and access will determine the best scaffolding wheel for you. The Scaffold Online team wanted to hopefully give you a better perspective on which scaffolding wheel is right for you. It’s important to know that we also offer Scaffolding castors that allow you to move commercially available scaffolds.

The Caster Wheels UAE are simply placed into the tube of the static scaffold, making it both movable and safe. Scaffold castors can be used to modify large or small scaffolds at a reasonable cost—making them ideal for retrofitting structures already in place as well as modifying existing ones before they're put up on construction sites.