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Caster Dead Man Brake System Overview

Dead Man Brake System Infographic

The Dead Man Braking System is a great fail-safe solution for rendering carts immobile with its arrangement of components that leverage high braking forces and reliable operation.

Dead Man Brake System Infographic

Dead man brakes utilize an integrated spring to ensure the brake renders an application to a non-operated condition.

Inside the core of the wheel of a dead man caster is the drum brake. The enclosed design prevents brake performance from being affected by wet conditions or debris.

A cable pull or lever arm can trigger the disengagement of the brake.

Motorcycle/bicycle brake cables are used to connect the lever and the spring of rigid dead man casters.

Caster Connection does not provide motorcycle or bicycle brake cables due to the nature of various cart designs. Anyone attempting to assemble their own dead man braking solution must provide their braking cables at their discretion.

Deadman brake


To understand how the dead man brake truly works, one should be familiar with the mechanics of a caster with a drum brake. When activated, the brake shoes of a drum brake presses against the inner surface of the drum. The friction between the brake lining and the drum is what causes the caster wheels to slow down.

Blickle dead man brake and central locking caster

Caster Connection President Joe Lyden demonstrates a cart with the dead man brake and the central locking system.


The dead man braking system is a quality braking solution ideal for the highest demands of industrial safety. Contact Caster Connection today to inquire more about the dead man brake system.

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