Caster Dead Man Brake System Overview
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 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.
HOW A DRUM BRAKE WORKS
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.