THE RIGHT VINTAGE CASTER AND MOUNTING TYPE FOR YOUR PROJECT
When you are ready to purchase your perfect casters, you need to make sure and remember that these casters are going to be attached to a specific thing, whether that be furniture or some other creation. The casters that you buy have specific attachment requirements and are often suited towards particular materials, for example, wood.
SPACE AVAILABLE ON YOUR PROJECT
The first factor you should consider is the space you have on your project for mounting your casters. If you have sufficient flat space you should purchase a plate-mount caster, which is a flat piece of metal with holes for screws. If you do not have the room, or if there is already a hole, you will use a stem-mount caster, which is simply a round “stem” that sticks out.
If you go with a stem-mount caster, you need to measure the room (surface area) you have on your project for mounting purposes. In every case, a stem will insert into a hole. Sometimes, the stem can insert into a preexisting hole, while other times, you must drill a hole and/or attach a small insert, normally called a “socket.” If you have insufficient room for the socket, you can damage your project, so don’t skip this part.
The opening of the socket must match the stem size and stem type of your caster, and again, you must have enough room to insert the socket itself into your project. Once you have considered these two factors, you can choose the type of caster with the appropriate socket, if necessary. See below for recommendations on choosing your mounting type.
CONSIDER THESE TWO FACTORS
- Surface area for socket to mount into, sometimes this is already a hole, like with a metal tube.
- Diameter and type of socket or hole for the stem of the caster to slip into.
We offer you a variety of mounting types to make sure that you can easily attach your casters to your unique application. In this way, you’re not limited by your application.
1) PLATE MOUNT
The plate mount/top plate attaches to the bottom of a flat surface. As long as you have enough room for the top plate, you are good to go. It is the most secure method for attaching a CC Vintage caster.
2) THREADED STEM
If you can’t go with a plate mount, but you have a wooden project, the threaded stem is the right mounting type. This stem type will match up with some type of threaded insert (see below).
3) EXPANDING ADAPTER STEM
The expanding adapter fits into a hollow tube that has at least 3 inches of depth. This is the simplest way to attach a caster to a tube. If your application has the room, go with this mounting type.
4) GRIP RING STEM
For any other application that has a tube or a shallow hole, go with the grip ring stem. This will click into a pre-drilled hole or a socket hole and provide enough tension to be nice and secure.
TOP-PLATE OR EXPANDING ADAPTER STEM
NO SOCKET IS NEEDED
GRIP RING STEM
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