(Provided by Sam Solace, Pres/CEO of Century Performance Center) The choice between steel or rubber casters is based upon personal preference and the intended use of the Motofeet engine stand. Either caster material is durable and will withstand the weight installed upon the stand. On premium garage or shop floors—using vinyl tiles, epoxy paint, or another premium surface—we recommend the rubber caster option. Using rubber casters is the best way to prevent damage or scratches to the shop or garage floor. Additionally, the rubber casters roll quieter.
The steel casters are the best choice when the engine (or engine and trans) will be mounted to the stand for an extended length of time (many months or over a year of storage for example), or if the floor surface (or travel area) area is coarse or sometimes difficult to roll across—including asphalt driveways or at the race track. While the rubber casters are heavy duty, extremely durable designs (and provide the same load rating as the steel casters), it is simply not a good practice to allow a set of rubber casters to maintain a heavy load while stationary in the same place for an extended period of time. Although we have not experienced any negative problems associated with the Motofeet rubber casters, past experience with other rubber casters has shown that extended periods of weighted support may cause flat spots to occur on the rubber casters. Again, we have not experienced any problems with the rubber casters Motofeet provides. This information is provided to allow our customers to make the best caster selection for their Motofeet engine stand.