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1. Questions about waste container wheels

1.1 How do I ensure the health and safety of waste container operators?

Pushing and pulling waste containers can put operators under significant health risk. These actions can overload muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints on the spine, knees, hips, arms, and shoulders over time.

Because we’ve optimised our wheels and castors so that they can be pushed and pulled with ease, minimising the physical strain that waste container operators experience.

The technical explanation behind our quality is that we have build up design and engineering experience since 1953. Therefore we optimize the following:

Low start force needed to get the container rolling.

The low force needed for the swivels wheel to become alined in the rolling direction 

A low force is needed to keep the container rolling


Contact our sales staf if we need to ensure health and safety and optimize rolling conditions for your application. 

1.2 What kind of brake systems are used for waste containers?

There are three types of brake systems to choose from: the front, rear, and central brakes.

The front brake is the most popular one because it can be easily operated when the container is positioned.

The rear brake system (also called the trailing brake) is popular in the United Kingdom. It is a bit trickier to operate because it is often located under the waste container and therefore more difficult to operate.

The central brakes can be engaged on two castors at the same time using just one pedal, making them easy to operate.

In LIV we developed our own 360-degree brake system for the Scandinavian market. It is simply a combination of front and rear brake system. So it can never happen that the brake pedal is hidden under the container.


1.3 Can your wheels handle speeds above four kilometers per hour?

Under the industry-standard EN 840, the wheels get tested up to 4.1 Km per hour.

We’ve developed a variety of special castors and rubber compounds that can withstand the shock of heavy loads at high speed up to 12 and even 16 kilometres per hour. We also offer various directional locks for optimal transport when containers are connected into a train configuration.

1.4 How do I maintain waste container wheels?

Make sure that you inspect the condition of your wheels and castors periodically. Give it a good spin and review its surface for any visible signs of wear and tear. Lubricate the grease fittings regularly to make them last longer. And to avoid costly downtime, keep replacement wheels and bearings on hand.

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