If you are trying to make your jib crane mobile, you may want to modify it with castor wheels. Before doing that, however, there are several tips to keep in mind. Here's what to consider as you work on making your crane mobile.

1. Make sure you are not using a floor-mounted crane.

Before adding castor wheels to a jib crane or any other type of tool, make sure that it doesn't need to be floor mounted. Some jib cranes need to be bolted to the floor, and without that stability, they won't be able to lift as much weight. Ideally, you should only put castor wheels on a crane that is mobile anyway— the castor wheels just make it easier to move so you don't have to lift it.

2. Look at the weight rating of the castor wheels.

Before making your final selection, you should look at how much weight each wheel can support. Make sure that the castor wheels can support the full weight of your jib. Don't distribute the weight between the castor wheels. For example, if your jib crane weighs 1000 kilograms, opt for castor wheels that can each hold 1000 kilograms. Don't get four wheels with a maximum weight capacity of 250 kilograms.

3. Opt for castor wheels with grease traps.

When moving a heavy item, it can be hard even with castor wheels. To help make the task easier, look for castor wheels with grease fittings. These fittings should be on the axle and the swivel point of the wheels. This helps to move the crane forward and to make it turn. Additionally, if the wheels start to stick, you can simply spray a bit of grease on them.

4. Insist upon locking wheels.

When you are not trying to move your crane, you want to ensure that it cannot move accidentally. To prevent this from happening, you need locking castor wheels. This can be critical if you are trying to lower a car engine into a car or doing other precise work with the jib crane. Look for small levers that you can lock into place by hand.

5. Choose a flat base.

Castor wheels tend to have a flat plate or a small peg that extends upward. If you are attaching the wheels to a jib crane or a similar item, you should opt for the flat panel castor wheels. You can attach these with screws that you drive directly into the base of your jib crane.