What Makes a Great Road Case

Transporting equipment is never easy — particularly if you are handling bulky and valuable equipment or going on extended trips. The best solution for such problems is road cases.

The combination of a durable body, custom-fit padding, and well-fitted road case casters makes road cases a valuable investment for anyone traveling with large or expensive equipment.

Whether you are transporting instruments for a band in concert, TV screens or sound systems for a trade show, or fragile medical equipment for relief programs, road cases ensure the items are protected and arrive at your destination in one piece.

What Is a Road Case?

Road cases are the ubiquitous black and silver containers found in concerts and events. They are also often used in other industries that require secure and safe transport of various equipment.

These containers come in a wide range of sizes and materials. There are different features and add-on accessories to make them more convenient for your desired purpose or the equipment you plan to transport.

There are also various kinds of road cases, including:

  • Air Transport Association or ATA-certified road cases
  • Trunk road cases
  • Drawer road cases
  • Workstation road cases
  • Rackmount road cases

Elements of a Great Road Case

A great road case is essential if you want to ensure your musical instruments, tools, and other belongings are safe and protected throughout the journey. It is important to choose wisely, regardless of whether you are getting a pre-built road case or ordering one custom built.

Regardless of which type of road case you need, the following are crucial factors to consider when shopping for a road case.

Road Case Size

One of the most important factors to consider is the size of the road case. There needs to be enough room inside the case not only for the equipment itself but also for the padding or foam inserts. Insufficient padding can result in damaged equipment due to a lack of cushioning.

Material for the Case Body

Road cases can be made from laminated wood, molded plastic, or other materials. Each case body material has pros and cons but generally provides sufficient protection. The difference in the material of the case is most often felt in its weight. If you need something lighter and easier to move, you may opt for a molded plastic case.

Protective Foam Inserts

Foam inserts are necessary to ensure there is enough padding to absorb shock impulses and prevent your equipment from getting jostled too much. These inserts also soften the impact when handling cases without adding too much weight.

Retractable Handles

Retractable handles, particularly when paired with road case caster wheels, make moving the cases much easier to maneuver. At the same time, being able to hide or store the handles prevents issues in storing the road cases together, even in cramped spaces.

Heavy-duty Caster Wheels

If you are traveling with several road cases, especially heavy ones, you need road case casters. These will make transporting your equipment from point A to point B much simpler and more efficient.

Best Road Case Caster Wheels From LINCO

As one of the leading manufacturers of casters and wheels in the U.S., LINCO understands and considers all the various needs of its customers. That is why we offer a wide selection of road case caster wheels in different sizes and materials to ensure you find the perfect casters for your road case.

Three road case casters sets we recommend are:

  • LINCO Mobility Kit for Transport Case: This set of four polyurethane swivel casters is ideal for transport cases for lighter loads. Each caster features a three-inch wide non-marking wheel and a Delrin bearing. Two of the caster wheels also have brake locks for security.
  • LINCO Heavy Duty Locking Swivel Casters: If you require a heavy-duty set of road case caster wheels, this set is capable of taking on a total load capacity of 3,600 lbs. The six-inch wheels have a durable polyurethane tread that is bonded to a polyolefin core.
  • LINCO Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) Round Tread Swivel Caster: If you only need single swivel casters for extra support or to replace a faulty caster wheel, then this TPR road case caster is perfect for you. Each six-inch caster wheel has a load capacity of 500 lbs. The wheels are non-marking and have built-in grease fittings for easy maintenance.

Check out the LINCO online store for more road case casters, not only from our line but also from other reputable manufacturers and brands.

For more information or any inquiries, please call our toll-free hotline at (866) 306-9566 or leave us a message through the LINCO contact page.