Heavy duty machinery skates are basically moving platforms that are slid underneath the equipment you intend to use. The wheels and body are built with incredibly durable materials capable of bearing thousands of pounds of weight per skate.
In the warehouse or on the factory floor, moving massive, unwieldy equipment is commonplace. Whether it’s shipping products to a customer, installations, or reconfiguring the assembly line for enhanced efficiency, getting payloads where they need to be is often part of a day’s work.
But when you’re moving heavy, often oddly shaped equipment from point A to B, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. For one, the equipment you’re moving probably represents a sizable expense to you or your customer. But, more importantly, large objects in motion are a safety hazard. You don’t want to leave anything to chance, and the most critical factor in doing it right is what’s between your payload and the floor. That’s where you’ll want to rely on heavy duty machinery skates for their safety and ease of use.
What Makes Heavy Duty Machinery Skates So Effective?
The design: While in concept, moving skates are simple tools, but that would underestimate the incredible range of options and configurations that they come in. The load size, use case, environment, and rolling surface all factor into the type of machinery skate that will be best for the job. For example, swivel skates are perfect for medium-sized loads that require full directional range as the swivel setup makes it easy to rotate the load. On the other hand, straight line skates work best for payloads up to 100 tons that need to be moved in a straight line to their destination. While stainless steel rollers are most common, polyurethane coated wheels may be a better option in wet conditions or if you’re trying to avoid scuffing and damage to the floor (in an aerospace clean room, for example).
In fact, the range of designs is theoretically endless. That’s because Hevi-Haul engineers can design custom skates if a customer has a highly specific use case. Their expert staff deploys the latest in 3D, CAD software, and technology to design systems that are rugged and effective.
The materials: In addition to a range of designs to suit the job, the materials are another distinguishing feature for machinery skates. Everything Hevi-Haul builds utilizes North American steel, CNC-machined components, and fully welded frames for enhanced strength and durability. This rugged construction and engineering know-how ensure Hevi-Haul skates won’t fail on the job and will last. You don’t want to trust your product or worker safety to cheap alternatives or improvised moving solutions.
Safety and ease of use: High-quality heavy duty machinery skates reduce damage to people and property when you’re moving large equipment. There isn’t much more to say here. When you have the right skate for the job, and it’s built with quality materials, the chances of failure are greatly reduced. What’s more, the right configuration reduces strain and error, as it makes the payload far easier to handle and maneuver. That’s why it’s critical to go with a moving skate solution that’s tailored to the job. Of course, in addition to safety, heavy duty machinery skates improve efficiency. There’s less downtime, less trial and error, and fewer mistakes. That all translates to getting more done with the time you have each day.
Hevi-Haul Are Your Machinery Skate Experts
Since 1938, Hevi-Haul has been manufacturing the highest-quality heavy duty machinery skates for professional equipment movers, rigging companies, and other customers with their load moving needs. From furniture to buildings, Hevi-Haul has a skate system to suit your company’s needs. Hevi-Haul’s durable products are built to last and manufactured right here in the United States, and their team of experts can help you assemble the right tools to help you move just about anything under the sun.
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When it is time to move a heavy load, you are going to want to use the safest and most effective method. Machinery skates are likely going to be your best choice when it comes down to it. We know that skates are used to move these large, industrial loads, but how do machinery skates actually work?
The Difference Between Types of Machinery Skates
The function of using Hevi-Haul machinery skates is to move a variety of heavy loads under a wide variety of different conditions one may be working in. Versatility is key, it is another reason these skates stand out from the rest. When it comes to different loads, and different paths of traveling with the skates, you are going to want to find the right type of skate to match the job. Here are the different types of machinery skates that Hevi Haul offers:
Straight Line Skates
The straight-line skate lines are the ultimate machinery moving dollies for transporting large loads when you have a flat, straight line. Ideal for narrow, limited space moving. These types of skates can hold from 2.5 tons to 100 tons per skate. Hevi Haul offers straight-line skates in three varieties: slim, short, and long.
If the machinery you need to move is on a flat surface, but need to make some maneuvering moves, utility skates are likely the right option for you. These versatile machinery dollies are made for turning and straight line moving. While these skates are not meant for the heaviest-duty weight carrying, they can still pack a punch with capacities of 1.5 to 37.5 tons per skate. Hevi Haul utility skates are available in two varieties: tilting and non-tilting.
Compact Swivel Skates
Perfect for light to medium duty loads requiring full directional control, compact swivel skates are perfect for all purpose moving. These skates have a capacity ranging between 1.5 tons to 12.5 tons per skate. Hevi Haul’s swivel tops are easily removable with a hex key wrench for straight line moving applications without the need to purchase additional skates.
Skate Factors To Be Considered
Using the right skate combination is key. When using this equipment while working with a large load, a variety of factors should be taken into consideration. The factors of load configuration, physical size, and shape often dictate the number of support points required. These deciding factors will help determine the number of skates needed for the job. It will also determine the distribution of the equipment.
How Machinery Skates Are Loaded
The actual process of using machinery skates seems generally straightforward, but doing so actually requires a lot of precision to ensure it is done effectively and safely. You will have to ensure you have the right equipment to load the skates correctly. The load must be lifted properly onto the skates in a manner where the skates can be distributed. Whether this is by using machinery to lift the load or other equipment such as a toe jack, it will be determined by the size of the load and the number of skates that need to be used.
The Engineering Behind Load Moving Skates
Our load-moving skates are engineered to move the world. Every part of the skate has a specific purpose which allows for maximum results. The steel cleats embed themselves into wood skids or blocking to ensure alignment and grip. The fully welded steel frame is sourced from high-quality North American steel. The grease fittings of the skates allow for easy lubrication and minimum maintenance. The heat-treated needle bearings are the full length of each roller which allows for smooth moving. Finally, our wide roller stance helps bridges, cracks gaps, and holes in floors.
Industries That Rely On Machinery Skates
Without the help of machinery skates, many different industry types will have trouble moving the heavy loads they need to properly do their work. Companies such as professional machinery movers, rigging companies, structure moving companies, and municipalities with large load moving needs would be left in a difficult position if machinery skates were not available to assist with these transfers.
Hevi Haul Leading The Way With Machinery Skates
Since 1938, Hevi Haul has been manufacturing world-class machinery skates that have assisted in the toughest moving projects. With skate systems that are built to last and always offering rugged durability and American-made quality in both function and design, Hevi Haul should be your first choice when it comes to finding the right skate for your heaving load moving. Contact us today to learn more about our different skates and how we stand out from the rest!
Get Custom Skates From Hevi-Haul For Your Moving Needs
When it comes to moving skates, Hevi-Haul has a long history of being an innovator in the material handling industry. We’ve come a long way since our early beginnings with Skid-Rol Dollies. Today we have an extensive catalog of moving solutions. And when that’s not enough, we can modify and create custom skates to suit your unique needs.
Don’t see what you need? We’ll create custom skates for you!
Applications don’t always have an off the shelf solution. There are times when our standard skates won’t do the job. You may need a modification on one of our products or a completely unique design. Whichever the case may be, we have the capabilities and expertise to design custom-fit solutions.
How do we create custom skates suited for your needs?
- We’ll use our 80 years+ experience to come up with a solution for your specific moving job. And while we’re at it, we’ll keep in mind all the fine details that define a successful solution.
- Our designers will partner with you in the design process to model a product that meets your requirements. And we’ll make sure to iron out all the details prior to production.
- We use the latest in 3D CAD software and technology to design quality skates that will perform beyond your expectations.
- We use high-quality North American steel, CNC machined components and fully welded steel frames for added strength and longevity for your move.
- We’ll ensure you’re satisfied with the process every step of the way.
There’s a reason our products move the world
We’ve been known for our quality and rugged products since our first skates were introduced to the industry in 1938 by Paul J. Kordes. Our dollies quickly followed suit for professional machinery movers, riggers and structural movers.
As a family-owned small business, we take pride in earning and keeping the trust our customers have placed in us. From major multi-national companies to small machinery moving companies, our customers have become our friends and they count on us to manufacture and deliver the highest quality skates available.
Contact Hevi Haul-today to get more information on the highest quality roller dollies available.
This blog is a continuation of our previous blog, The Problems With 4 Skate Systems, except this one is where you find all the answers.
Let’s first recap why using more skates is actually counterintuitive. The problem is in the points of contact and weight distribution. If you place an 8-legged table down on a really uneven floor, how many of the legs do you think will actually touch the ground? Maybe half, if that? This means the table will wobble in all different ways, especially when you try to put things on it. The same happens when you use too many machinery skates under a heavy load. Some of the skates will have to hold some serious weight while others won’t be of any use at all. In this industry, less is more.
Here’s Why Three Skate Systems Are The Solution:
If you want an explanation a mathematic explanation you can find that right here. Here is my best to simplified version of it.
Basically, a 3 legged stool will never wobble. Ever. How? If you disassemble the stool, you’ll have 3 legs, and a seat. Take one leg and hold it in the air. It can move in all 3 dimensions: up/down, back/forth, and side/side. Now plant one end of the leg on the ground and keep it there. It can only move 2 dimensionally: back/forth and side/side, not up/down anymore. Now take 1 of the other legs, plant it on the ground, and connect the tops of the two legs together. They can now only move in 1 dimension, back/forth. If you take the 3rd leg and connect it to the other 2, then you remove the back and forth movement, which means it can’t move at all anymore. As long as you stay within the stools center of gravity, you’ll never tip over.
1 Skate In Front, 2 Skates In The Rear
This same concept applies to a load on a 3 skate system. As long as the load stays within the triangle created by the 3 skates, it won’t tip over. Even on uneven ground. This is why a 3 skate system is so much safer when moving heavy loads. It removes the risk of skates slipping or failing, and it removes the risk of loads tipping over. The heavyweight keeps pressure pushing down on all 3 skates, and they’ll never slip out because of friction force.
Everything You Need on Your Rigging Equipment Checklist
Injuries have cost companies as much as $62 billion in a single year. For material movers, the right rigging equipment is a must to reduce injuries and boost efficiency. But it can be hard to know the must-haves when it comes to rigging tools, especially with the weight and pressure of giant jobs.
Don’t worry. When it comes to heavy rigging equipment, we’re here for support. Here is a list of everything you need before you get moving.
First, What Is Rigging Equipment?
Rigging equipment is gear needed to lift and support materials. And to say it’s important is an understatement. More than half of all mobile crane accidents happen because of problems in the rigging stage.
What heavy lifting equipment needs to be in place to hoist a load?
Get Off the Ground with Hooks
Quality hooks can act as a hand or lend support like a joint. The key to lifting with hooks is securing a sturdy grip. If hooks slip, cargo could crash hard.
Here are a few common hooks:
- Self-locking – As the name suggests, these hooks clamp shut to keep items secure.
- Clevis – These hooks can connect directly to cables or chains.
- Slip – Each of these hooks are like a doorway, letting chains slide through and wrap around objects.
Need added support?
Get Rooted with Shackles
When it comes to lifting tons at a time, shackles have been a sturdy go-to for decades. Shackles are built to link up a solid base to a heavy load. They have two parts: a pin and curved shackle. There are different combos of pin and body pieces, including screw pins, round pins, anchor shackles, and chain shackles.
What about hardcore connectors?
Tie it All Together with Ropes, Chains, and Slings
Ropes and slings are one of the most used types of rigging equipment. But with half a dozen different types of slings, nailing down the perfect type depends on the job. Here are a few of the most popular materials out there:
- Metal mesh
Once the cargo is up, what’s the best way to move it?
Glide Smoothly with Machinery Skates
Machinery skates are built for massive moves. For instance, in 2016, a 300,000-pound tavern was relocated using Hevi-Haul skates. Once a big structure is propped up, these friction fighters can help carry heavy loads to their final destination.
Here are some common types of machinery skates:
But even if the rigging equipment checklist is complete, tapping into professional advice can make or break a job.
Let the Pros Carry Some Weight
When it comes to heavy rigging equipment, the stakes are high. A recent OSHA study involving heavy moving found one in three accidents involved problems in rigging. Doing research and getting help from the experts could safeguard against wrecked jobs and injuries.
Which Machinery Skates Have the Longest Shelf Life?
Heavy machinery is not just heavy—it’s also bulky, awkward, and sometimes delicate. That’s why if you move heavy machinery around even semi-regularly, you should have some machinery skates around your shop.
Machine moving skates and machinery rollers save you tons of heavy lifting. (Literally!) They also save you money (provided you don’t have to buy new machinery skates every time you need to move a piece of gear) because improper handling is one of the leading causes of damage to equipment.
Here are some tips on how to find moving skates that will last while protecting your investment, your body, and your machinery.
How to Find the Most Durable Machinery Skates
The first step in helping you find the best, longest-lasting machinery skates for your buck is knowing what kind of machine moving skates are out there. This will help you determine which will best suit your shop’s needs.
Like the name suggests, utility skates are the most basic kind of machinery skate. Don’t let the name fool you though: Basic does not mean you can’t use utility machinery skates and rollers for a wide variety of purposes.
- Are ideal for maneuvering heavy machinery around your shop
- Offer basic turnability, as well as the ability to easily move equipment in a straight line
- Can handle equipment between 1.5 tons and 37.5 tons
Straight Line Skates
Straight line utility skates are an excellent choice if you won’t be doing much turning with your heavy equipment. They are even more rugged than utility skates, and each one can handle between 2.5 tons and 100 tons.
Compact Swivel Skates
Compact swivel skates are the best choice for when navigability is an issue. Although they are a little less robust than other machine rollers on the market, compact swivel skates can handle loads between 1.5 tons and 12.5 tons.
They more than make up for the weight difference with full mobility, however. Compact swivel skates feature omnidirectional turning capabilities. So, if your work area is a little tight, it’s a good idea to have one of these in your arsenal.
Choose the Right Material
Now that you know what type you’re looking for, you’ll need to decide which material will best suit your needs. Machinery skates tend to come in steel and polyurethane.
- Steel rollers tend to be more durable and a good selection for general purposes.
- Polyurethane rollers are for a better bet for floors that need to be protected.
- Polyurethane machine skates distribute the load’s weight more evenly across the floor.
- Polyurethane rollers are more stable, for additional protection.
If you move equipment around a lot, finding the best machinery skates for your particular needs is the simplest way to protect your equipment and your workers. They also make your shop function more efficiently, letting you reconfigure your space at a whim.
Looking for Machinery Skates for Your Workspace?
Our machine rollers first hit the market in 1938. We’re as committed today to helping people move equipment with ease as we were 80 years ago.
Ready to find the right rollers for your business? Check out our full line of machine rollers today!
3 Types of Heavy Duty Skates for Handling Heavy Equipment
When there’s heavy lifting to do and the load is beyond anything your employees can handle, is there a solution beyond renting a forklift? The answer is yes, and it comes in a much smaller package than a construction vehicle.
Heavy duty skates for machines can be placed under heavy loads to guide them along smooth paths. When skates are in place, moving insanely heavy loads becomes very possible. Machine skates are capable of moving all types of machinery, and they range in weight capacities from 1 ton to around 100 tons per skate.
Heavy Duty Skates For Heavy Equipment
Moving large machines by crane and forklift will cost you a lot more than investing in skates. But which kind is the best for your situation? Here are some of the skates we offer at Hevi-Haul.
Compact Swivel Skates for Lighter Loads
The weight capacity for these types of skates ranges from 1.5 to 12.5 tons per skate. As with all of our skates, the compact swivel can use steel rollers or polyurethane-coated rollers. Which is right for you depends on the surface on which your equipment will be used.
The compact swivel skates have full directional control, eliminating the need to move in straight lines. They provide full stability thanks to friction plates, and they eliminate the need for locking mechanisms.
Utility Skates for Medium Loads
Our versatile utility skates each have a weight capacity of 37.5 tons and are perfect for moving machinery in straight lines or with turns. The rollers can be removed so that they can be replaced with steel or polyurethane-coated rollers, depending on your needs.
Straight Line Skates for Heavy Loads
Sometimes the best method for moving especially large machinery is to stick to straight, designated paths. Our straight line skates are meant for this transference, with each skate having an individual weight capacity of up to 100 tons.
These skates are unique because of how low they are to the ground (while still being optimally functional). The lower position makes the lifting and setting down of large machinery that much easier and accessible.
That isn’t to say that you have to purchase them for extremely heavy loads. In fact, these skates come in long, short, and slim models to accommodate your needs. And each skate is designed with a wide stance to evenly distribute weight and offer stability.
Find the Perfect Heavy Duty Skates at Hevi-Haul
At Hevi-Haul, our products are made to be top-notch and ready for work. We’ve built heavy duty machinery skates since 1938, and we have earned a reputation for rugged, quality products.
If you’d like to learn more about our line of industrial skates, click here to read more at our blog. Or, if you’re ready to find a solution for moving heavy equipment without renting heavy machinery, click here to contact us today!
Everything You Need To Know About Industrial Skate Rental
Industrial skates are crucial. They help move your equipment easier and prevent accidents.
It’s easy to want to get the moving process over with. The best way to tackle heavy equipment and settle into your new facility is by renting a moving skate.
So, you’re probably trying to search for skates and finish moving as fast as possible. But how do you find the most durable and reliable skates? Before you agree to a rental, it’s important to understand skates and the process when renting them.
Prevent lifting a heavy object and sustaining an injury. Learn more about renting a skate during your next move.
The Types of Industrial Skate Options
There are many types of skates used for different purposes. To be sure you’re using the best skate for the job, understand the different types of skates:
- These are rollers designed to move heavy equipment.
- These skates can usually sustain up to 72 tons of weight.
- Machinery skates can be fixed to hold equipment as you’re unloading but can be adjusted to move and steer equipment.
- Machinery skates come in different shapes and sizes to hold various types of heavy equipment.
Structural Moving Skates
- These skates are specifically used to move a structure from its original location to a new location.
- These skates are useful when transporting historical or sensitive materials associated with a structure.
- Structural skates can also be used when transporting specific features of a residential property.
- House and building skates allow a structure to be moved in any direction.
- A beam roller skate helps move heavy buildings with the help of high-capacity beams.
Know What Skates You Need
- When choosing an industrial skate, understand which one you’ll need. Do you need to move large or small equipment? Some skates are better for large pieces while others are better for smaller pieces in bulk.
- Movement is also important. You need a skate with excellent maneuverability while holding a large amount of weight.
- There are several varieties of industrial skates. The various skate designs and materials are made for different purposes.
The Rental Process
There is a specific process when renting a skate. After you know which skate you need and find it, you can start the renting process. Here are the most important facts to keep in mind:
- Dates. Know the dates you’ll be needing the equipment. It’s better to add an extra day or two in case there are any delays in the moving process. Be sure you can return the equipment by the final day of your rental.
- Quantity. Include the quantity of the skates you’ll need. It’s best to rent an extra one in case you end up needing more skates than you expected.
- From here, you’ll receive your quote. Have a tentative budget in mind when renting an industrial skate.
Time to Rent an Industrial Skate
There may be a time when you need to rent a skate to move heavy equipment. When you need to relocate, always rent a skate. These skates help make a move a smooth process. They can sustain heavy weights and are easy to maneuver.
If you need to move heavy equipment, renting skates to make the move easier makes sense. But, moving heavy equipment can be dangerous, so it’s important to know that the skates you rent are of the highest quality.
Before renting, be sure to ask the rental company if they carry Hevi-Haul skates. Our skates have been known and trusted for decades for their high quality, durability, and reliability. If you need to move anything heavy, you can trust Hevi-Haul.
Rigid Casters Vs Swivel Casters: Know The Difference
For every large moving job, you’ll need to decide what type of caster or skate to use. There are essentially two types: rigid casters and swivel casters.
To decide which kind to use, consider asking yourself these questions:
- How much space do I have to maneuver?
- Am I moving the materials more than once?
- To where am I moving the load?
- How much does the moving load weigh?
- What is the distance I’m covering in the move?
In this post, we’ll explore the differences between each caster and help you settle on a wheel configuration that best suits your move.
Also referred to as fixed casters, rigid skates do not turn. They are great for moving materials in straight lines, forward, and backward. Things to know about rigid casters are:
- You cannot steer these types of skates, but they bear more weight than swivel casters.
- They can generally carry 2.5 tons to 100 tons of cargo per skate.
- They are also terrific for transporting pallets with a mounted-push stick.
If you need to navigate your cargo through tight turns and small spaces, you will want to go with a swivel caster. Things to know about swivel casters include:
- These skates spin 360 degrees, and you can steer them to change direction.
- They generally hold 1.5 tons to 12.5 tons of weight per skate.
- It can take more manpower to maneuver cargo on swivel casters. This is because a solid push is needed to get all the wheels pointed in the same direction for the skates to roll.
- Using all swivel skates limits the distance you can travel with your cart or truck. Swivels are not designed to consistently roll in a straight line, so only use these types of skates for shorter distances.
Depending on the move job, you may want to use both rigid and swivel casters on the same cart. Certain combinations of the two can offer you stability and mobility for strong and efficient transport.
Combining both types of casters will allow you to move across greater distances without trying to keep the swivel wheels straight, as well as allow you to steer around corners and move sideways. For example, think of the design of a shopping cart. It combines both swivel and caster skates.
Listed below are some examples of wheel combinations.
- This cart has four swivels in each corner.
- This combination allows you to change direction without having to turn completely around.
- A cart with this combination is not for moving in straight lines as it can be hard to maneuver in those instances. You can, however, put swivel locks on the rear skates. By locking the casters, you can move the cargo in a straight line.
4-Wheel Caster Steer
- This is one of the more commonly utilized wheel configurations.
- It has two swivel casters in the front and two rigid in the back.
- It turns easily and moves smoothly in a straight line.
- A little more effort is needed with turns. For instance, to make a 90-degree turn, you have to pivot the cart on its rigid back casters.
4-Wheel Diamond Pattern
- This configuration is all rigid skates arranged in the shape of a diamond. It’s best for tilt-type carts.
- This is typically the most cost-effective way to set up your skates.
- The center wheels allow for pivoting and 360-degree turns.
- The 4-wheel diamond is not good for heavy cargo (only three skates are rolling across the floor at once) and you cannot move it sideways.
- This arrangement has two axle mounted wheels at the front and two rigid skates in the back.
- This is one of the best designs for heavy jobs.
- It’s difficult to manually move carts with this combination, which is why most of them are power drawn.
- Similar to the 4-wheel diamond, the 6-wheel tilt can move heavier cargo and it’s great for lengthy carts.
- With four swivel wheels and two rigid, this configuration supports long turns.
- Depending on the cargo weight, you can do a tilt-type cart or a non-tilt.
Consult Experts and Be Safe
When deciding the type of caster and skate configuration for your industrial move, consult experts and ask questions. Additionally, consider the type of floor you’ll be moving across and if that should affect your skate selection.
Contact us with any inquiries. We are happy to help and eager to get you rolling in the right direction!