Moving Machinery With Load Moving Skates

Load Moving Skates are one of the most handy tools you can possess when considering moving a large machine or object such as a cabinet/piece of furniture. Making light work of moving loads up to 100Tonnes short-medium distances but suitable for moving light loads too, machinery skates offer a versitile solution to load moving.

When moving a machine such as a CNC machine one would usually take a large purposely tested roller pinch bar (up to 5000kg) and carefully push the load slightly from the ground to enable an assistant to place a low entry toe jack under the machine in one corner, then repeat the opposite side of the machine.
Secondly two people then jack both of the jacks up high enough to slide the Load Moving Skates in to position, one can then release pressure from the jacks to safely lower the machine down on to the bed of the front steerable skate. Repeat the same on the opposite side, the correct method would be to perform this lift with 4 toe jacks however many people take the risk of using only two jacks. (You should always use 4 jacks).

There are many types of Toe Jacks available on today’s market varying from standard low entry models, adjustable toe jacks where the toes can be conveniently tucked away or moved and rotational Toe Jacks which as you can imagine rotate.

Toe Jacks For Low Entry Lifting

Lifting industrial objects up to 10 Tonnes is always going to be far too much for any human to lift without the aid of a Lifting Jacks of some kind, unless the person concerned is a ‘Super Human’ like that guy on TV who can swim under the sea for an abnormal extended period of time.

Lifting Jacks are idea for lifting heavy machinery or other bulky objects that are beyond our strength, some items may have a particularly low entry point where the gap for a Lifting Jack is minimal, maybe only a few centimetres, this job calls for a Lifting Jack designed particularly for low entry; the Toe Jack.

Industrial Toe Jack

Industrial Toe Jack

The Toe Jack is operated in a very similar way as the bottle jack and many other designs, the toe is placed under the load, the jack is then raised by pumping hydraulic pressure in to the Jack’s cylinder, which just like a Bottle Jack, raises the toe and lifts the load. The Toe Jack can then be lowered safely by turning the pump handle which gently releases the pressure in the Toe Jack and lowers the load into place.

Toe Jacks are usually used in combination with Machine Skates or Pallet Trucks to lift and shift bulky, heavy items.