Tool Balancer and Retractor Usage and Applications

What are tool balancers and tool retractors?

Tool balancers hold a hand-operated tool in a pre-set position to minimize operator effort during the use of the tool. They can be used for a variety of industrial applications where operators and workers frequently use heavy hand tools in the same position.

Tool retractors return tools to a preset position after use, usually out of the way of the work area. The tool is often affixed to a cable, which is wound onto a spring-loaded reel to perform the retraction.

Tool balancers and retractors make tools nearly weightless, reducing operator fatigue and improving safety and ergonomics. Sometimes referred to as load or spring balancers, TECNA tool balancers and retractors are an ideal way to balance a constant load. As a result, when properly balanced using spring tension, tool balancers free the operator from weight and can be moved with very little effort. This helps prevent tools from being accidentally dropped, reducing tool damage.

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Features and benefits of ergonomic tool balancers and retractors include:

  • Balance tool weight, making them nearly weightless
  • Suspend tools for easy access
  • Help workers with repetitive tasks
  • Hold fixtures, tools, welding guns, and other equipment
  • Keep equipment off of the floor eliminating trip hazards
  • Used as a festoon system, can reduce wear on cable and hoses
  • Improve production efficiency
  • Stabilize tool position
  • Improve accuracy
  • Reduce operator motion
  • Reduce worker fatigue
  • Useful for tools of various sizes
  • Reduce tool damage
  • Improve safety and workstation ergonomics

Selecting a tool balancer or retractor:

When choosing the right tool balancer, you need to know the weight you need to control. This is determined by the load capacity that the tool balancer can carry. The maximum capacity of the tool balancer should be close to the weight of the equipment hanging. Additionally, selection depends on the travel or reach of the tool balancer (the movement away from the balancer’s zero position). Explosion-resistant (ATEX-rated) tool balancers are also available for installation in potentially hazardous environments. Most important explosive areas containing flammable gases or combustible dust.

Common tool balancer and retractor uses and application:

Here is a list of common tool balancer uses and applications. If you don’t see your application on this list, please give us a call at 844-44-TECNA to discuss TECNA tool balancer options.

Common tool balancers and retractor uses and applications:
Suspended Tools
Air Tools
Pneumatic Tools
Chipping Hammers
Hammer Drills
Air Hammers
Die Grinders
Belt Sanders
Huck Bolters
Rivet Guns
Huck Riveters
Dot Peen Markers
Marking Tools
Strapping Tools
Cable Tie Machines
Pallet Wrap Machines
Nail Guns
Staple Guns
Electric Tools
Weld Guns
> Internal Transguns
> External Transguns
> Cable Weld Guns
Electric Saws
Meat-Processing Plants
Meat Saws
Bone Cutters
Bone Saws
Eyelet Applicator
Ham Peeler
Skin Remover
Deboning Machines
Band Saws
Washdown nozzles
Commercial Laundries
Industrial Laundries
Steam Irons
Commercial Ironing Equipment
Door Closers
Cable Guides
Hose Festooning
Water Hose Suspension
Power Cable Festooning
Power Cable Suspension
Fuel Hose Suspension
Cable Festooning
Cable Suspension
Vacuum Hose Suspension
Vacuum Lifter
Assembly workstations
Assembly tools
Drum fillers
Pallet fillers
Bag fillers
Drum dispensers
Crimping Tool
Pneumatic Crimper
Hydraulic Crimper
Suction Pumps
Bottling Tools
Power Washing Equipment
Pressure Washing Equipment
Weaving machines
Shoemaking equipment
Bootmaking equipment
Cobbler equipment
Heating tools
Spray Paint Guns
Powder Coat Guns
Bottle Capping Equipment
Bottle Capper
Multi-Shape Capper
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

Buy TECNA Tool Balancers and Retractors TODAY from our IN-STOCK Inventory.

At, we keep an inventory of TECNA tool balancers and retractors at our Warrensville Heights, OHIO location for quick shipment and delivery. Our current IN-STOCK inventory FOR SALE includes:

  • Stainless steel cable balancers
  • Explosion-resistant (ATEX-rated) balancers
  • Nylon cable balancers
  • Air hose balancers
  • NO gravity balancers

CONTACT, powered by Weld Systems Integrators, Inc. (WSI), is a stocking master distributor of TECNA spring tool balancers and tool retractors. We maintain an IN-STOCK inventory FOR SALE at our Warrensville Heights, OHIO location for quick shipment and delivery. To speak with a (WSI) team member, please give us a call at 844-44-TECNA or +1-216-475-5629.

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