Tool Balancer Selection Guide
How to choose the tool balancer or retractor for your application
Types of Tool Balancers and Retractors
|Retractor Tool Balancers||Zero Gravity Tool Balancers||Hose Reel Tool Balancers|
Retractor Tool Balancers
Retractor tool balancers use a spring mechanism to keep the tool hanging slightly below the balancer when in the rest position. To use the tool, the operator pulls down to unwind a cable. When the operator’s task is complete, the tool can again be safely returned to the rest position. While in use, the operator will feel a slight pull from the retractor, as the tool is under continuous pressure from a spring.
TECNA retractor tool balancer series 9346 – 9350 includes a ratchet stop device that prevents the rope from rewinding and retracting into the balancer. This allows the tool to remain in the working or hanging position until released by a “pull and release” action.
ZERO-Gravity Tool Balancers
ZERO-Gravity tool balancers use a conical drum to maintain the tool in the operator’s last position. The tension created using the drum and spring remains constant throughout the entire operation. This constant tension allows the operator to use less force to move the tool. While in use, the operator will feel ZERO tension from the balancer. When the tool or equipment is released, it will stay in the same position.
ZERO-Gravity tool balancers have an optional chain control locking mechanism, allowing the operator to lock the load in a secure position. This feature can be useful for tool maintenance and optimal positioning to perform a task. Releasing the lock returns the balancer to free vertical movement.
Hose Reel Tool Balancers
Like retractor tool balancers, hose reel balancers use an internal spring mechanism to operate. Unlike retractors, hose reel balancers use a pneumatic air hose rather than a retractable cable. This configuration suspends pneumatic tools and supplies them with air. For longer strokes or heavier loads, a hose accessory can be added for the 9310 – 9313 series and 9320 – 9323 series hose reel balancers.
Tool Balancer Selection Guide
Tool Balancer Selection Examples
TECNA Weld Gun
TECNA 3322 (scissor-type) weld gun has a weight of 114 lbs. or (52 kg). The TECNA 9367BR tool balancer with a weight capacity of 121 lbs. or (55 kg), and a stroke length of 70 in. or (2000 mm) would be ideal for this installation.
ATEX Air Tool
ATEX air tool has a weight of 13 lbs. (6 kg). For this application, the operator would be required to pull the air tool down and use it several times moving freely over the workbench and then releasing it. The optimal solution is the TECNA 9347AX tool balancer, ATEX certified, with a stop device (ratchet) and 75 in. (2500 mm) stroke.
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