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Precision Matters: Get the Right Lift Gate for Your Folding Countertop

Precision Matters: Get the Right Lift Gate for Your Folding Countertop

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 28, 2023 4:10:14 PM


You have a beautiful kitchen design in mind, complete with a folding countertop. 

But have you considered the weight of this addition? 

When it comes to folding countertop projects, precision is key. The weight and size of the countertop being lifted can greatly affect the counterbalance of the motion control system, and guessing or estimating can lead to serious problems. 

As a manufacturer of lift gate systems, we have seen the impact of inaccurate information on these projects. Let’s explore why it's important to provide accurate weight and size information for a hinged countertop.

Why Should You Use Counterbalance Hinges For Your Folding Countertop?

Counterbalance hinges offer exceptional design flexibility, catering to the specific requirements of each application.

While the initial installation cost of counter hinges may be higher, the long-term savings and return on investment are substantial. The hinges' exceptional durability and reliability make them ideal for high-traffic environments, where they can withstand excessive wear and tear without compromising performance.

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Don't Guess on Weight: Be Precise With Your Folding Bar Counter Hinges

When it comes to the equation of countertop weight vs. counterbalance hinge ability, It’s simple math. 

If the weight of the countertop is guessed, the counterbalance system could be set up to fail, either by not providing enough force to lift the countertop or providing too much force, which could damage the system or even the countertop itself. If the counterbalance is too strong or weak, it can cause the countertop to either slam down or not lift up at all. 

The Lift Gate Assistant works on the principle of counterbalance, where the force of the hinge precisely offsets the weight of the countertop. This delicate balance ensures that the countertop lifts and lowers smoothly, requiring minimal force from the user. 

The Danger of Over- and Underestimating

It’s easy to underestimate the weight of your countertop, especially if you’ve only factored in the weight of the surface material. However, substrates like the support structure or electrical components fixtures can add more weight than you’d expect. On the other hand, overestimating the weight can lead to an unnecessarily heavy counterbalance system, which can be bulky and cost more money.

When in doubt, talk to your countertop vendor or manufacturer. They can help you determine the weight and size of your countertop, as well as provide you with information on the lift gate that will work best for your project. They can also provide guidance on the type of substrate – material that the countertop is mounted on – that works well with the counterbalance system.

Factor in Substrates

Speaking of substrates, be sure to account for the weight of any underlying substrates, such as plywood or MDF, attached to the countertop – they can add significant weight to the overall structure.

Keep in mind that the thickness of the substrate can affect the counterbalance system, too. A thicker substrate may require more hinge support.

Use This Calculator to Get the Right Folding Countertop Hinge 

To ensure that you have accurate weight and size information for your lift gate countertop project, we recommend using our lift gate calculator. This calculator considers all the necessary information to ensure that the counterbalance system is set up correctly. By using this calculator, you can ensure project success and user safety.

To ensure successful project completion with Lift Gate Assistant, we request the following specifications:

  1. Lid weight
  2. Lid material
  3. Lid dimensions (thickness, width, and length)

    Lift gate assistant lid calculator

What Happens If The Selected Hinge Isn't The Right Fit For Your Folding Countertop?

Don't fret if the hinge you ordered isn't suitable for your countertop. Simply get in touch with us and we will discuss potential return procedures. Please note that restocking fees may apply, particularly if the returned items are not in pristine condition. Factors such as the presence of scratches on the finish or the condition of the threads will be considered. 

Our typical lead time stands at two weeks, so placing an accurate order from the outset will save you considerable time, expense, and unnecessary hassle.

The Importance of Accuracy

Providing accurate information about your fold up countertop saves you time and money, and from dealing with potential safety hazards in the long run. By ensuring you have the right Lift Gate, you can enjoy the smooth operation and effortless functionality of your flip-up countertop for years to come.

Remember: precision matters when it comes to selecting the right Lift Gate for your flip-up countertop. Don't hesitate to reach out to Weber Knapp's experts if you have any questions or need assistance.


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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Motion Control, Design, Center of Gravity, Counterbalance, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, Hinge, Hinges, Manufacturing