Use side mount drawers slides as center mounts?

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Forum topic by Cory posted 02-09-2010 06:02 PM 2694 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2010 06:02 PM

I recently lucked into about 10 pairs of 100lb 18” full extension drawer slides. They’re Accurides about 4 years old but were still in the box. Can I use them as a center mount instead of side mount? Would the compression of the weight of the drawer cause any problems?



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#1 posted 02-09-2010 06:05 PM

I’ve used them that way Cory.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 11:06 PM

I have also center mounted them with very good results The application would determine the installation, ofcourse the 100 lb rating is based on a standard application.

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 12:15 AM

This can be done as I have done this for some pull out options in the past but way the glides are built will dictate that by using them this way you will not be able to load them down. As Rhett said, don’t expect them to hold 100 lbs using them in this fashion but for light stuff they would do well as undermounts.

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 01:22 AM

I’ve heard that the load rating drops by ~1/2 when they’re mounted that way.

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 02:39 AM

I use them in pairs on the bottom of slide out shelves or applications that don’t use a drawer front. I would never use a single one because stability would be an issue. If you get a lot of weight on one side, it would rack on you and affect the ability to slide smoothly.

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 10:50 PM

I used a couple on an under-sink trash bin I made a few years ago. It seemed fine for a while, but now I’ve noticed there’s a considerable sag when fully extended. When I rebuild it, I’ll either use under-mount glides or try a different configuration.

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 10:54 PM

I have used them often that way. I have 4 spice drawers in my own kitchen that are an 8th inch apart using the guides this way. Saved a lot of space.

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