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02-16-2010 08:46 PM
Well, I provided my customer with tandem under mount soft close drawer glides for this kitchen. This is a first for me since we typically use KV side mount soft close. When using the KV side mount soft close glide, the drawer needs to be built close to perfect with maybe 1/32 +/- tolerance or the soft close feature does not work well.
So my experience with these tandom slides, I used 5/8” side material. The instructions stated opening minus 23/32” or 17 mm. I am not set up with metric and best I could tell 23/32 converted closest to just over 5/8”. So I experimented with a drawer to start. I needed to make some adjustments to the underside of the drawer because the drawer was not built wide enough. The underside adjustment was easy and not even visible by any person opening the drawer and so the drawer was usable and no need to rebuild. I subtracted 3/16” on the next box and just a slight adjustment of maybe 1/16” was required to the underside of the drawer box, again not anything major or visible. So at this time I built my drawer boxes opening minus 3/8” to 7/16” and the drawers work great.
These drawer glides work far better then anything I have ever used. When customers ask for soft close I typically pay 13.00 a pair for the KV side mount and I do not look forward to the process because a lot of adjustments tend to happen in order to get all of the drawers to work smoothly while letting the soft close feature to work really well. There seems to be less effort using the tandem glides with excellent results. I can actually push the drawer shut very gently with one finger and the forward momentum will just glide slowly until it latches onto the piston which then carries the drawer into place softly. Also the drawer appears to be floating in air since the glides are not seen.
Any time in the future customers want soft close I am selling them the tandom glides, no question. I will say though, if soft close is not requested, the KV TT 100 glides are very hard to beat in price and quality since we pay about 5.00 per pair for those glides. That is just a great price for the KV TT 100 glide.
Thanks for reading. Jerry