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Forum topic by Robert Newport posted 11-15-2011 04:42 AM 2133 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Robert Newport

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11-15-2011 04:42 AM

Hi, Lumberjocks!
I’ve got a customer who wants some slide-out shelves in her pantry. She wants heavy duty slides (200# load rating) and also wants soft-closing slides (like on the standard 100# slides). Has anyone seen anything like that? I can’t find them on anything over 100#, but before I get back to her, I wanted to see if any of you have run across them. So…has anyone seen 200# slides with the soft-close feature?
Thanks everyone!
Robert Newport

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 04:53 AM

Look into the Ikea rationel kitchen drawers…you should be able to buy just the drawer assemblies for $20 to $40 not sure if you would be able to use those, but if so you could attach the drawer slides that they have (not sure if these are included or an extra cost (but they are an extra package)...good luck

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 05:54 AM

Ikea drawers, which are Blum Tandembox, are rated for 55lbs (according to Ikea). Tandembox slide from Blum are rated for 75 or 110#.

I haven’t seen anything with 200# and soft-close, but I have to say, the Blum soft-close is divine. Would 110# not be enough?

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 06:25 AM

Hi Robert, Accuride as well as a few others do have 200 lb slides but I have never heard, seen or looked for soft close in that type slide. BTW you stated something about a soft close bening standard in a 100lb. slide. The only slide you will find that has soft close as a standard will be a soft close slide. Try Louis and co. You can order online. Good luck on the #200 soft close.

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 06:30 AM

I believe that Rockler sells Blum stand-alone soft closers.

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 08:26 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions.
Cabmaker – I think the soft close are ONLY available on the 100# slides, not that 100# come with soft close standard…you have to pay extra for soft close. Minor point, but just a clarification.
Thanks BentheViking and live4ever, but less than 100# won’t work at all. Lots of boxes of grains and bottles of oil and stuff will be too heavy for a slide less than 100#.
Sawkerf – I love Rockler and bought some 200# slides from them and they work great, but they don’t have the soft close feature.
I’ll keep looking and hope to hear from more of you in the next day or two. Got to keep working!
Thanks everyone!

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 04:20 PM

How big are those freakin’ drawers?????
They’ve gotta be a real set of honkers.


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#7 posted 11-15-2011 06:46 PM

This may be a really dumb idea, but, assuming the shelves are large enough to have room, what about just using two sets of the 100lbs slides?

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 06:47 PM

Could you put four 100lb softclose slides per drawer instead of two regular 200lb?

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Robert Newport

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 07:14 PM

Bill – 8 of the drawers are 24×24 and 3 are 36×24. The 200# are probably overkill, but I’ve seen the 100# come apart on the same size drawer when loaded with lots of liquids and heavy items. Maybe overkill isn’t a bad idea…
cr1 – Didn’t even consider the under mount slides. Definitely only the side mount, just trying to decide on the weight load.
Lifesaver2000 & Viktor – That’s an interesting idea, but I once tried to put 3 slides on a drawer – 1 on each side and 1 on the bottom – and it didn’t turn out well. I’m also planning on using brackets to attach the slides to the face frame in the front and to the wall in the back and I don’t know if there would be an issue with not having enough room for 2 sets on each side. Your idea is really thinking “outside the box”, so to speak…
Thanks everyone!

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 07:16 PM

cr1 – Thanks for the links. The comparison is very handy.

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 07:30 PM

We have very large drawers for pot and pans in our kitchen and 100# self closing slides are more than adequate. They actually work better loaded than empty.

200# may be overkill? My 2 cents worth.

Good Luck!

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 07:38 PM

Rick – I’m not so much worried about the pots and pans because they take up a lot of space, so you can’t put very many on a shelf. My concern is about pantry stuff…liquids, heavy bags of flour, etc. that are currently maxing out the space on the shelf and would probably take the 100# load to the limit. I saw it happen on another customer’s shelf where I replaced the 100# with 200# to prevent it happening again. Pots and pans (unless they’re cast iron), probably wouldn’t test the weight limit.
It still could be overkill, though. Maybe I need to weigh what’s currently on the shelf to see.

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