By Greg Fenrick

Although I haven’t had the pleasure of being involved in any conveyor maintenance activities, I’ve done enough construction maintenance in the past to know that the less dismantling you need to do to maintain a piece of equipment, the better.

This is what caught my eye about Flexco’s Flex-Lifter™ new Conveyor Belt Lifter, shown below.

Lifting a tensioned conveyor belt to replace worn idlers or to set up a splicing station can be a difficult and hazardous job. The Flex-Lifter™ makes the job safe, fast and easy.

This belt lifter has the highest safe lift rating available at 4,000 lbs (1,810kg). It can handle the toughest maintenance tasks, like lifting a loaded, tensioned belt. The Flex-Lifter™ is also versatile. Each model can lift both topside (troughed or flat) belts and return side belts.

This easy-to-use tool is portable and comes in two models: Medium for belt widths 36-60” (900-1500mm) and Large for belts 48-72” (1200-1800mm). This unit is only 6-3/4” (169mm) high in its closed position so it can easily be placed on the conveyor structure between the belts; and adjustable leg extensions adapt to varying structure widths. The fully opened heights of 14” (350mm) for the Medium model and 16” (400mm) for the Large model allow enough room above troughing rollers to set up a belt splicing station.

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