Roller Runner or Ball Bearing Slide - Which One Do I Need?
Drawer Slides and Drawer Runners are used in drawers in kitchens, offices and storage furniture all around the World as a simple way of opening and closing a pull out drawer unit. At Eurofit Direct we stock a huge range of styles and sizes for use in a wide variety of places - in fact we sell millions of them every year all across the UK, making us one of the largest importers in the country.
To fit a drawer slide you will find they are generally either screw fitted, or factory fitted. All of the options we stock on Eurofit Direct are screw fit, as this means anybody can use them, from kitchen fitters to home DIY enthusiasts. You can find our video guide for this topic at the bottom of this page.
As there are many different varieties of drawer slides, and often different options for lengths and styles of slides, it would be impossible for us to list a simple 'how to fit a drawer slide' guide that would apply to all of our drawer slides. Instead we have individual technical drawings of all the slides and runners that we stock on the specific product pages showing you sizes and hole positions for fitting the slides - below is a quick overview for each of our main drawer slide types:
Bottom Fix Roller Runners
Roller runners come in 2 pieces on each side - one piece attaches to the carcass (furniture) and the other attaches to the drawer itself. Simply measure up the correct length of runner for each piece, screw the runner to the furniture and the drawer, and then you join the 2 pieces together by simple lining up the drawer with the furniture at an angle of around 45° and slowly pushing it in to the furniture lowing the angle to be flat at the finish.
Ball Bearing Drawer Slides
Ball bearing drawer slides are often used in metal furniture as they are more durable and able to hold larger weights, our drawer slides are split into three different versions of load rating (Light Duty, Medium Duty and Heavy Duty) fitting them is still a relatively simple process. Each of our drawer slides come with detailed technical diagrams that will show you where to best fit the slide depending on your needs. Much like our roller runners, ball bearing slides generally come as one piece for each side. At Eurofit Direct we sell all our slides as a pair.
Medium Duty Ball Bearing Slides
Our Medium Duty 46mm profile ball bearing slides can be split into two pieces to make installation easier, on the back of the slide there is usually a black clip that you can push to release the inner member of the slide. This piece then needs attaching to the drawer itself. The larger outer member is what attaches to the carcass of the drawer unit. Both can be simply screwed to attach and then once they are in place, simply glide the inner member attached to the drawer into the outer member attached to the carcass and they will click into place.
Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Slides
With our popular Heavy Duty Slides due to the load bearing of the slide it does not have a disconnect feature. We can provide these slides with a lock in/out feature and offer a load rating of up to 250kg. Our heavy duty slides have been a excellent solution for many applications such as:
- Vending machines
- Tool box storage units
- Vehicle conversions
- Vehicle stowage
- Under stairs storage
- Computer server storage
- Industrial machinery
Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Slides With a load rating of up to 250kg and fully extendable lengths of up to 60" (1524mm)If you require more help, please give our sales team a call on 01482 714488 - our technical team can offer more detailed assistance for specific slides.
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