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Guide To Adjustable Feet

Welcome to the Vital Parts guide to Adjustable Feet. Your number one source for information regarding measurements, uses and sizing, all in one place. This guide should educate you on the solutions available, when to use, and how to go about measuring them. Something which is essential during the process of choosing the best match for your use.

Adjustable Feet if you didn’t already know are an extremely popular component employed inside a vast array of industries, from use as machinery mounts all the way to screw in feet for furniture, they can be found almost anywhere and everywhere.


Overview
  1. When to use Adjustable FeetFurniture raised using adjustable threaded feet
  2. Why use them
  3. How to measure
  4. Weight guide
  5. What's available


When To Use Adjustable Feet?
  • When raising a piece of Furniture or Machinery
One of the most popular uses for these types of feet is to raise a piece of Furniture or Machinery, the longer the thread size the more height that you are able to add by screwing/un-screwing to your required height. The majority of feet provide stability even at the longest of thread sizes to prevent wobble.
  • To level off an object
As well as being able to add height to an object, specific types of Adjustable Feet such as articulating and tilting  are designed specifically for 'levelling' uses. This design is recommended for uneven floors, or applications with varying levels of height. 
  • To reduce vibrations and noise
When looking to reduce the vibrations and noise experienced through a foot, these products can be an ideal as they allow for a larger distance between the floor and the object in question, reducing overall vibrations and noise that may have otherwise been prevalent. We recommend our 'Rubber Base' feet for these types of installations, thanks to the optimal properties that Rubber provides.
  • When frequent height adjustment is required
Another common use for these feet includes their use as height adjusters, this allows for an object to be raised or lowered based on your requirements. This is frequently seen with portable stands and stalls where they are regularly adjusted to suit the daily needs. Slotted Head & Polyamide type feet are suggested for this ease, thanks to their ability to be adjusted from above (using either an allen key/screw driver).



Why Use Adjustable Feet?
Now you have a better idea of exactly when these type of feet are used, we are going to outline a couple of the main reasons why they are used.

Some of the main reasons why they are used is to support a heavy load and to distribute the weight accordingly, something that many other solutions may struggle with. Adjustable Feet are able to be carefully chosen to suit their use and weight requirements, with larger thread sizes and base diameters providing the best weight capabilities in comparison to smaller sizes.




How To Measure Adjustable Feet?
When measuring Adjustable Feet it is important to have a good idea of the key requirements that will enhance the day-to day performance, with a consideration for weight capabilities. Outlined inside the image below are the most important parts to consider when measuring up your feet, each being carefully considered against your application.

1. Base Diameter: The Base Diameter is essential for stabilizing and supporting the weight of the object, the larger the base the better the level of stabilization.
Vital Guide to threaded feet with adjustable stud measurement guide
To find the base diameter of the foot you should measure the size across the base as labelled inside the diagram.

2. Thread Length: Thread Length is important for the height adjustment and installation of these feet. Eg; a longer thread will provide more upwards height than a shorter one

The thread length of an adjustable foot is often the distance between the stud and bolt, the stud being the part labelled ‘thread size’ and the bolt being the section where the thread joins the base.

3. Thread Size: Thread size is a key factor for supporting the weight of an object and for thread compatibility, as the thread must match the type that it is being screwed into.

To find the metric thread size of a foot you should start by measuring the diameter across the thread, this can be done by putting the ruler against the stud of the adjustable foot (labelled thread size in diagram) and taking the measurement in mm.



Weight Guide
Many of our Adjustable/Threaded Feet variants come with a specified weight rating where they are tested up to a particular level, proving beneficial for heavy uses where an idea of their performance is key. Our table below shows the weight ratings of our weight rated feet, however we also show ratings on many other products inside our range.
 
Weight Rating Model
Up to 50kg Weight Rated Articulating - 25mm Base
Up to 75kg Weight Rated Articulating - 32.5mm Base
Up to 100kg Weight Rated Articulating - 40mm Base
Up to 250kg Weight Rated Articulating - 47.5 & 55mm Base
Up to 500kg Weight Rated Fixed - 25mm Base
Up to 750kg Weight Rated Fixed - 37.5mm Base
Up to 750kg Weight Rated Articulating - 100mm Base
Up to 1000kg Weight Rated Fixed - 47.5mm Base
Up to 2000kg Weight Rated Fixed - 80mm Base
All figures stated above are a rough guide and may vary based on thread size and length, for an exact rating please see the product page.
 

What's Available For Adjustable Feet?
Our range of Adjustable Feet covers a huge number of options, from all-in-one solutions to heavy duty machinery feet. To get a better understanding and to prevent getting lost when matching up to your requirements, we have split up some of the main variants below.

Fixed
These Fixed Feet come with a rigid base as well as a sturdy fixed thread, these are suitable for many general uses and are regularly used with furniture to act as either feet or legs. Being some of the most common, these are regularly cheaper than their counterpartsFixed Threaded foot with adjustable thread example image.
*Alot more available under the main category

Articulating (Levelling)
Articulating type Adjustable Feet (also known as Levelling Feet) are unique in the sense that they allow for up to 8° of articulation from standard which enables their use with uneven surfaces, that aren’t completely flat.

Tilting
Tilting Feet come with a ball joint connection between the base and the thread, this allows for up to 20° of angled movement. Tilting type Adjustable Feet are regularly used with uneven flooring as well as with applications that have varying heights.

Weight Rated
Weight Rated Feet are some of the most heavy duty offerings that we supply, each one being tested up to a certain weight rating to give you peace of mind. Each foot is fortified and built to easily sustain weight making them ideal for use with Machinery & Conveyors.Weight Rated Threaded Feet with Adjustable base example image

 *Please note we have more than 30+ solutions available



For our full variety of Threaded Adjustable Feet please see the range here.
For any custom enquiries, problems or questions related to these type of feet then please feel free to contact us or give us a call on 01233 713581.


 
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