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Welcome to the Vital Parts guide to Adjustable Feet. Your number one source for information regarding measurements, uses and sizing, all found in one place. This guide is  part of our 'Vital Guides' series which is aimed to educate you on the solutions available, when to use them as well as how to go about measuring them. Something which should help you to make the best decision possible for your use.

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

When To Use Adjustable Feet?Furniture raised using adjustable threaded feet
  • When raising a piece of Furniture or Machinery
One of the most popular uses for these types of feet is their use to raise a piece of Furniture or Machinery through the length of their thread, the longer the thread size the more height that you are able to add to your piece of Furniture or Machinery.

The majority of feet provide stability even at the longest of thread sizes preventing any wobble, something which they are unrivalled for in comparison to alternate solutions.
  • To level off an object
As well as being able to add height to an object, specific variants such as articulating and tilting feet are able to adjust based on the flooring that they are placed on, enabling their use with un-even surfaces or varying heights.
  • To reduce vibrations and noise
When looking to reduce vibrations and noise Adjustable feet can be an ideal route to go down 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 a rubber based foot for these type of uses as rubber provides an unbeatable level of shock absorption.
  • 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. Polyamide feet are recommended for this type of use as they allow for easy height adjustment from above through the use of an allen key.

Why Use Adjustable Feet?

Now you have a better idea of 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 evenly, something that many other solutions may struggle with, causing a large amount of instability. Adjustable feet are able to be adapted 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 factors that will effect their day-to day performance as well as their weight capabilities. Each of the parts labelled on the image below are essential to finding your ideal choice of adjustable foot and have been broken down into some of the key measurements to look at and consider for your use;

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 may be needed for something which needs adjusting frequently.

To find the thread length of an adjustable foot you must look to measure the distance between the stud & 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 compatability 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, this proves to be beneficial for many 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 solutions, from tricky one off projects all the way to simple day to day problems. To get a better understanding and to prevent getting lost when choosing the perfect one for you, we have split them up into 4 main categories which outline some of their uses and features.

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 counterparts.
Articulating feet are unique in the sense that they allow for up to 8° of articulation, this enables their use with uneven surfaces that aren’t completely flat providing a bit of give rather than wobbling like a fixed foot may.
Tilting feet come with a ball joint connection between the base and the thread, this allows for up to 20° of articulation. Tilting feet are regularly used with uneven flooring as well as with applications that have varying heights, allowing you to angle the foot to your requirements.
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.
For our full variety of Threaded Adjustable feet & Machinery 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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