There is a range of glass lifters and tools available to buy at GGR Glass and we are going to discuss the topic of glass lifters and suction cups in this article today.

Suction cups with comfortable lifting handles will help you to safely and easily lift any glass panel, for the easy instalment of any window.

Here is all you need to know if you work in any kind of commercial or industrial lifting operations and want to find out more about glass lifting and the tools required to make this as easy and effortless as possible.


Glass Lifters

Glass lifters, otherwise known as suction lifters, have suction cups which come with a handle attached to them. Glass lifters are designed and used in commercial and industrial lifting operations to make glass lifting, moving and fitting a much easier job. Glass lifting tools are essential if you work within this sector.

In the construction industry, glass lifters are used to help move large, smooth objects such as glass panes and other building materials, such as kitchen countertops and floor tiles.

Anything large and difficult to carry can be prone to breakage or damage if not handled correctly and with the correct care, which is the purpose of glass lifters, to keep those large yet delicate objects safe. They are designed to make it easier to lift glass panels or when glass handling at any point - glass lifters remove the strain out of manual handling of glass.


Glass Suction Lifter

Glass suction lifters are commonly hand-operated, although sometimes they can operate via a hoist for moving larger weights of glass. Suction lifters follow the same principle as a suction cup, maintaining a vacuum between the surface and the flexible suction lifter which is often flexible and made out of rubber.


What are Glass Lifting Handles?

Glass suckers have handles on them that are designed to be as comfortable as possible for the purpose of lifting glass. Manual glass suckers have rubber suction pads incorporated into them which help to suck onto the glass for a secure grip on the surface. This ensures the safety of the glass, that it is tightly fixed to the suction cups and is not going to fall and potentially break or damage - it maintains a secure grip. This allows for any glass to be lifted, carried and positioned in the correct place.


Are Glass Lifting Handles Necessary?

Yes, glass lifting handles are necessary for holding onto the suction cups which then helps you to lift glass panels safely and effectively. Without the handles on any suction cups, they would be functionless and extremely difficult to operate.


How Do They Work?

They are pretty simple to operate - all you have to do to operate a suction cup is push the handle to create the vacuum in order to lift the glass. Once the air has been sucked up by the suction cups, the pressure rises causing the suction cup to stick to the surface and become one with the load. This vacuum is what allows for so much weight to be carried by it.

The carrying capacity of each glass lifting handle is dependent on the type, size and the number of suction cups you have attached to the glass or whichever panel of material you are manoeuvring. A typical and safe working load for manually operated suction lifters range from 10kg to 60kg per lifter. They work best against a very flat smooth surface to create the best suction against these smooth surfaces.

Hoist glass lifters can lift anywhere between 1 to 50 suction cups and can lift well in excess of 1000kg.


Can I Use Lifting Handles to Lift Other Materials?

Many glass lifting handles are still suitable for the lifting of any other non-porous materials such as glass, auto glass, sheet metal, tiles, and flat panels. Some lifters are even designed to be suitable to lift slightly curved or texture surfaces, but be sure to check your suction lifter model to make sure you can do this before you attempt it to prevent any broken or damaged materials.

Read more here on the equipment for lifting glass to high places.


Things to Be Cautious of

Rougher textures can be trickier for the suction cups to stick to as they are more likely to struggle to create a strong suction. Although some glass lifters are designed to tolerate uneven surfaces, this is all dependent on the model.

Another thing to consider and be aware of is possible suction marks that the suction cups can leave behind when stuck on for long periods of time. Minor stains such as these can be due to chemicals in the suction cups.

If you do so happen to experience suction cup marks on your glass windows for example, then do not worry. With exposure to the normal elements and washing, the suction cup marks will eventually disappear. If you cannot wait for the marks to disappear then can be minimised or removed by using a glass polishing agent to help get rid of the marks.

Check our website for all the tools we stock to make your glass lifting jobs as seamless and effortless as possible, by removing the strain from manual handling with our leading range of glass vacuum systems.

Whatever your needs might be, we offer over 40 different types of vacuum lifters including, glass suction lifters, strong suction cups, woods lifters and others available, so whether you are looking to lift glass, metal, or woods, we will have the right tools to help you succeed. It is worth noting that some of our equipment is available to hire too. This is useful for those in the industry that don’t need to purchase a certain piece of equipment because they don’t intend of using it forever.

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