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AIRBAG JACKS


MATJACK AIR BAG JACKS
POWER TEAM AIR BAG JACKS
SIMPLEX AIR BAG JACKS
As thin as 1 inch, capacities to 70 tons...
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...and lifting strokes as high as 20 inches - WOW!

Faced with the demand for a very low height tool that could operate quickly and lift heavy loads with a substantial lifting stroke the jacking component engineers put their collective heads together and came up with a, drum roll please - Balloon!

Well, not quite exactly that. Let's call it a very sophisticated balloon, or, as they have come to be known - AIRBAG JACKS.

They deliver on all three demands put to them - Extremely low height (An inch or less), quick (The largest bags inflate fully in less than a minute) and capable of lifting large loads (Up to 74 tons individually, more if ganged together).

The bags are made of bonded neoprene using aramid construction that has proven its' durability in laboratory testing showing that the jacks can withstand thousands of inflate/deflate cylcles at 116 psi and keep coming back for more! (Who'd of thunk it?!)

The light weight bags handle off center, side-loads very well along with uneven surfaces. Plus, they are completely NON-CONDUCTIVE in dangerous electrical environments. Their non-skid surfaces keep them where they are put and they can even be powered by CGA-580 Nitrogen/Argon/Helium bottles.

Currently the jacks have found a home in many diverse fields - Mining, Modular Building Industry, Heavy Machinery Movers, Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Electric Bus Maintenance, Gas & Oil Pipeline Builders with more ideas coming along every day.


The BIG Catch...


The single biggest drawback to AirBag Jacks is that they lose their lifting power/ability as they expand - less surface area is contacting the ground and the load. What this means is - A bag rated at 34 Tons inflated to about 3 inches will only lift 30 Tons, inflated to about 5 inches will only lift 25 Tons and inflated to about 9 inches will only lift 15 Tons.
Note the sample chart...
Air Bag Capacity Chart

At first glance this may seem like a tremendous complication, but as application engineers all over the world are finding out - You can work with it...
First off, look over the chart from a standpoint of what you NEED to do - How much weight do you need to lift and how far. Find where these points intersect on the chart THEN look at the AirBag Capacity LAST.
For example:
If you have to move 40,000 pounds 6 inches your best bet is the 34 Ton model. Like this....
Air Bag Capacity Chart
Another way around the problem is cribbing.
Everyday thousands of people are pumping hydraulic jacks through miles and miles of dead air before the load contact point is reached. Without too much effort AirBag Jacks can be shimmed, cribbed or in some way brought closer to the load so less dead air jacking is needed before contacting the load like these examples...
This Modular Home Builder sets his AirBag Jacks on an equipment dolley.
Air Bag Example
Here a 'Live' Polaris Rocket Motor is gently positioned for transport/assembly. Note the cribbing set underneath the AirBag Jacks...
Air Bag Example
Here, in a very unique application AirBag Jacks are helping to 'Turn' a slab in a limestone quarry. After the slab begins moving more bags can be slipped lower into the crack and provide more force as the inflated bags begin to lose their capacity. The company is saving both time and money with less waste, less manpower and faster jacking ability.
Air Bag Example
Finally, here AirBag Jacks are merely doubled up to get the lift and capacity needed to lift an open pit mining vehicle for maintenance. Once again, note the simple cribbing used to save wasted inches of jack travel...
Air Bag Example

The three 'Players' in the AirBag Jack field are MATJACK, POWER TEAM & SIMPLEX.
All are well respected companies that fully test and stand behind the products they sell, but we give our nod to MATJACK for value and availability.

You can check out their individual specifications here...

MATJACK AIR BAG JACKS
POWER TEAM AIR BAG JACKS
SIMPLEX AIR BAG JACKS

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