Changing Times….Changing Products

Changing Times….Changing Products

by Michael Della Polla, President, Saw Trax Mfg. Co., Inc.

As markets change, products need to change with them. A nimble business like Saw Trax is flexible enough to adapt. The original yel-Low Safety Dolly is ideal for store use because of the small foot print, high capacity, incredible maneuverability and ease of loading. As consumers mail order items more and more, adapting products to a warehouse environment is called for.

For warehouses use, a dolly needs greater capacity. It needs the ability to transition over dock plates and into trucks. As warehouses grow, dollies also need the ability to be moved by forklifts or pallet jacks over long distances.

The Scoop Dolly is a new piece of equipment that allows one person to move large bulk items without picking them up.  It works like a tilting hand truck attached to a fixed dolly.  Unlike tilting “A” frame type carriers, just the scoop section or hand truck section tilts, not the entire cart.

This design makes it much easier to for one person to load an item. It also allows the angle of the scoop to be changed to allow for different dimension materials to be carried. For instance, a 20-inch staircase can be carried which has a low center of gravity and an 8-foot-high Quad Door frame set can be carried on the same dolly simply by adjusting the angle of the scoop while titled back on the dolly.

A second benefit of this design is the caster last longer. The tilting A frame dollies use an all caster design like ours. Casters are designed to be used flat. They use encased ball bearings to allow the wheel to spin.

When you take the caster, and tilt it and put a heavy load on it, the encased ball bearing mechanism is stressed and the ball bearings come out of the caster making the entire device useless. By keeping the dolly part of the Scoop Dolly flat on the ground, our users don’t have this issue of broken caster or casters wearing out pre-maturely.

Another new dolly is the EPJ (Electronic Pallet Jack) dolly. It is designed to be used with Electronic Pallet Jacks. It consists of 2 or more attached raised safety dollies. These dollies can be attached on the 30-inch side or the 25-inch side. It uses the same post system of the standard yel-Low Safety Dolly. What sets it apart is are the “Pallet Jack Brackets” on opposite sides. These brackets are designed to allow the forks of an EPJ to go through so the dolly does not move on the jack when transported. With top heavy loads, this is critical. What is unique about the design is that these brackets can float up when transitioning dock plates for truck use. A center wheel in the dolly also facilitates the dolly going over dock transition plates into trucks.

For more information on both dollies, see this informative video.

https://vimeo.com/231803492

For more information on Saw Trax and our products, you can contact us at (888) 729-8729.

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Necessity is the mother of the Scoop Dolly

Press Release, Kennesaw GA, August 21, 2017

by Mike Della Polla, President, Saw Trax Mfg. Co., Inc.

As the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention”, said the founder of Saw Trax Mfg. Inc. a vertical panel saw manufacturing company. They needed a way to move the long, top heavy crated panel saws around the factory and into the freight trucks.

Moving a long top-heavy object with a forklift is a difficult and dangerous process. The panel saws are over 10 feet long and 500 lbs. Some need special trucks with extra high freight doors for some models. Besides a forklift driver, a man had to walk in front to stabilize the panel saw crate so it didn’t fall over.

By marrying a lifting and pivoting mechanism to their yel-Low Dolly, Saw Trax could make the Scoop Dolly. The Scoop Dolly is like a pivoting hand truck mounted to a dolly so the load can move in any direction. The arms of the scoop are supported when tilted by 2 support arms that can be placed in 4 bracing positions allowing to change the angle of the scoop to keep the center of gravity of an item over the dolly. This way you can carry a 3-foot-high set of stairs or an 8-foot-high door or window group by adjusting the support arms.

“Our insurance agent told us that we should show the scoop dolly to a couple of his staircase manufacturing clients” said Michael Della Polla, the President of Saw Trax.  “We would have never thought of the staircase manufacturing industry. The first two companies we showed the Scoop Dolly to bought it as soon as we demonstrated it. They told us it turned a four-man job of moving a staircase, into a one-man job.”

Later that month, it was demonstrated it to a door and window manufacturer. “When I saw the gathering of workers starting to smile from ear to ear, I knew we had a winner for the door/window industry,” said Mr. Della Polla.

The all steel and powder coated Scoop Dolly starts at $799. You can get an optional dock transition kit for $99.95 and a brake set for $109.95. A leverage handle is also available for moving large boxes that are not so top heavy like furniture. This handle is a $300 upgrade.

Compared to a forklift moving top heavy objects, the Scoop Dolly is much faster to load, faster to move and faster to unload. It also makes the job much safer.

For more information on the Scoop Dolly and other innovative dolly options contact Saw Trax Mfg. at info@sawtrax.com or 888-SAW-TRAX.

 

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Innovative blade design allows flute cutting of 10 mil Coro

Most everyone in the sign industry dealing with Coro, owns or has seen a flute knife or flute “cutter”.

These handy little additions make cutting in the flute direction of coro, such as Coroplasttm , idiot proof. They also give one the opportunity to score cut the coro to make bends or wrap around prints.

The way these cutters work is simple. They have two prongs connected to a blade which is connected to a handle. The prongs are slid into the flute of the coro and are used as a guide for the blade. The outside prong is used for scoring. The inside prong is used for cutting.

The most popular brand or these flute knives is called the Coro-Clawtm from Saw Trax Mfg. Inc.

In the US, the most popular sizes of coro are 4 mil and 10 mil. The 4 mil was pretty simple to cut because of the thin side walls. The 10 mil was close to impossible to cut with a hand held cutter because the thicker side walls would close on the blade creating tremendous resistance.

What was needed was a simple hand held cutter like the Coro-Clawtm but for 10 mil material.

Enter the Coro-Clawtm X. As you know, X is the Roman symbol for 10.

What is innovative about the Coro-Clawtm X is that it solved the problem of the thicker flute wall closing on the blade. It does this by beveling the cutting blade on either side of the guide prong. This way, the blade separates the side walls allowing them to move up or down away from the blade and not squeeze the blade. By doing opposite bevels on either side of the blade, the cut is made in the center of the flute.

A second innovations with the Coro-Clawtm X is that the blade is angled instead of being at a 90 degree to the material. This angle, like a Guillotine blade, makes it easier to slice the material.

The third innovation with the blade is that the cutting edges are offset so the top side wall and bottom side wall are not being cut at the same time as you start your cut. This makes for easier blade entry.

The final innovation with this flute cutter is that it has replaceable cutting heads. This way you reuse the handle saving the user money.

This blade is a patented.

Price on the Coro-Clawtm X is $31.95. A two pack of replacement heads are $39.95.

For a streaming video link view https://vimeo.com/98161897

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Forklift compatible? Read on!

Saw Trax is developing an addition to the yel-Low Safety Dolly for distribution centers that want to brace items vertically on a dolly and move them a distance with a forklift or Electric Pallet Jack. Since some distribution centers are over 1,000.000+ square feet, it is not practical to push the dolly long distances when a mechanized option saves time.  This version can be picked up with a forklift, maneuvered close to an item,  load the item (or two), then moved  again with the forklift, dropped off at a dock and then rolled into a truck.  Dollies can be bolted together to increase capacity per trip using the same post system to brace materials during transport.

The horizontal fork posts can be removed when not in use and stored vertically on the dolly saving floor space or permanently mounted to the sides.

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New Wheeled Posts for yel-Low Safety Dolly and MovePro Moving Dolly.

In refining the MovePro wheeled post system, we have made a number of improvements that also apply to the yel-Low Safety Dolly.

First we are using the 3″ heavy duty casters used on the  Rack & Roll Safety Dolly.  These have a foot operated locking stem and wheel brake.  Their weight capacity is over 400 lbs. for each caster.

The second innovation  is the pin system used to hold the caster on the post and lock the post to the dolly.  In the past, we used a steel quick release pin.  These pins would be inserted either through the post or through the bracket holding the wheel to hold the wheel onto the post.

Now we have moved to a quick release button connector that is internal to the posts.  The advantage of the new quick release button is that it is faster to use and you don’t need to keep track of the pins used previously.

  This is the button through the post that would lock the post to the dolly.

The posts used horizontally can more than double the horizontal holding capacity of the dollies.  See the pictures below.

This is the old version with pins and different wheels.

 

 

To see how the posts attach, click here.

At at a trade show, instead of waiting hours for a pallet or crates, we can pack our entire booth onto one of these Safety Dollies.  It is easy to store in the booth and takes no time to set it up.  It gives us the option of rolling it out ourselves or putting a sticker on it and having the freight truck take it home.

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First Hypoid Heavy Duty Panel Saw Introduced at IWF 2016

Hypoid, Heavy-Duty, Panel Saw Takes the Place of High Maintenance Worm Drive Saws

If a cabinet shop, a solid surface shop, or a home center store needed a panel saw for heavy duty use, they have traditionally turned to one that used a worm drive motor. These motors use a geared down drive mechanism turning at a slower RPM than a sidewinder saw but has more torque. So with a high cut load, a hard material to cut like man-made counter tops or hard plastics, the worm drive saw was called upon for the job.

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Sign Maker Panel Saw on Display at the NBM Show!

Saw Trax will be exhibiting this week in Booth 138 at the NBM Long Beach Show  in  California. THE NBM B.I.G. SHOW is the place for top industry manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their product lines and services. This is the perfect opportunity for those on the west cost to come view a demo of our Sign Maker’s Panel Saw. We will be showcasing both compact and full size panel saws at out booth during the show. See you there!

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Saw Trax Scoop Dolly

What happens when you marry the tongue mechanism of a hand truck to the mobility of a dolly? You get the Saw Trax Scoop Dolly that easily moves bulk items anywhere.

For years hand trucks have been used for movement of merchandise. They use a tongue that slips under an object. The object is then tilted back and rolled on 2 connected wheels. The limitation has been when an object is very wide, moving it with a hand truck becomes impractical because of the size of the path needed to move it.

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Prototyping a stack-able dolly system

One of our customers wants to be able to stack the dollies without using a pallet rack system. In an effort to accommodate this customer, we have prototyped a stackable rack system that has 3 heights. The varying height would accommodate various mattress sizes. The idea would be to stack the dollies using a forklift. The top dolly would use extra horizontal posts for the forks of the forklift to easily go under and lift. We are planning on a 300 lb. limit for the top dolly.

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