Lifting Gear Hire Corp. recently added air skate systems to its rental fleet. Air skates move heavy loads on a thin cushion of air and are available in sets of either four or six.
Air skates lower the coefficient of friction near 1 percent, allowing one person to move up to 5,000 pounds on a smooth, flat floor. The air skate system uses a manifold that individually controls the air flow to each specially designed air skid, helping the load travel slowly and evenly. Air skate systems can also achieve 360 degrees of rotation versus machine skate applications. Air skate systems are available for rent in capacities ranging from 15,000 up to 540,000 pounds.
Bridgeview, Ill.-based Lifting Gear Hire Corp. specializes in lifting and moving equipment for rent and sale. It is No. 65 on the RER 100.