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What's So Great About a Vacuum Tube Lifter?

Imagine working a twelve hours shift in a fast-paced factory setting. All day long, you lift products to fill customer orders. Eventually, this would take a toll on your body and your mind. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a device that made this job easier? Well, there is. It is called a vacuum tube lifter.

A vacuum tube lifter is a machine designed to lift heavy or awkward objects. It works by engaging a pump that establishes a vacuum in an air reservoir. Here, the air reservoir is housed in a pneumatic chamber in a hollow tube.

When the device is engaged, it creates a vacuum seal between a suction pad and the object being lifted. The operator can easily lift objects many times their weight and easily move them by steering the vacuum tube lifter along a ceiling mounted track or by driving a vehicle to which the lifter is attached. Commonly these lifts are hooked to a crane or similar vehicle.

The easy, push button, one step operation makes training employees a breeze. Smaller employees can do the work of larger teams, because of the single operator design of the lifter. These devices are becoming more commonplace in factories, manufacturing firms, and shipping facilities.

How would your business benefit from a vacuum tube lifter?

There are several benefits to using a device such as a vacuum tube lifter. Increased productivity, fewer worker accidents and claims reports, and improved customer relations are all possible by installing a vacuum tube lifter at your place of business.

Increased productivity

Production will increase two-fold because one employee will do the work that previously required two or more workers. Using the vacuum lift to move materials is also much faster than manual labor. Rather than wrapping chains or slings around objects, the worker simply steers the device into place above the material and pushes a button to activate it. This frees up time for more material relocation, and frees up additional workers to do other jobs.

One place vacuum tube lifters are making a big difference is construction and demolition sites. Large building components, concrete debris, roofing metal, and decorative sculptures and boulders can be moved by a single worker using a vacuum lifter. There is no need to have a crew climb onto a trailer to wrap an object in chains or ropes, which can slip or break.

Fewer worker injury claims

The suction vacuum tube lifter makes jobs safer. The powerful, secure suction pad forms a strong and long-lasting bond. No more worries about loads shifting or chains and ropes breaking. The lifter also eliminates the need to have tagline workers walk alongside the material as it is transported. The machine does all the work. There is no need to have workers on the ground and in danger.

Improved customer relations

As productivity and worker moral goes up, customer relations will also rise. You will be able to gain more customers because you will have more workers available to handle materials. Easier working conditions and fewer injuries will also raise worker moral.

Prices of Vacuum Tube Lifters

Prices can vary from a few hundred dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars, depending on the type of vacuum tube lifter you invest in. Industrial, ceiling track mounted units can easily cost nearly a quarter million dollars. Attachments that fit the hydraulic hoses of forklifts and cranes can range from $5,000 to $25,000. Variables since as size of the lift, the number of pads, and the payload capacity greatly affect the prices.

Applications and uses

Vacuum tube lifters can be used in manufacturing factories, building sites, concrete molding facilities, and shipping warehouses. The pads come in different sizes, shapes, and configurations and can be used on steel, concrete, glass, tile, metal roofing panels, building panels, countertops, and landscaping features such as fountains and statues.

Is there a smaller option?

Not every job requires a vacuum tube lifter, and not every business can afford to buy one. For this reason, there are smaller, handheld units available. These portable, battery-operated devices fit easily in a toolbox and do almost everything a large vacuum lifter can do.


GRABO Nemo Vacuum Lifter

GRABO Nemo is an electronic vacuum suction cup lifter. Designed for use on a variety of smooth and porous materials, the GRABO Nemo can lift up to 375 pounds of ceramic, glass, or stone tile. Now you can easily lift and carry that piece of tile, drywall, or glass with one hand and set it into place with minimal handling.  

Multiple Surface Applications

The GRABO Nemo has such staying power that it can lift sheets of stone and countertop. The secret is the replaceable, air-tight seal that forms the bond between the product and the surface.

How many times have you tried to use your manual suction cup lifter on a rough piece of tile or stone? Perhaps it held for a few minutes before letting go, or maybe it didn’t even adhere at all. You won’t have that problem with the GRABO. The unique design and the powerful suction vacuum allow the GRABO to grip textured surfaces easily.

The device weighs just 3.3 pounds, with the battery in place. The ergonomic handle fits comfortably in the hand. The vacuum provides 11.6 psi of suction on most smooth surfaces, and the specially designed pads will not mar surfaces.  

The 14.8V Lithium-Ion battery charges in just two hours and holds a charge for 1.5 hours on non-stop running. Nemo Power tools offers a one-year inclusive warranty and provides exchange or service in the case of a faulty product.

The GRABO is a professional contractor’s tool and sold through flooring and building supplies retailers across the world. Be sure to ask your retailer if they have the GRABO in stock. For more information, visit www.grabo.com.





What's So Great About a Vacuum Tube Lifter?