The electric power bar is designed to push or skid loads. They’re most commonly used in conjunction with low-profile dollies, mechanical or air skates.
However, they’re one of the most commonly misused and frequently damaged pieces of equipment. Mainly, because loads are often placed on top of the power bar instead of on the two tongues, despite the fact that a warning is embossed on top of the body itself.
Some of the other most common challenges that can arise is that the wheels do not turn, but the motor is running fine. Most likely, this is due to the spur gear and/or electric motor cluster being sheared or damaged. Frequently, the user has not come to a complete stop before switching to the reverse direction. Abrupt stops and starts should always be avoided.
Another issue that can arise is the circuit breaker keeps tripping. This is likely because the electrical cord is too long and/or too thin of a gauge. You should check the electrical cord requirements to ensure the correct extension cord gauge and length is being used. If, however, you have the proper cord and still have issues, you need to ensure that the circuit can output at least 20 amps with no drops. If not, try another circuit.
- Familiarize yourself with the manufacturers use and care manual before any operations begin.
- Ensure that the floor is clean, level, and free of imperfections.
- Be aware that the bar is adjustable for height leverage.
- You should never set a load on top of the body.
- Use the two tongues for loading only.
- Push down on the handle producing enough leverage to get a bite under the load contact point.
- Lastly, the power bar cannot be pulled or be used in reverse while the tongue is under a load.