The Many Uses Of Lead Counterweights
The most commonly considered application for lead counterweights, at least for many people, is in the bridge building industry. Lead, with its high density to size ratio, makes it a perfect choice for this type of use.
However, there are many other applications for lead counterweights as well. They can be used in both small and large equipment, devices and components to provide the offsetting weight for movement and operation. Other types of systems and applications which require counterweights include electric and motorized forklifts, elevators, float counterweights, and even in NASCAR vehicles as ballast counterweights.
The Benefits of Lead
Lead offers several benefits in addition to its density. Lead is approximately 31% denser than steel, which means smaller counterweights are possible. While there are more dense options, such as tungsten, the low cost of lead makes it the best option for most applications.
Another selling feature for lead counterweights is the ease of casting. This allows for unique or complex shapes to be created to fit into specific locations in equipment or systems. With the low melting point of lead, it is less costly to cast, which means a lower cost final counterweight.
To offset the potential safety issues of untreated lead, the counterweights can be painted or powder coated. This eliminates any concern with lead dust or contamination in or around the equipment or for the application. The powder coating option provides a highly durable and long-lasting coating which can also be customized to work with any equipment, bridge system or use requirement.
Working With Lead Fabricators
In the design phase of the counterweight, it is highly recommended to consult with a top lead fabricator. This will ensure the design is the most effective and the lowest cost possible given the requirements for the counterweight.
Often these fabrication companies are able to provide suggestions or options in designing the counterweight to assist in the best possible design for the project.