It’s High Noon Partner With Our Pistol Grip Vibrator

Glen Roberts

Over the course of 90 plus years, the Cleveland Vibrators developed several types of portable air piston vibrators. Some have long since ridden off into the sunset and some are still used today but with far less sales than the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The Pistol Grip vibrator was one of those hand held units from late 60’s to early 70’s that was successfully developed mainly because a customer said, “I need this and if you build it we will buy it.” Cleveland Vibrator did build it and they did buy it but it turned out to be one of those limited edition models with a higher price tag so folks used other more standard units for basically the same application. This was a precast concrete form application and the customers would walk around and place the vibrator against the form at  selected spots to mainly settle the concrete and remove air bubbles which would generate a better finished product. The main feature of this unit was the ability to carry it in your hand and not have it vibrate until you squeezed the trigger. Plus the handle had a rubber grip helping to isolate the vibration force from the operator. From spending several years in Cleveland Vibrator’s air assembly area and testing thousands of vibrators, I can attest to the effects of vibration forces on you hands, arms, elbows and shoulders. This was a nice little vibrator but just like the little Rambler Nash Car of that era we just didn’t have enough interest  in it to continue production. The basic body-piston design is still used today in our 1 1/4″ SAEP and UH vibrators. Especially in the burial vault business, they weld a Cleveland Vibrator UH-F bracket to the steel forms and our UH vibrator comes with a stud to hold the vibrator and vibrate the form. Now with that said, I still see folks take the vibrator and hold it against and also slide it along the steel form to improve the finish. It’s not as cool as our Pistol Grip unit, but it works.

For sure if an product is a portable unit, it doesn’t always mean it’s a hand held unit. Back in the day, we used to and every once in a while still do supply a 2 1/2″, 3″, 3 1/2″, 4″ and 5″PH and F-LSH foundry vibrator used to clean out large flasks, and stubborn cores from intricate castings. The were basically portable units with heavy duty cast hooks which hangs over the edge of the flask making the cleanout a fairly quick process. Some are too heavy to be picked up by hand but are portable just in the fact the simple drop over the edge of the flask. Most of these are being phased out as foundries change their process or sadly close their doors forever. Our main line of portables for several years beside the UH vibrators is our rail car vibrators that we offer in four sizes from 2″ thru our 1400 VMRR vibrators which simply drop in a LSRR/FS or LSRR/FL brackets. The larger sizes can also be difficult to pick up and move but without requiring fasteners they are considered portable unit. We recently  introduced a Vacuum Mount Unit in several sizes that only required a clean flat surface and air line to mount. This is a wonderful addition to our product line and works  in areas that don’t have the mounting brackets or such as aluminum railcars or trucks. You can review Cleveland Vibrator’s complete line of portables on our website at www.clevelandvibrator.com . Portable units are very important in the material handling business and we feel we have a portable unit that fits most applications. Okay it’s “HIGH NOON” or Gary Cooper Time as I like to say, and I hope this shows in some measure a little bit of our history to now on portable vibrators.

 

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