Slideology 101: The Art of the Disconnect

Disconnecting an Accuride slide can be as simple as pulling a drawer out. We design these slides with you in mind. If you need to remove a drawer, you can do it hassle-free. We have a variety of disconnect methods that will fit virtually any design with ease.

Why the different methods? That variety accommodates the preferences of different builders and end-users.

Let’s look at the four types of disconnect methods:

Friction Disconnect

The friction method is simple. To separate the drawer from the cabinet, all you have to do is pull the drawer far enough and the slides will disconnect. There will be some resistance from the ball retainers at the end, but that is by design. (Otherwise, the drawer would just fall out.) This easy disconnect method makes it suitable for slides with load ratings under 50 lbs., such as those in bathroom and small tool drawers.

Friction Disconnect Image - Accuride Intl
Lever Disconnect

Lever Disconnect

Our lever disconnect is the most resilient method. Simply push up or down on a spring-loaded lever on the slide’s inner member to disconnect. The lever disconnect is available with lock-out or stop-out features, which are useful for pull-out trays in workstations. You can find the lever disconnect on many of our slides, including our ever-popular 3800 Series.

Push Latch Disconnect

The push latch method is simple: You push a button that triggers a latch and disconnects the slide’s drawer (inner) member from the cabinet (outer) member. The 3732, a full-extension slide popular in office storage applications, uses the push latch disconnect.

Push Latch Disconnect
Rail Disconnect

Rail Disconnect

The rail disconnect method attaches and detaches all slide members, making for especially simple removal. Available with or without a latch, rail disconnect slides commonly feature over-travel for full access to the drawer’s contents. You can often find rail disconnect slides in retail furniture, such as display cases.

This concludes our first installment of Slideology 101. Be sure to stay tuned for more installments coming soon. In the meantime, click below to see our video on the different disconnect methods.

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March 9th, 2017|Categories: Slideology|Tags: , |