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20th Nov 2014


Small improvements to an existing product can sometimes be as useful to the market as introducing a completely new product.

Just look at the 3832 drawer slide.

The 3832 has been around for many years and can be found across the world in many applications. Accuride’s continual re-invention of the slide has made it a best seller, and probably the most copied.

This versatile slide is what most cabinet makers would consider a ‘standard’. It has a 12.7mm thickness (½ inch), is compatible with both 32mm and traditional hole patterns, and can take loads up to 45kg, making it a good all-rounder for cabinet drawers where a side mounted slide is needed.

Breathing tabs

The first development was the addition of breathing tabs on the cabinet member. These seem pretty ordinary now, but this was an important first step in the evolution of the 3832.

The space between the cabinet and drawer is critical when fitting slides. This need for precision can make life difficult for woodworkers. So some of the fixing holes are located on a ‘breathing tab’; a small tongue of metal with a U slot around it. Because of the slot, the tip of the tongue can bend a bit out of the plane of the rest of the metal. That is, the cabinet member can pull away from the cabinet wall, just a little, to help absorb those tricky tolerances.

Disconnect

All 3832 slides include an integral quick release lever so that the user can separate the slide into the cabinet and drawer member.

This feature has two distinct advantages. The first is for the fitter. Being able to separate the parts of the slide and fit them individually onto the cabinet chassis and drawer makes the job a simple one.

Secondly, once installed, the disconnect lever is used to take the drawer out of the cabinet and put it back again without the need for tools; perhaps a benefit for the user rather than the cabinet maker.

If you are looking for user-friendly improvement, then the introduction of the cam adjuster is a perfect example.

The Cam Drawer Adjust offers installers a simple, yet precise mechanism for vertical drawer adjustment. The cam mechanism alters the vertical position of drawers by up to 4.8mm and is located at the front of the slide for easy access. It’s as simple as inserting a screwdriver and turning the mechanism to the left or right to provide the proper adjustment.

Detents are methods of holding a slide in or out without locking them.

This may seem rather simple, but it is important that the slides are held in position – you don’t want the drawers bouncing open once closed and all 3832 slides have hold-in.

Hold-out (3832DO)

The hold-out is equally important for applications such as pull out keyboard shelves, when you would need it to stay open during use.

Soft-close (3832EC)

A dampened, soft-closing drawer just feels good and this one is side mounted, rather than the usual under-mount slide used in kitchen drawers.

Self-closing (3832SC/HDSC)

Our self-closing slides ensure drawers come to a close and stay closed, keeping things looking neat and tidy. There are two options; a standard self-close and a heavier duty version, which is ideal for mobile applications such as trolley drawers.

Touch-release (3832TR/HDTR)

If you like the look of simple, clean drawer fronts or need to design for those who have difficulty grasping knobs or handles, then our touch-release products are the answer. A gentle press on the drawer front releases the drawer and propels it outward about 45mm.

Clip on brackets

More fitting options are available through the use of clip on brackets, allowing both bottom and platform mounting. These can be fitted to the standard 3832 plus DO and SC/HDSC versions from length 35cm.

3832 finish options

Zinc White Black
3832 & 3832DH 3832 3832
3832DO
3832SC 3832SC 3832SC
3832HDSC
3832TR 3832TR 3832TR
3832HDTR
3832EC 3832EC
3832EL
Brackets 633xx Brackets 633xx Brackets 633xx


27th Oct 2014


Accuride slide material samples are subjected to salt spray testing according to the ASTM B117-07 standard and evaluation per B-633-07a (requirements for electrodeposited zinc coatings).

The following product prefixes denote the level of corrosion resistance according to the tested samples:

DZ – commercial plating: no white rust is allowed on tested parts after 12 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

DH – higher resistant plating: less than 5% white rust is allowed over tested parts after 96 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

DB – commercial black plating: no white rust is allowed over tested parts after 96 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

DP – passivate high resistance plating: less than 5% white rust is allowed over tested parts after 500 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

If you need further help please contact us by emailing [email protected] or call your local Accuride office.

John Whittlesea

How can I fit drawer slides so that they line up and work properly?

Author: John Whittlesea, Technical support manager


29th Sep 2014


The main thing is to get the slides parallel. Your project needs to be perfectly square and parallel - this makes life easier for measuring. In other words, take care to build cabinets and drawer boxes as accurately as possible.

The other issue is side space; the space between the cabinet and drawer where the slide will be fitted. This must be constant and parallel, and just larger than the width of the slide, usually by +0.2 mm to +0.5 mm.

Getting the slides in the correct position and level can be a challenge, especially if you’re working on a fully assembled unit from the inside and at the back of a cabinet. Accurately pre-drilling the panels before assembly can eliminate this issue, but accuracy of manufacture and assembly is the key to a successful build.

Using slides that have a disconnect feature, such as the 3832 series (illustrated), will allow the slide to be disassembled to separate the cabinet and drawer members. The part (outer member) that fits to the cabinet can then be easily fitted to the cabinet and the part (inner member) that fits to the drawer can be easily fitted in its correct position.



Illustration 1 shows the 3832 disconnect lever.

Mark the position of the slides on the inside of the cabinet and fit using the slotted holes to give a little bit of adjustment. Don’t fully tighten the screws just yet. Set the slide 2mm back from the front of the cabinet edge.


Now fit the inner member to the side of the drawer, either on or just below the centre line for optimum stability. The front of the slide member should be set back 2mm from the front of the drawer.
(The 2mm set back dimension ensures that the drawer front, if fitted, does not hit the slide members, when the unit is closed)



Level up and fix using the round holes and tighten all screws. Some slides have a cam adjuster at the front of the slide to give some up/down adjustment.



When fitting the drawer into the unit it is important that the ball bearing retainer is in the forward position during initial installation. Hold the drawer level and slot the slide members inside each other. Gently push the drawer closed. The ball retainer will start to move to the rear. Continue to push the drawer closed. Open and close fully a few times to ensure that everything is operating correctly.

These directions are for a drawer or moving element with either no front panel or for an overlaid front panel.

If an inset front panel is required, then the setback dimension should be increased by the thickness of the front panel.

Many of our slide series do not have a disconnect feature and consequently installation of these slides can bit a little bit more demanding.

Fitting the slide to the cabinet is almost the same as described above, with the exception that the drawer or moving member is still attached to the fixed member. Access slots are always provided in the slides to allow the installer to fix the slide using all possible fixing points.

Fitting the drawer or moving element to the slide is a task that will employ more hands. The drawer or moving element should be accurately marked up and, if possible, pre drilled to ease assembly.

The slide needs to be pulled open to its full extension to expose all the available fixing points. Again, some of these may only be exposed by virtue of an access slot in the slide member. Fixing screws are then applied to the application in much the same way as described above.

Once the assembly is complete, open and close the application fully a few times, to ensure that everything is operating correctly.

You can download fitting instructions for specific slides from our on-line Document Library.

If you need further help please contact us by emailing [email protected] or call your local Accuride office.


1st Sep 2014


An objective look at the difference between ball bearing slides and roller runners.

In fact they essentially do the same thing; allow a drawer to open and close smoothly.

The answer to which is best really depends on several factors such as budget and what you want to achieve with the slide.

Roller runners are traditionally used for drawers in furniture and are fixed to the bottom edge of the drawer box.

They come with either nylon or steel rollers and provide a reasonably stable movement with either full or partial extension.

Drawer roller runners

Roller runner technology is very simple so they should present no operational problems and are good value for money.

Rollers are normally used in the ‘budget’ furniture ranges, but there are some heavier weight rollers that can be used in other movement applications and where drawer removal is an important requirement, for example tool cabinets.

The roller runners that are made to carry larger loads start to get expensive and are physically larger than the equivalent ball bearing slide.

For: Easy to fit and good value. Allow easy removal and reinsertion of drawers. Quiet.

Against: Rollers for heavier loads are much larger than their equivalent ball bearing slides and can be expensive. Full extension rollers have a tall cross section.

Ball bearing telescopic slides have hard steel balls (sometimes plastic balls for particular applications) that run in profiles.

This gives good lateral stability and the flexibility to make the profiles larger and therefore able to carry heavier loads. They also give part, full and over travel as well as two-way travel.

Parts of a ball bearing telescopic slide

For: Ball bearing telescopic slides come in a very large range of sizes suitable for many applications outside of traditional furniture drawers.

They also have many fixing options including different types of bracket or bayonet lancings. The profiles can be made from heavier gauge steel and can be stacked to give huge load carrying ability.

Ball bearing slides have a much larger range of sizes and load capacities than roller slides. For heavier loads, the ball bearing slide will be smaller and often better value than roller runners.

Against: Can be over-specified, and therefore expensive, for some applications.

If in any doubt you can contact your local Accuride distributor or email our Technical Manager with your questions.

Sue Witkowski

What fixings do you recommend for Accuride telescopic drawer slides?

Author: Sue Witkowski, Marketing services manager


18th Jul 2014


0115RC M4 countersunk screw / 4mm countersunk wood screw
0115RS M5
0201 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
0204 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
0301 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
0305 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
0330 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
0522 M6 screws on the inner extending member, M8 screws on the outer fixed member
1312 M4
2002 M4 screw/4mm wood screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
2026 M4 screw/4mm wood screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
2028 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
2109 Fixing hardware included Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
2132 M4 screw/4mm wood screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
2421 M3 screw/3mm wood screw Max. head. ht.1.8mm/Ø5.6mm
2431 M3 screw/3mm wood screw Max. head. ht.1.8mm/Ø5.6mm
2601 M4 screw/6mm Euro screw/4mm wood screw. Max. head. ht. 2mm/Ø7.8mm
2642 M4 screw/6mm Euro screw/4mm wood screw. Max. head. ht. 2mm/Ø7.8mm
2728 M4 screw/4mm wood screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
2907 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
2907WB M4 button head Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
3031 M4 screw
3301 Fixing hardware included
3301-60 4mm wood screw/6mm Euro screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
3307 Fixing hardware included
3308 Fixing hardware included
3507 M4 screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
3607 Fixing hardware included
3630 M4 screw/4mm wood screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
3732 M4 screw/4mm wood screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
3832 M4 screw/4mm wood screw/6mm Euro screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
4120 M8
4140 M8
4160 M6/M8 screw.
4162 M6/M8 screw.
5321 M5 countersunk/6mm countersunk Euro screw
5322 M5 countersunk/6mm countersunk Euro screw
5343 4mm countersunk woodscrew / 6mm Euro screw
5417 4mm woodscrew/M4 countersunk screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
5517-60 4mm wood screw/6mm Euro screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
7407 M4 screw/4mm wood screw/6mm Euro screw Max. head. ht.2.5mm/Ø9.6mm
7957 M5/M6 countersunk screw
9300 M5/M6 screw/carriage bolt Max. head ht. 4.8mm/Ø 12.7mm

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