Flexi rack and 80lb amplifier?

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  1. Todd_Michael_R

    Todd_Michael_R Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey all:

    I'm thinking of purchasing a Sherbourn 5/1500A amp and it weighs a hefty 80lbs! I just finished some Flexi racks for my HT (pics coming soon!) and was wondering if the bottom shelf of either of them would hold the amp.

    In doing a search, I found a discussion that noted 1/4" MDF will start to sag eventually when holding anything over 50lbs. This assumed a 22" span of the supports, IIRC. My 1/4" MDF shelves are 16"H x 24"W and supported by 4 5/8" all-thread posts. The bottom shelf, where the amp would live, is about 2.5" from the ground, if that matters.

    Should I worry about the weight of this amp on my flexi rack?

    TIA

    Todd
     
  2. Robert_Gaither

    Robert_Gaither Screenwriter

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    Cosmetics aside (the shelf will sag eventually imho unless you add a middle support leg), it shouldn't hurt too much for the simple fact that most likely you have muliple shelves and these should keep the rack together (ie, not splitting apart) for the most part. Just simply either cut out a dowel or small stud (more flexible and adjustable) and stick it near the middle of the shelf/bottom should solve the trick.
     
  3. Ryan Schnacke

    Ryan Schnacke Supporting Actor

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    1/4 inch? Are you really using only 1/4 inch thick MDF? Surely you meant 3/4 inch, right?
     
  4. I hope so too! 1/4 in will flex with most equipment....I shiver at 80lb's on it!

    remember, you can always use thicker shelving with a flexie...a 1' shelf, or 1.5" shelf (3/4x2).
     
  5. Todd_Michael_R

    Todd_Michael_R Stunt Coordinator

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    LOL!!! Yes I am using *3/4* inch MDF! My bad. Can you imagine otherwise?!? Hehehehe...that would be funny. On second thought, no it wouldn't. [​IMG]
    Thanks for the advice to all, btw.
    Todd
     

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