Some manufacturers still continue to try and sell cable lift bifold doors - cable doors that not only require frequent maintenance due to fraying, breaking and overwrapping, but which also open much slower, are hard to adjust, are not as safe as straps, and are noisier then liftstrap doors.
Schweiss Doors is introducing an all-strap bifold door! Straps do the lifting and now straps do the latching too! It doesn't get any better than an all-strap door. The sim- plicity of the new latch strap is truly amazing! Schweiss did away with all the cables, chains, sprockets and pulleys; and it now has 90 percent less moving parts. This is a real game changer in the bifold door world! It doesn't get any better than an all‑strap door.
" Schweiss can convert any
cable bifold door to a
'Lift Strap' bifold door. "
" We were having some trouble
with frayed cables.
I'd recommend liftstraps to anyone. "
" I do like the liftstraps. They're
a lot less maintenance,
faster and quieter. "
"We also like the convenience of
the liftstraps being faster than
the old cables on our door."
"The straps run the door up
faster and safer and I like the
"The decision to get liftstraps on my
bifold door was more of a safety
issue for me."
"We're having zero problems
now with the liftstraps."
"A lot of guys are coming to look at our
door. I'm sure you'll be selling more Lift
Straps, we like'em!"
"I can't say enough about your
liftstraps, I wish I'd done it
Bifold Doors have been around for years, but thanks to Schweiss Doors foresight, they are 100 times better now! Calls are coming in from owners of all styles of cable doors asking:
"Can you convert our cable lift doors to the 'Schweiss liftstraps and autolatches?"
That's a strong statement! No matter the make, model or manufacturer of the door they own, they can see the obvious: Schweiss Liftstrap Bifold doors are a safer, faster, and better solution than cable doors.
Ninety-nine percent of Schweiss bifold door customers are now demanding the stronger, patented polyester lift straps. For years, bifold doors were lifted and lowered by the slow and unsafe conventional means of outdated steel cables, that have a tendency to fray, overwrap, and break.
Schweiss did away with all the cables, chains, sprockets and pulleys; and it now has 90 percent less moving parts. This is a real game changer in the bifod door world!
It doesn't get any better than an all-strap door.
This is what every door owner wants and needs. Unlike other latch mechanisms, the new design will firmly hold the door against your building in all positions; securing the door when open/partially open and will firmly lock the door when closed.
It will offer added protection from wind gusts
while the door is in any position during
90% Less Moving Parts
NOW STRAPS DO ALL THE LATCHING
" The concept is so simple... I can't believe we haven't thought of this before! "
WON'T USE WOOD ON
SCHWEISS is the only manufacturer to offer hinges that can be greased from underneath the door without removing the top weather seal.
The hinge makes the door ... so it had better be STRONG! Schweiss provides the strongest hinges with wrap-around brackets for extra strength. Grease zerks on every hinge, and removable hinge pins ... unlike others who weld a shaft to the hinge assembly.
Strongest Doorframe on the Market!
Schweiss Will Not Use Wood
They're powerful, PLUS smooth-operating pumps... These are THE most efficient pumps, with standard motors designed ready to lift any size door, at any time, all the time! This system was absolutely designed for quiet, fast and smooth operation!
Easy To Install !
Imagine waking up to this knowing that you won't be able to get your aircraft out of the hangar. This inferior "other brand" hydraulic 74' x 19' Florida hangar door literally fell off its hinges and had to be sent to the junk heap. It was replaced with a Schweiss hydraulic door.
NOT A SCHWEISS DOOR!
Imagine walking out to your hangar to take in an important business meeting or family vacation and your big 74’ door is twisted and lying on the ground. A Florida airport manager experienced this shocking revelation.
“It looked like the top hinges broke off starting with a structural failure at one corner which created a domino effect halfway across to the side of the building. There were several planes in the hangar at the time, but they thankfully weren’t damaged. This calamity put the hangar out of operation for four months. We chopped up the door and threw it away. It wasn't good for anything else; it was just nothin' but a hunk of junk metal sitting there. It wasn't even an old door; it was installed in 2010. I think the company that built it is now out of business or operating under a different business name.”
- Tom Vaughan
Florida airport manager
This was a perfect case that emphasizes the need for hydraulic or bifold door buyers to do their homework on why some manufacturers doors and door components are superior to others. A “Brand X, company, now out of business” sold and installed a 74’ x 19’ hydraulic door at Airglades Municipal Airport in Florida that went to the ground due to inferior hinges not strong enough to hold the door in place; and this was during normal weather conditions, no wind, no storm whatsoever! The entire door had to be sent to the scrap heap and was replaced with a Schweiss hydraulic door. A perfect scenario of why “cheap” doesn't save you money in the long run.
“I can tell you one thing, if we ever have to replace any other doors, it will be with a Schweiss door and not any other brand door; there is no doubt about it,” said Tom Vaughan, who manages the Airglades and LaBelle municipal airports near Clewiston and in LaBelle, Florida.
Getting a new Schweiss hydraulic door fixed this dilemma, but can you imagine, there are 69 more of these inferior doors at LaBelle and Airglades to worry about each day.
You might expect something like this to happen if a tornado, hurricane or high wind conditions ripped through the area, but exactly the opposite was the case - weather conditions were not a factor.
“I can tell you one thing, if we ever have to replace any other doors, it will be with a Schweiss door and not any other brand door; there is no doubt about it. We asked our local aviation engineer to look at the Schweiss door from his engineering standpoint. He took pictures and we gave him a brochure and he said he was going to take it back to his engineering firm to tell them if they have any future clients interested in putting up a door to direct them to Schweiss.”
- Tom Vaughan
Florida airport manager
“It looked like the top hinges broke off starting with a structural failure at one corner which created a domino effect halfway across to the side of the building. There were several planes in the hangar at the time, but they thankfully weren't damaged. This calamity put the hangar out of operation for four months,” said Vaughan.
Vaughan said that when his door fell he had heard prior to the incident that the door company had gone out of business. Looking online to see what other door designs there were, he ran across Schweiss Doors. They also had a local tenant, who upon returning from the SUN 'n FUN air show saw the Schweiss Doors display and described how well they were built.
“We chopped up the door and threw it away. It wasn't good for anything else; it was just nothin' but a hunk of junk metal sitting there. It wasn't even an old door; less than six years old, it was installed in 2010. I think the company that built it is now out of business or operating under a different business name. I wasn't even able to call the manufacturer to see if he would stand by his product,” said Vaughan.
The hangar now has a 74’ 3” x 19’ 2” custom-made Schweiss hydraulic door on it. The door is engineered for 175 mph windload with a 12-volt backup system and reinforced with a strong external truss and Schweiss' hydraulic steel frame with triple push tubes. The newly designed wrap around hinges can be lubricated from inside the building. It also has a hydraulic 2-speed valve that enables the door to slow down at the top and bottom cycle for smoother operation.
“Schweiss doors are overly built, the hinges are 10 times better and bigger than the chicken sh-- hinges on the other manufacturers door. They all have grease fittings where the “Brand X” doors don't have grease fittings. The Schweiss cylinders are about three times the size for the same size door.
“We asked our local aviation engineer to look at the Schweiss door from his engineering standpoint. He took pictures and we gave him a brochure and he said he was going to take it back to his engineering firm to tell them if they have any future clients interested in putting up a door to direct them to Schweiss. Our Schweiss hydraulic door arrived on time and in good condition. Schweiss made a promise to have it to us in three weeks, and they darn sure did. We were thinking it would be 60 to 90 days to get the door. I worked with the engineers at Schweiss Doors and they were very helpful with suggestions and gave us all the information we needed,” concluded Vaughan.
You know what they say about hindsight being 20/20?
It doesn't have to be that way if you just do your homework before deciding on whose door to buy!
The large Florida hangar had several aircraft inside when the "Brand X" door collapsed. Had a plane been leaving the hangar it could have resulted in a lost aircraft or even death.
NOT A SCHWEISS DOOR!
WILL YOURS BE NEXT?
In addition to the loss of many thousands of dollars worth of useless door, additional expense was incurred to remove it and purchase a Schweiss replacement door. The less than six-year-old hangar was put out of commission for four months.
This photo shows the strong Schweiss hydraulic steel framework and triple push tubes. Compare the larger cylinders and exterior truss of the Schweiss door to those on the damaged door, which didn't have grease zerks for lubrication.
The Schweiss hydraulic door delivered to Florida in express fashion is engineered for 175 mph windload and equipped with a hydraulic 2-speed valve for smooth operation when reaching the doors top height and closing operation. The door has the newly designed patented wrap around hinges that can be lubricated from inside the building. It also has a 12 volt backup system in case of a power outage.
YOUR CHOICE OF COLOR!
"The choice is yours. Each door offers something different. Each has specific advantages. Tell us your situation, then we can better advise you. The bottom line - it's the customers choice. Only Schweiss Doors gives you that advantage. Schweiss Doors already has a long history in the door world. We are the 1st choice of thousands of customers and our Hydraulic Doors are creating a great interest. With either door you get Schweiss Quality. Talk with us first and we can make your decision easier... Hydraulic or Bifold!
"We give you options so YOU can decide what is important to you."