Vending Machine Moving Instructions

Clearances

If possible before using your vending mover system, adjust the leveling legs to provide 1/2″ to 3/4″: of clearance between the bottom of the vendor frame and the floor.

 

If there is at least 1/2″ of clearance between the floor and frame, the air beams can usually be slid into place with ease.

 

If the air beams snag on the rear frame, angle them so a corner goes under first.

 

If there is less than 1/2″ clearance, and the rear leveling legs can’t be reached, it may be necessary to put spacers under the frame as follows:

 

1. Adjust the front legs to provide as much clearance as possible under the front frame. You may need to open the vendor door to adjust the front legs.

 

2. Insert the air beams as far as possible. Connect hoses and turn on the blower. Vendor will tilt back.

 

3. Place a spacer under the frame on each side of the machine, just outside of the legs and as far back as possible.

 

4. Turn off the blower, and the vendor will settle onto the spacers. The rear frame should now be high enough to insert the air beams for normal operation.

 

5. Once the machine is moved out, adjust the rear legs to make future moves easier and when removing the air beams you won’t need to use the spacer method.

 

If there is more than 1″ of clearance between the floor and frame, place spacers on top of the air beams. Adjusting the legs will solve the problem.
If there is over 4″ of clearance between the floor and frame, use adjustable spacers.

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If one air beam can be placed under the machine but there isn’t enough clearance for the other, try connecting the blower to the one that is in position (without using the tee fitting). This can lift the one side providing enough clearance to insert the other air beam.

 

Caution: Lifting one side of the vendor will cause the top on the other side to move over about 3″. Do not use air beam as described above if there is a possibility of causing damage to an adjacent wall, machine or fixture.

Position: Side to Side

The SodaFloat® system generally works best when the air beams are positioned as far apart as possible but not pressing against leveling legs, which could settle on the fabric when the system is turned off.

 

If the vending machine tilts to one side because of the off-center balance, turn the blower off and slide the air beam that was higher toward the center. Try it in the new position and adjust again if necessary.

 

If side-to-side balance still can’t be obtained, it may be necessary to use two blowers.

 

If there is not enough room between the leveling legs to insert the air beams (as with some smaller vending machines) it may be necessary to use a smaller set of air beams.

Position: Front to Rear

The SodaFloat® system generally works best when the air beams are positioned with equal amounts extending from both the front and rear. Since vending machines come in different sizes and have different installation conditions this is not always possible.

 

When the back of the machine is flush against a wall, the air beams can’t be placed back far enough to extend out the rear. When moving the machine, it will tilt back toward the wall. To correct the tilt, turn the blower off after the machine is moved away from the wall and reposition the air beams. Before moving the machine back towards the wall, reposition the air beams not to extend out the rear.

 

If a machine is deeper than 30″, some tilting toward the rear may occur.

Hose Connections

The long 36″ hose runs from the blower to the tee fitting, the two short 15″ hoses from the tee fitting to the air beams.

 

Make sure connections are snug, but avoid jamming the hose ends too tightly into the air beam inlets.

 

Stretched or loose hose connections can usually be tightened by wrapping a little tape on the male fitting.

 

SodaFloat® air beams are equipped with special damper valves to reduce sudden deflation if a hose becomes disconnected.

Moving

Disconnect machine power cord, lines and hoses to avoid damage.

 

Always move the machine slowly and steadily and avoid build up of momentum.

 

If air beams are positioned so the load is evenly balanced, pull or push the load as needed.

 

The lower on the machine you push or pull, the easier the machine can be moved. If the machine is pushed near the top, it may tend to tilt back reducing ease of movement. This can be prevented by pushing lower on the machine.

 

When the machine is flush to the wall and the air beams cannot be placed evenly under the load, it might tilt slightly toward the rear. It can be moved forward by pulling at the top of the machine. It can be moved backward by pulling down on the top of the machine, while pushing back lower down on the front of the machine. In some cases to help balance the load, step on the front of the air beams with one foot.

 

A fully loaded machine flush against the wall will have too much weight on the back legs for balanced movement. Use the following procedure: Open the vendor door to about 90°.

 

Position the air beam that is farthest from the hinge side closer to the hinge side that will help balance the offset of the open door.

 

Keep a firm grip on the door so it will not swing free and turn on the blower.

 

The door can be swung further open or closed to adjust side-to-side balance. Do not swing the door against the inlet of the air beams.

 

Holding both the door and the vendor body, push or pull the vendor as needed. Do not push or pull on breakable parts inside the machine.

 

Pushing the vendor back can be made easier by stepping and pushing with one foot on the front of the machine base.

Floor Surface Problems

The SodaFloat® system works best on smooth surfaces. Rough or porous surfaces, carpet or extremely dirty floors can reduce performance. A set of four plastic adapters is included with the system for use on problem floors.

 

After placing the air beams under the vendor with the blower off, slide a plastic adapter under each air beam.

 

Place the next adapter in front of the first adapter. The end of the next adapter should be tucked under the first adapter.

 

Turn on the blower and glide the vendor from one set of adapters to the next. If moving more than 3 feet, reuse the first two adapters to extend the non-porous track. Always overlap the adapters in the direction you are moving.

 

When passing from an uncarpeted to a carpeted area, simply make a track of plastic adapters using the end-to-end method.

 

The adapters can be used to cross door jams, closet tracks, floor joints and thresholds.

 

A roll of smooth plastic (10 mil polyethylene) can be laid down for longer moves. Sheets of newspaper will work if plastic is not available. Very rough surfaces like asphalt might require plywood or hardboard.

Blower Tips

Extra airflow can be obtained by removing vacuum end cap and filter bag. Remember to reinstall filter bag before using blower for vacuum cleaning.

 

Blower will become warm and might become hot during extended use. This is normal.

 

Minor air leaks at switch and blower end cap are normal and within tolerances. If a leak at the cap seems excessive enough to noticeably reduce performance, contact Airsled Support Center.

Two Blower Operation

Only one blower is needed for most situations. If extreme conditions are prevalent, the use of a second blower will give improved performance in balance and ease of movement.

 

Connect one blower to each air beam. Do not use the tee fitting, but connect the long hose from the blower to the short hose and connect the other end of the short hose to the air beam.

 

Current draw for two blowers can reach 25 amps, so to avoid blowing fuses try to use separate outlets on different circuits for each blower.

 

Open the power control valves at the end of the long hose.

 

Turn on both blowers at the same time.

 

Close the power control valves and move the machine the same as with one blower.

Optional Air Beams for Special Situations

Long Narrow air beams are available for special situations.

Long Narrow air beams are available for special situations.

A set of longer narrower air beams is available for placement from the sides instead of the front. These are useful when a machine has to be moved through a door sideways.

 

Smaller air beams are available for small vending machines. Some machines may be too narrow for regular SodaFloat® air beams to fit between the legs.

 

Different sizes of air beams are available for a variety of special applications such as moving pallets or equipment installation.

Safety Warnings

Vending machines may tip over if moved improperly causing serious or fatal injuries. Always observe safe operating procedures.

 

Air beams must be used on even, level surfaces only. Do not use on curbs, inclines, declines, ramps or stairs. Exercise caution when using on non-level truck beds. Do not use in situations where the vending machine can fall off the back of a truck, loading dock, curb or lift gate. Keep all parts of the body from underneath the air beams and vending machine while using the system.

 

Maintain a slow and even speed when moving the equipment.

 

Do not stand or ride on the air beams or machine while being moved.

 

Do not use on machines with a high center of gravity.

 

Vending machine door should be securely closed during most moves. When moving with the door open, the operator should have a firm grip on the door to control swinging.

 

Make sure there is at least a 2″ overhead clearance above the vender to avoid possible damage to fixtures.