We have had many questions asked frequently (FAQ) about our products and self-stabilising table systems.
Some questions are easy to answer, however some a little more challenging. We shall attempt to give you the shortest simplest explanation possible. Should you still have a burning question, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask.
Remember: It’s easier to be asking dumb questions now than to be correcting dumb mistakes later.
There are 2 main concerns from restaurant or café owners I always get asked.
1) What is the maximum size tops can be attached onto your bases, and
2) What is the maximum weight that your bases can carry?
For the answer for the table top size, please go to our “Table Stability Calculator” page and read up all about it there.
On the question of how much weight can your bases carry. The Gyro Fold-flat base was designed for the sole purpose of being portable, so the recommended table top weights should be between 7-12 KG. Anything heavier and the table base and top combination become difficult to handle.
The Fold Flat base has been tested to a load of 100kg, however do not load it to this weight. A test load is always heavier than the maximum allowable “usable” or working loading. The recommended maximum working weight/loading on the Gyro Fold Flat base is 30kg. On our cast Iron bases you can safely load the base with 50kg. Our stabilising mechanism can handle the weight and will not fail.
I was once asked the question, “The staff in my ‘club’ are required to dance on the tables. Can your table bases handle this?”. Although the bases can hold the weight of an average person, a table is designed for dining and not dancing. So, unless your staff are the size of minions, rather invest in a stage for your live performances.
There seems to be some confusion of what Gyro bases can do. Does Gyro ”level” or “stabilise”?
By definition the word “to stabilise” means to steady, hold stable or steadfast.
Gyro table bases are self-stabilising, which means they stabilise automatically or with minimal human intervention. The stabilisation is achieved by allowing the feet to adjust automatically, so that all 4 feet make contact with the ground simultaneously. With all 4 feet on the floor surface, the table is steady (stable) and does not wobble (watch our video on our website to see how Gyro stabilisation works).
“Levelling” means to make a line or surface parallel to the horizon. If you do not have a horizon to level your table to, simply fill a glass with your favourite drink and observe the surface of your drink. If your drink’s surface is not parallel with your table top, then your table is “out of level” (see example below). Gyro cannot level your table top, nor is there a product available on the market which can “automatically level” your table.
Gyro can take all the “bumps” and “dips” out of your floor. So if your floor is made of uneven floorboards, brick paving or any old rustic floor covering which you like to keep, Gyro will even (not level) out your floor for you.
Any bumps or dips of +-22.5mm on your floor (total of 45mm from highest to lowest point), can be “evened out” by Gyro. Gyro Self-stabilisation system is the only system that can stabilise by this amount. Thats why its called the “4-wheel drive” of table bases.
As explained in FAQ #1, Gyro cannot level your table tops automatically. There is no table base on the market that can do this. It is also extremely difficult to level an entire settings. There are numerous problems or obstacles to overcome.
Consider the picture below. To level up the wine in the glass, we had to prop-up the table from one side with some wedges. Looks fine but here are the problems.
The first problem.
The chair on the left is facing down the slope. A chair leaning forward is not very comfortable for the person sitting in this chair. The backrest of the leaning forward chair and will push the person sitting in the chair forward. So we used “level wedge” on the front legs to level out the chair. The chair on the right is facing up slope. A very dangerous situation as the person sitting here might topple over backwards. Again we used “level wedge” to level the chair.
This setting with wedges looks silly and not very practical, however we are highlighting potential problems of trying to level café furniture on a slope. It’s not easy.
The second problem.
Notice the chairs are “level”, but the seats are at different heights. Why is this a problem?
The slope that this café furniture setting is standing on is 1:20 (3 degrees). This is the maximum slope that is considered safe for the general public to walk on. Each wedge is propping up a chair leg or table leg by 20mm. That is quite a bit. In order to dine comfortably at a table, there is a “set” height from chair seat to top of table top. By trying to level the tables and chairs, you are interfering with this “comfortable” dining height.
Our recommended solution.
If your floor slope is less than 3 degrees, don’t worry about the slope, your furniture is safe to dine on without wedges, and your wine will not slide off the table.
If the slope is steeper, level the floor and not the furniture.
If you really insist that you want to level your table tops and not the sloping floor, there is a way to do it with Gyro Fold-Flat Table Bases. Here is a suggestion. It might look a little silly, but it works.
Replace 2 rubberised feet on the Gyro with screw table leg “adjusters” (The adjuster must have at least 40mm thread – long screw part). The rubberised feet are attached with 8mm screws, which is the same diameter as most table leg adjusters which are available at hardware stores. See attached picture for clarification.
Please note, that when adding long adjuster to your Gyro Fold-Flat base, only add 2 feet on the same side of the base. Never add long adjusters to 2 feet that are diagonally opposite each other.
Keep in mind, that once you have made the modifications to your table base(s), you have to place your tables on the slope with the longer adjusters on the downward slope side.
For further questions, please contact Gyro directly via email or phone