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Knaack improves ladder rack equipment

Knaack LLC announces improvements to the design of its roof-mounted ladder rack equipment used on commercial vans and minivans.

New design features enhance durability while making it safer and easier for one person to load, transport, and unload ladders, as well as other oversize items carried on roof racks. Design modifications pertain to the Weather Guard Quick Clamp ladder rack and the Nissan NV ladder rack units.

Improvements to the Quick Clamp ladder rack include modifications to mounting plates and front rails to protect ladders when loading and unloading; beefing up the clamp mechanism for longer life; and improved engineering of the gas springs: a tougher exterior case to withstand wear and internal brass bushings that prevent strip-out.

Improved models are available for full-size vans and minivans. Key attributes of the Quick Clamp rack include:

  • Ladder hooks on the front end of side rails have been extended and angled outward for easier loading in tight places

  • Design uses 3/16" extruded aluminum rails, and stainless steel gutter clamps and hardware

  • Anti-wear protection on clamps helps protect ladders during transport

  • Adjustable sway braces for easy ladder change out

Design modifications to the Nissan NV ladder rack pertain to the EZ-Glide system in order to improve weight distribution that meets current Nissan requirements. EZ-Glide permits one-person loading and unloading of ladders with use of an ergonomic drive arm. A hydraulic cylinder provides a smooth, quiet, effortless descent, and a zero-impact drop that reduces noise and equipment wear. The improved models are available for standard height vans and high-roof vans.

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