Maintaining A Bal-Trol Air Balancer

And Important Safety Considerations

Angular & Vertical Lifting:

Tri-Motion Bal-Trol® units are designed for vertical lifting, not angular lifting. If the load is to be moved horizontally, the Bal-Trol® should be mounted on a sliding rail or an articulating crane, to allow for the horizontal movement.

Repetitive Cable Rotation:

The cables on the Bal-Trol® should not be allowed to twist repetitively. If the application requires that the load be rotated, then a swivel should be used to protect the cable from this type of rotation. Tri-Motion offers optional swivels. Do not spin a suspended load, unless there is a swivel in place, as the momentum will cause very many rotations of the cable.

In the case of the Sensi-Touch® control, there is a set screw on the lower body of the control that must be tightened to prevent the shaft from turning within the control. This will prevent the shaft from rotating and twisting the cable.


The cable must be routinely inspected, and replaced upon the first signs of fatigue. Any indication, such as a lumpy appearance beginning to form underneath the nylon coating of the cable, or any type of fraying of the wire strands, should be considered a warning that the cable must be replaced immediately. Tri-Motion does offer replacement cable kits, which can be installed in the field. Do so regularly.

Up & Down Speed:

The Sensi-Touch® and Speed Handle controls have adjustments to control up and down speed, and they should be set so that the load accelerates and decelerates at a reasonable speed. The Balancer controls only have an adjustment to balance the weight of a certain load, as it does not accelerate or decelerate the load.

Safety Chain & Drop-Stop®

We also recommend that our Safety Chain and Drop-Stop® Load Arrestors be used for safety of machines and product. All units are equipped with a secondary eyebolt or hole where a Safety Chain should be attached.