Column Load Charts

The type of load on a jack, and the way the jack is mounted, affects its load bearing capacity. There are two types of possible jack loads, tension and compression. A jack is under tension when its load pulls the screw away from the jack. It is under compression when the load pushes the lifting screw toward the jack (see diagrams). A jack can be under tension or compression regardless of jack positioning (i.e., vertical, horizontal, upright, or inverted).

When tension loaded, the jack retains full rated capacity. Under compression loads, the screw may not be able to support full capacity. For example, a 2-ton jack with a 15" screw length will be limited to 2293 pounds in compression, about half the jack's capacity. In compression the load, screw length and jack mounting configuration determine the load capacity of the screw. The examples shown illustrate four common mounting configurations.

Click on the links below to view detailed Column Load information on the following Joyce/Dayton products:

Ball Screw Jacks

Ball Screw ComDRIVEs

Bevel Gear Jacks

Bevel Ball Actuators

Machine Screw Jacks

Machine Screw ComDRIVEs

Metric Screw Jacks

Stainless Steel Screw Jacks