Ashland Telescope Conveyor Selection Guide

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Telescope Conveyor Selection Guide

Telescope Conveyors

Ashland's Telescoping Conveyor is a durable, low maintenance product designed to reduce the time and effort required to hand load and unload trailers. Unlike "expanding" conveyors, the centerline distance between rollers remains unchanged at any extension. Also, each section is individually replaceable.

Ease of operation is one of the reasons warehouse managers prefer Ashland Telescoping Conveyors. Our unique design suspends the lower sections by ball bearings which glide inside the side channels of the section above.

There are two basic models in three widths and five lengths with a range of elevations and slopes. You may also choose between a roller or skatewheel conveyor.

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Durability is the top reason our product is preferred. The main frame stringers are formed from 7 ga. steel. All other formed parts are either 10 ga. or structural steel. The legs are secured in place with 1/2" heat treated bolts. Our customers have testified that units have fallen from the dock and were put back into service without any repair.

The legs are equipped with 5" diameter swivel casters. Casters with a diameter of 8" are standard on 6 sections telescopes and available as an option on others. Ashland Telescoping Conveyors extend so easily that a 5 section unit with 3" slope per 10' will extend itself on a smooth even floor.

Each telescoping conveyor is equipped with a package stop that also serves as a handle to extend and retract the conveyor.Featured at each end is a foot activated floor lock that prevents the unit from moving after positioning.

Roller vs Skatewheel Style

Roller Model

This unit is best utilized for hand loading of products. A slope of 2" - 4" per 10' should be adequate for proper flow of product over 40 pounds; and 4" - 6" per 10' for 5 - 40 pound product. The rollers at close centers in the top section provide a smooth transition between existing systems and the telescope conveyor.

Skatewheel Model

The all-skatewheel style is best suited to handle products that weigh an average of 10 lbs or less. A slope of 3" - 6" per 10' should be adequate for proper flow. As stated before in our Skatewheel Selection Guide, skatewheel conveyors will convey lightweight loads that have firm flat bottoms such as cartons, totes, cases, etc. Skatewheel conveyors “roll” easier than roller conveyors allowing for lighter packages and less slope. The individual wheels in the curved sections also allow packages to track more so than roller conveyor.

Telescope Conveyor Model Summary

We have many combinations of lengths, widths, models, and elevations to choose from. Take a look at the image below to see how we abbreviate our part numbers.


Choosing a Telescope Conveyor

To specify a telescoping conveyor to fit your applications needs, you will need to know the following:

  • Overall length or number of 10' sections
  • High end (upper) elevation
  • Required slope or low elevation
  • Overall width
  • Model (skatewheel or roller)
  • 5" or 8" diameter casters


Below are a series of elevation/slope tables that will aid in the selection process. Please note the slope must be a whole number (1" through 6" per 10' section). The slope may vary from section to section; however, the slope must be constant or increase as you descend through the sections.  The slope cannot decrease.


Additional Notes

  • *Elevations are not adjustable .
  • The number in the model following the letter "T" refers to the number of sections. The next letter refers to model A, B, C, or D which determines high and low elevations. The last number refers to the caster diameter.
  • Six sections units are only available with 8" casters.