Boardie T-bar ski lift should be attached to a metal pipe, which is stiffer and durable than Boardie. Since the Boardie T-bar ski lift can be used as a direct replacement of older types of T-bar ski lift seats, the old metal pipe can be re-used for attaching Boardie. Boardie is designed to fit pole dimensions between 30-36 [mm].
The T bar ski lift will be delivered pre-drilled to match the diameter of the old metal pipe used. Due to different sized pin holes in existing T-bar ski lifts, the pin hole will be drilled by the customer to make sure that it fits well. Before the installation of a new Boardie the old T-bar needs to be removed from the metal pipe as per the instructions by the manufacturer of the existing T-bar ski lift.
Make sure there is some distance between the bottom of the pole and the outer edge of Boardie, to leave some room for the sign.
To make the hole straight, drill through one side at first, then mount the pipe with the first hole perpendicular to the hole in the pipe, then drill all the way through. Make sure that the pin holes align with each other for an easier mount of the pin later on and the pipe is held in a fixed position. When the holes are aligned, use a mallet (hammer with rubber head) to force the Boardie onto the pipe. Hitting the plastic ribs inside of the Boardie can damage it and later become a cause of failure.
Note: Mounting the sign before this step is not recommended, as the sign might get damaged by the mallet.
When the pipe is fitted it’s time to mount the pin (it’s OK to reuse old pins) so that the pipe cannot slide out of the Boardie while being used. Make sure that the assembly is held in place, i.e. in a vice or on the ground, and then either press the pin in or hammer it using an ordinary hammer. If using a hammer, make sure that the plastic neck of Boardie is not hit. A hard hit on the neck could create cracks inside of the material, which later on can be a cause of failure.
The product is now assembled and ready to use. Before letting skiers use the lift, it’s highly recommended to visually inspect the assembly of the Boardie. Also, make sure that the sign fits properly inside of the Boardie, not being able to twist around.
Most towing units are able to sustain Boardie T-bar ski lifts. However, it is important to make sure the towing unit spring is in good condition. Extend and release the T-bar after installation to make sure it retracts properly in the towing unit, and tighten the spring within the towing unit spring box if necessary.