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Everything You Need To Know About Glass Boy


As all in the construction industry know, having the right tools for the job is essential. And when it comes to moving glass panes, there is no better tool than the Glass Boy. If you are familiar with vacuum lifting tools, you have probably come across the Glass Boy (or the cladding counterpart Clad Boy). The “Boy” brand is at the forefront of panel suction machinery, making it a top seller worldwide. This guide will break down what makes the Glass Boy so great. We’ll look at the full range, their amazing features and their uses. Here’s everything you need to know about the Glass Boy.


Glass Boy FAQ

Let’s get started with the broad strokes. What is the glass boy, what does it do, and why should you care? We’ve got some quick answers to your biggest questions.


What Is the Glass Boy?

The Glass Boy is a vacuum lifting tool specifically designed for glass panels.

Who Is The Glass Boy For?

The glass boy is designed for professional use. It is popular in various industries, including construction, glazing and façade installation. 

How Much Can A Glass Boy Lift?

The largest Glass Boy in the range, the Glass Boy GB-H, can lift an impressive 1,800KG. 

Who Makes Glass Boy Products?

The Glass Boy glass lifter range is brought to you by vacuum lifting experts VIAVAC.


What Does The Glass Boy Range Include?

The Glass Boy isn’t just one product. VIAVAC has designed a range of products, each tailored to unique uses. There is a Glass Boy to help you get the job done quickly and safely, whatever your glass-lifting task.


Glass Boy GB-L

The Glass Boy GB-L is the smallest in the range, and the perfect place to start. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s not packed with potential. This compact contraption may come in a small storage cradle but it can still support a fair amount of weight. The GB-L can lift up to 500KG and support glass panels measuring 3m x 4m. It’s a powerful tool that will save you time on a variety of projects. With the savings in labour costs alone, this thing will pay for itself in no time. 


Glass Boy GB-X

The next step up in the range is the GB-X. The weight this can support jumps up from the GB-L with an impressive range of 400Kg – 800Kg. The glass panels’ dimensions also increase, as the Glass Boy GB-X can support 4m x 4m glass elements. Another stand out feature of this model is its versatility. This one tool provides six different configurations. You can move and install glass elements of a wide array of shapes and sizes with the GB-X.


Glass Boy GB-H

The largest offering in the Glass Boy range, the GB-H, provides a staggering 1800Kg lift capacity. The GB-H is complete with powered tilting and rotation and features remote control vacuum operation. Despite boasting these impressive lifting capabilities, the GB-H is still easy to transport. It comes in a standard pallet footprint cradle.


Glass Boy Vacuum Lifter’s Features

So now you’ve got a feel for what each of the Glass Boy lifters can do, let’s look at the standout features of the range. 


Variety of Models – as you’ve seen, there’s a range of different models. This means there is something for all your needs. Glass Boy is the go-to for glass installation projects of all sizes. 


Amazing Capacity – Each model offers excellent lifting capacity and maintains performance within its specified weight range. 


Advanced Safety Features – The Glass Boy range uses dual and quad circuits for additional safety. It also includes low battery warning systems. Safety is a top priority with all VIAVAC lifting tools. 


Multiple Configurations – Each lifter in the range has a selection of configuration options. Easily accommodate glass panels of all shapes and sizes.


Built-in Charger – GB Glass lifters are battery operated and come with a built-in charger.


Regulatory Compliant – The range is compliant with relevant UK, European and Worldwide regulations and legislation.


Who Makes The Glass Boy Range?

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The Glass Boy series is designed and manufactured by VIAVAC. Recognised worldwide for their incredible vacuum lifting products, VIAVAC are behind some of the most recognisable and most loved tools in the construction industry including the Glass Boy, Clad Boy, Cool Boy, and Rota Boy ranges. 


They are one of the most respected and trustworthy brands in the industry with a well-earned reputation for creating fantastic products that prioritise safety. Their vacuum lifters are designed to reduce the risk of injury by manually lifting heavy panels. Instead, their lifters make light work panel installations, keeping you safe and saving you time. 


What Is The Difference Between A Single And Double Circuit?

CE directives state that all vacuum lifters must be used alongside secondary safety devices. Suppose you are operating a single circuit vacuum lifter. In that case, you must also take extra safety measures, such as supporting the load with safety straps. Operating lifting tools with dual circuits removes the need for additional safety measures and supports. The additional circuit is the safety measure – a backup just in case. Both the GB-L and GB-X are dual circuit. And the GB-H is quad circuit!


Operating Glass Boy Products

VIAVAC have done an amazing job of building safety into their products. The Glass Boy’s dual circuit is just one example of how safety was made top priority with these products. The very product itself is designed around safety – preventing injury from manual heavy lifting. But full safety includes proper operation training and support. To get the most from any Glass Boy product, ensure your team undergo the necessary vacuum lifter training. 


Stay Safe With The Right Tools

If you work with glass panels, the GB range is a must-have. It is key to safety and will make your installations run more smoothly. And who can say no to a safer, more efficient work site?

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