Blog posts from June, 2013

How much weight can 6ft Rectangle Plastic Folding Tables hold?

Bag of QuestionsWe've had an "EXTREME HEAT ALERT" here in Toronto for the past few days, so in honour of the "EXTREME" weather, we've put together this video to show the "EXTREME" strength of our 6-ft NES Reliable Rectangular Plastic Folding Table. We've stress tested our 8-ft NES Reliable Rectangular Plastic Folding Table back in March, and did a stress test video for our 8-ft NES Rectangular Wood Folding Table back in May. While the 6-ft Table isn't as popular as our 8-ft table, it is a stronger table. The 6-ft NES Reliable Rectangular Plastic Folding Table is BIFMA rated for 1000 pounds evenly distributed across the top, tying it with the 5-ft NES Reliable Round Plastic Folding Table for the title of strongest plastic table in our inventory. If you watch the video, you'll quickly discover that NES Reliable Rectangular Plastic Folding Tables are commercial grade tables capable of holding an incredible amount of weight!

Now that you've see just how strong our 6-ft NES Reliable Rectangular Plastic Folding Tables are, if you have any questions about them or any of our other products, please feel free to contact one of our fantastic sales reps. The 6-ft Rectangular tables are currently in stock in both our Vancouver and Toronto warehouses and are ready to be shipped from coast to coast to meet your needs!

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Long Term Plastic Folding Table and Wood Folding Table Outdoor Durability Test-Day 14

Day 14—June 22, 2013

It has been two weeks since we began our outdoor durability test with the 4-ft NES Reliable Rectangular Plastic Folding Table and the 4-ft NES Wood Folding Table. I have checked on the tables three or four times in the two week time, generally after a storm or heavy rain to make sure that they have not been blown over. While I realize most people will dry off the tables after it rains (since they need to use them) I decided for this test that it is best to leave them alone. If you are in Toronto you will know that the past two weeks has brought lots of rain (at least every other day) and temperatures that are in the high teens to low 20's. As a result the tables have gone through several cycles where they get wet and the water will evaporate in just the past two week.

June 22 Plastic and Wood Table Durability Test June 22 Wood Table Bubbling
June 22 Plastic and Wood Table Durability Test June 22 Wood Table Bubbling

Despite the wet weather the tables are holding up quite well. The 4-ft NES Reliable Plastic Folding Table is in great shape, it doesn't show any signs of wear at all! The 4-ft NES Wood Folding Table is also holding up quite well despite the rain but this week it started showing some signs of wear. Close to the middle of the table, the top ply is starting to bubble a little bit towards the edge of the table. So far this has not compromised the structure of the table at all but it of course has affected the table visually. Going forward it will be interesting to see how quickly this spreads, especially because this week is supposed to be very hot and humid with temperatures in the high 20's to low 30's and humidity making it feel like mid 30's to low 40's. I will give another update in a few weeks to let you know if there has been any change in the 4-ft Rectangle Plywood Folding Table.

How Much Weight Can Plastic Folding Tables Hold?

NES Reliable Rectangular Plastic Folding TablesWe introduced our NES Reliable Plastic Folding Tables in Toronto more than 6 years ago and the response we have been getting from our customers has been truly amazing. While we have always known our tables are of substantially better quality than you will find with Canadian Tire folding tables or Walmart folding tables, we have never really done a good job of communicating this to our customers.

I realized that we needed to do a better job explaining why our tables are better than those you'd get at a big box store when I received a call from a prospective customer asking for some detailed information about our 3ft square plastic folding card tables. This gentleman insisted that the legs for our 3ft square plastic folding card table should NOT have legs that fold in pairs. He said he had purchased a Canadian Tire Folding Card table that had legs that fold in pairs and he said "the table was crap." Knowing that our NES Reliable Plastic folding tables were not the same 'crappy' quality as you might find at Canadian Tire, I proceeded to try to explain over the phone just how great our folding card table is. Needless to say, this gentleman never bought and I decided we had to do a better job of showing the strength and capabilities of our 3ft Square Folding Card tables. We did this when I tried to break our 3ft Square Folding card table by loading it with more than 1,100lbs of salt on top of the table.

We have done this and other stress tests to show what it takes to break our plastic folding tables. In each of the tests that we have done, we have never indicated what the weight rating was for the tables. When we realised this, we decided it was time we put together a list of the weight ratings that we have for all of our plastic folding tables.

We believe the capabilities of our NES Reliable line of plastic folding tables are comparable to the commercial quality of Lifetime folding tables and better than Costco folding tables but have not done any of our own in-house tests yet. Stay tuned over the coming weeks and months as we start to do some stress tests on Lifetime folding tables, Costco folding tables, and of course Canadian Tire and Walmart folding tables.

All of the plastic folding tables we have listed above are currently available and in stock in large quantities in both our Toronto and Vancouver warehouses. If you have any questions about the strength of our tables or are interested in a quote, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Now Arriving: Resin Chiavari Chairs at our Toronto Warehouse

We know we’ve been talking about summer for a while here at National Event Supply, but can you blame us? Summer is filled with sunshine, nights spent sipping drinks on the patio enjoying a cool summer’s breeze, and spending weekends at a friend’s cabin on a lake. Summer is all about the outdoor event, and although the spring buying season is winding down, we’re still receiving new products and new stock at our Vancouver and Toronto warehouses.

Black Resin Chiavari ChairThis week we received a shipment of our fantastic resin Chiavari chairs, crystal Chiavari chairs, and Chiavari chair cushions at our Toronto Warehouse. We’ve written about our Chiavari chairs in the past, providing a little bit of history into the design of the chair and explaining why we think our Resin Chiavari chairs are incredible. We’ve also shown how strong our chairs really are, and shown you one of Dennis’ trade show tricks.

On the resin Chiavari chair side of things, we have a fairly good supply of black Chiavari chairs, mahogany Chiavari chairs, silver Chiavari chairs, and white Chiavari chairs. We will also be receiving an additional container of Chiavari chairs the fourth week of July which should replenish our stock of gold Chiavari chairs. All of our Chiavari chairs ship from our Toronto warehouse to locations across North America and come with a two year warranty against material and manufacturing defects.

On the Chiavari cushion side of things, we have lots of fabric cushions in black, white, or ivory in stock. We also have vinyl cushions in black, white, and ivory in stock as well as plywood-base cushions available in black and ivory. The fabric and vinyl Chiavari chair cushions all feature Velcro ties, while the plywood base cushions attach to the chairs with Velcro strips. If your cushions are beginning to look a little beat up or tired, now is the perfect opportunity to make your chairs look like new!

If you haven’t finished your spring buying, or you find yourself short of key pieces need for an event, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote. As a stocking warehouse, we try very hard to keep all the essentials in stock year-round rather than just having stock for orders taken at the winter trade shows. Have a great summer!

Long Term Plastic Folding Table and Wood Folding Table Outdoor Durability Test

Day 1—Start date June 8, 2013

We frequently get asked questions regarding the strength and durability of our products. And while we can provide you with answers to most of the questions that you may have, sometimes it's better to show you. That's what we're doing now; we're pushing our products to their limit, and testing them until they fail. That's why we've started a new long term test involving our tables! This test will be similar to other long term tests that companies have done to showcase the durability of their products. This test will be a long term outdoor durability test on our 4-ft NES Reliable Rectangle Plastic Folding Tables and our 4-ft NES Wood Folding Tables. What really happens to a NES Plastic Folding Table when it is left outside? What about an NES Wood Folding Table? How do they compare? What happens when it rains, or snows, or hails, or when the sun is shining, or when it’s hot out, and what about the cold!? Our test tables will experience all of these situations over the course of the next year, right here in Toronto.

Long Term Table Test Day 1

Our goal with these tests is to see how our NES Reliable Plastic Folding Tables and our NES Wood Folding Tables (Plywood Folding Tables) hold up when they are left outside for extended periods of time. Both the plastic folding table and plywood folding table have been placed side by side to ensure that they experience the same conditions over the months to come. I will provide updates on the condition of the tables and a brief look at the weather in the weeks and months ahead. At the end of the day we hope that all of these tests will help you choose the right table for your application.

Stay tuned to the National Event Supply Blog for updates on this long term test and other happenings at National Event Supply. If you have any questions about the tests or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact us!