Sparco Hanging File Folder Frame - Premium file folder frames assemble quickly and easily. Made of metal, frames are notched for easy adjustment to fit shorter file drawers. Hanging folders are not included.View Product Specs
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Comments about Sparco Hanging File Folder Frame:
The Sparco SPR60529 frame for Hanging folders (letter size) is the classic way to outfit a box or drawer to use hanging file folders. Although it looks a bit skimpy, when put together, the whole was sturdy enough to be used standalone. In addition, with just a bit of work, the rails could be notched and broken at lengths other than the ones provided. The product says it is made in China.
The front and back of the frames were made of a heavy steel wire. The rails on which the folders hang was made of sheet steel that is folded over on top of two steel wires that run the length of the rail. One wire was under each side of the fold.
To allow it to be adjusted to fit various depths, the rails were scored (not notched) to be broken at 18 inches, 21 inches, and then every half inch to 27.5 inches. Here by "scored (not notched" I mean there is a groove across the rail on each side that does not extend all the way to the edge. On testing using a pair of pliers, I gave up trying to break it at 27.5 inches, and found it difficult to break it at 27 inches. Breaking it at 18 inches was much easier.
Each of the front and back rectangular supports had a grove on each top corner and a cross bar with corresponding groves that screws against the top of the support. The end of a rail fit in the groves and was held in place by tightening a screw that presses the crosspiece against the top of the support.
Once the rails are at the desired length, putting the frame together was straightforward. Wearing gloves and holding one of the supports, I screwed in the screws almost all the way using just my fingers. Then I put one end of a rail between the top and bottom groves on one side, adjusting the screw as necessary and then pressing the two pieces together against the end of the rail with my left hand while tightening the screw using a screwdriver with my right hand.
I needed to put hanging files into 8 wooden drawers that are 9 inches deep and 24 inches wide. The idea was to put two frames in each drawer side by side. This involved cutting and assembling 16 frames.
In the process I tried various approaches to reduce the time to complete and install a frame. To begin, each frame came in a thin, brittle, clear plastic wrapper. When I ripped into wrapper, the result is a ball of incompressible plastic plus little bits that electrostatically stuck to everything. I found it fastest to cut the plastic across the top, down one side, and across the bottom, then unwrap the plastic from the frame in a single piece that could be readily folded into a small easily trashed little package.
I needed rails 9 inches long minus 1/16 of an inch to get proper fit. The only metal cutting tools I had were a hack saw and one foot long tin snips. After using a pencil to mark the length on the end opposite the one with the scoring, I used the tin snips to score the rail on one edge at the mark by squeezing and pressing the snips as hard as I could 4 times while holding it steady against a concrete floor with my foot on one end. Then I turned the rail around and did the other edge.
The rail is flat on one side and humped on the other. For each rail, working with the humped side up, I sawed a notch into each edge of the rail at the mark using the scoring I had just made as a guide. Then I put the rail flat side down on a pile of bricks with the notches at the edge and the 9 inch part sticking out and pressed it down 90 degrees. The rail bent easily at the notches. Then I pressed the pieces together, flat side to flat side. When I folded the 9 inch piece back the other way, the rail snapped apart at the notches.
My project was a success, and I would recommend this product to anyone who needs to add capability to handle hanging files. Also, I was able to find the frames on sale on-line for less than $3 each, which made them affordable. The only downsides I saw to the product was the difficulty of breaking the rails at the supplied scoring. It appears to me that the design leans more to strength of the frame rather than ease of breaking the rails.
Comments about Sparco Hanging File Folder Frame:
Easy to put together if you have used them before and all the pieces for each hanging rack were bound together and easy to get apart. The quality is great and if you have a shorter filing cabinet you don't have to break the rods just make sure the excess is going to the back of the cabinet.
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Q:Hi. I have an old Hon filing cabinet with drawers that are 26" from front to back .. will this hanging frame fit in these drawers as I can't seem to find the old style hanging rails..thank you
A:Yes, the Sparco File Folder Frame can be cut to fit a 26" drawer.
Q:How long are the rods that hold the files, my drawers are 22" deep.
A:The Sparco File Folder Frame has 26.7" adjustable rods.
Q:My drawer is 16" long. Will this item work?
A:Perhaps you know the answer by now, but just in case, the answer is "Yes". I needed 9 inch rails minus 1/16 of an inch to get proper fit. The only metal cutting tools I had were a hack saw and one foot long tin snips. After using a pencil to mark the length on the end opposite the one with the scoring, I used the tin snips to score the rail on one edge at the mark. Then I turned the rail around and did the other edge.
Q:I have draws that are 14"x20 long, are these folder frames adjustable?
A:The Sparco File Folder frame is notched to allow adjustment for smaller drawer depths.
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