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How To Choose A Retracting Belt Barrier

All belt barriers look similar and function in the same way, however there is an enormous variation between brands in the specifications, manufacturing quality, product safety and price.

By taking a moment to familiarize yourself with what to look for in a retracting belt barrier you can:

  • Ensure you buy a safe product that does not pose a risk of injury to your customers and employees
  • Save up to 30% on the purchase price
  • Reduce the number of barriers you need by up to 50%
  • Maximize your return on investment by choosing a robust long lasting product

How To Choose A Retracting Belt Barrier - Safety

Belt Lock to limit accidental belt release

A belt lock is a key safety feature, it locks the belt end onto its receiver post preventing the belt being accidentally released by customers ducking under the belt or from tampering with the belt end. Most products are equipped with a belt lock. Check that its operation is easy to use then make sure you train your staff to always use the lock. While helping to prevent belt release a lock does not stop this happening completely which is why a brake system is necessary.

Braking Systems prevent injury from belt whip

All belt barriers have a powerful constant force spring to retract the belt. Without a brake a belt released accidentally will retract with such force that it whips around the post potentially causing injury to bystanders. Particularly at risk are children whose eye line is around the same height of the post.

Products manufactured to US industry standards have brakes but many imported brands do not. To avoid personal injury claims, it is essential to ensure the barrier you choose has an effective braking mechanism.


How To Choose A Retracting Belt Barrier - Construction Material


Determines the durability of the product


Three materials are typically used in the construction of belt and rope barriers, aluminum, mild steel and stainless steel. Listed below are the pros and cons of each material.

Material Advantages Disadvantages Comments
Stainless Steel High strength, scratch & dent resistant, rust resistant, can be polished to a mirror finish – no need for chrome plating Cost Stainless steel is the highest specification material and will stay looking "as new" the longest. However some brands charge a high premium for this material so always compare the price.
Mild steel High strength, less prone to damage than aluminum Will rust if surface coating is scratched Mild steel is the most common material used and is a good option particularly for indoor use
Aluminum Light weight, doesn’t rust Dents and scratches easily Aluminum can be considered, especially for outdoor use, but expect these products to look the worse for wear over time.

How To Choose A Retracting Belt Barrier - Assembly


Retracting belt barriers are supplied assembled and ready to use or 'knocked down' with the base and post separated and packed flat, two posts & bases per box.

Pre assembled offers the convenience of simply unpacking the post and setting up immediately for use. However the volumetric freight rates charged by UPS/Fedex on these products requires double boxing, costing an additional $5 per post AND can add up to 30% to the freight cost.

Flat Packed

Most brands of belt barrier are offered with flat packed delivery. Flat packing eliminates the additional packaging cost and freight premium. However many brands have a cumbersome assembly requirement with multiple parts, handling of the heavy base weight and needing two people to perform safely. The labor cost of assembly can wipe out the savings made on freight. When choosing a flat packed option, always check that assembly is fast (should take less than 30 seconds), tool free and can be achieved without having to lift the base weight.

How To Choose A Retracting Belt Barrier - Pricing

Consider Total Purchase Cost Not the Price per Post

  1. Choose Between an Economy or a Premium Brand
    • Economy – Shorter belt, lighter weight construction, concrete filled base, less durable
    • Premium – Longer belt, heavy gauge construction, cast iron base, more durable

    Wherever budget allows, we recommend purchasing a premium brand such as QueuePro or RollerPro as they will have a longer service life and give a better return on your investment. If budgets are limited an economy model like QueueMaster will prove perfectly functional but may require replacement sooner.

  2. Belt Length

    Belt length is important as the longer the belt the fewer posts you need. For example, when ordering a product such as QueuePro 300 with a 16’ belt you need half the number of barriers than with a 7.5’ belt.

When reviewing product prices always calculate the price per foot of belt i.e. post price divided by the belt length. For example, in the chart below the post price of QueuePro by Queue Solutions is 18% less than its nearest competitor, but when the difference in the belt lengths is factored in QueuePro is 25% less expensive!

Price Comparison

Outlined below is a specification and price comparison between the highest selling belt barriers in the US market. Products are ranked in order of price per foot of belt.

Model Manufacturer Post Const. Base Const. Floor Protection Standard Belt Length  Post Price*   Price Per Ft** 
QueuePro 250 Queue Solutions Steel Cast iron Full Coverage 11'  $97.00  $8.82
Retractabelt 301 Visiontron Steel Cast iron Full Circumference 10'  $117.98  $11.80
Tensabarrier 890B Tensator Steel Cast iron 4 x 1" diameter discs 7.5'  $119.00  $15.87
Beltrac 3000 Lavi Aluminum Cast iron Partial Circumference 7'  $124.98  $17.85

*Lowest price advertised on the web
**Post price divided by the belt length

Note: We regulary survey the market to keep this information up to date however prices may vary.

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