Frequently Asked Questions about BaSys PIVOTA® hinges.
What is the listed capacity for each hinge or for a pair?
The capacities listed below are for two BaSys PIVOTA® hinges
installed. They are engineered to work best when there are two.
Read more by downloading about BaSys Hinge Load Capacities.
- For thinner and lighter doors up to 132 lbs
- Identical hinge mortises for doors weighing 176 to 264
lbs. Integrated closures! Steel and Stainless Steel
- Models with wider throws; solutions for frames recessed up to 15mm
- For heavier doors from 356 to 660 lbs; wider throw models
available for doors with cladding up to 8mm thick; sold steel
models also available.
- Identical hinges mortises for doors with maximum weight of 660
and 770 lbs; also available in solid steel.
What's the minimum door thickness for each of the hinges?
|BaSys PIVOTA Hinge||Min. Door Thickness|
|DX 38 3D - Design||1-3/8" (35 mm)|
|DX 58 3D - Design||1" (26mm)|
|DX 61 3D - Design||1-1/2" (44mm)|
|DX 61 3D - Close - Design||1-3/4" (44mm)|
|DX 101 3D - Design||1-1/2" (38mm)|
|DXS 101 3D - Design - Steel||1-3/4" (44mm)|
|DXE 100 3D - Enox||1-1/4" (32mm)|
|DX 200 3D - Design||1-9/16" (40 mm)|
|DX 80 ZA 3D - Design||1-3/4" (45 mm)|
|DX 120 3D - Design||1-3/4" (45mm) w/o cladding|
|DX 180 3D - Design||1-3/4" (45mm) w/o cladding|
|DXS 180 3D - Design - Steel||1-3/4" (45mm) w/o cladding|
|DX 300 3D - Design||1-9/16" (40 mm)|
|DXS 300 3D - Design - Steel||1-9/16" (40 mm)|
Can I get a great load capacity by adding hinges?
Yes and no. This question is application specific so best to call and discuss your application. We have access to BaSys engineers who can help us determine the best concealed hinge solution for your application.
Where do I place the hinges on the door?
Top and bottom hinges should be located 10" (on center) from the top
and bottom edge of the door. Unlike with Soss hinges, a third BaSys®
hinge will not add a proportional amount of capacity to the system. With taller doors,
installers often use a third hinge in the center.
Does the leading edge of the door need to be beveled?
This table shows the width, at given thicknesses, below which the
latch side of a door fitted with a BaSys PIVOTA® hinge requires an edge
bevel. Please call us for further guidance. Download Door Bevel
What is the difference between BaSys PIVOTA® and TECTUS®?
Here’s our two (or 10) cents in a nutshell:
1. Both are 3D-adjustable
, which is one of the most significant attributes for concealed hinges.
Both are made from aluminum alloys and steel, with some models made from solid steel. BaSys PIVOTA® hinges include increasingly more steel the higher the weight capacity.
BaSys PIVOTA® hinges feature a unique piston that allows for kinematic guidance and butter-smooth operation. BaSys PIVOTA® hinges have four knuckles made of steel. TECTUS® hinges have 3 knuckles made of Zamak.
4. Weight Capacity:
BaSys PIVOTA®’s highest weight capacity hinge is the DXS 300 3D, allowing up to 770 lbs. TECTUS®’s highest weight capacity hinge is the TE 645 3D, allowing up to 660 lbs.
5. UL Rating:
TECTUS® manufactures three 3-hour rated concealed hinges: the mighty TE 527 3D, TE 526 3D, & TE 626 3D A8. We offer three BaSys hinge models that are 60 minute UL listed: the DXS 300 3D Steel, DXS 101 3D Steel, and the DXE 100 3D Enox. Many of Tectus hinge models are 20 minute UL listed, while many BaSys models are 30 or 60 minute UL listed.
Both systems include models made for doors with cladding up to 8mm, doors with recessed frames, and doors that require power transfer.
7. Closing Function:
BaSys PIVOTA®’s “Close” hinges include an integrated automatic closer within the hinge itself and is the only one of its kind on the market.
8. Cover Plates:
BaSys PIVOTA®’s “Design” hinges have cover plates with concealed screws. TECTUS® offers square cover plates that can be purchased separately; however, both TECTUS® cover plate options bear visible screws.
TECTUS® has more (and nicer) standard finish options, including plated, powder-coated, and galvanized finishes. We offer less BaSys PIVOTA® standard finish options, but they can provide a wet finish in any RAL code with minimal setup fee and low minimum quantities.
It depends. In general, BaSys PIVOTA® tends to be slightly less expensive than TECTUS®, but not always.
Call us and we can help select the best concealed hinge based on price, aesthetics, performance, project size and availability.