Platinum elfa utility Track
Most versatile system
This system is extremely versatile. It can be rearranged and additions can be made as needed. Would highly recommend. If you take your garage measurements and a list of items that you need to organize to the Container Store, one of their helpful staff members will draw out plans and help you with you storage system. They will ensure that you receive all of the items you need from mounting screws to the holder for your rake.
March 18, 2013
Works great in garage
Holds bikes & tools equally well without the need to bolt into wall, so you can re-configure as things in garage change. Great for creating space to open car doors, as all hangs flat against wall.
March 18, 2013
Great Concept; Failed Execution
I had high expectations when I purchased ~$300 worth of Elfa organizational accessories for my garage, but after 6 months of use- I'm pulling it off. Two major design flaws keep this system from being an ideal organizational product for the garage- limited track bar mounting options, and poor accessory hinge durability.
The track bar itself is a well made piece- it's construction is solid with a durable coating. However, there are limited mounting options due to single, standard stud spaced screw holes. There is no doubt that Elfa had aesthetics on the mind with this decision, but the single mounting holes are not strong enough to securely fasten the track to the wall studs. The weight from a small ladder and a leaf blower are enough to overwhelm the track bar, causing the top of it to pry away from the wall, and pull out over time. There should be two mounting holes per stud! The hole spacing is ideal for a conventional stud layout, but as seen in a previous review- this can be a severe limitation if a stud anomaly exists. A better option would be to have additional mounting holes placed to the left and right of the standard, for flexible mounting options.
The Elfa Accessories are cheaply manufactured. The concepts are terrific, and they are beautifully designed, but the quality is unforgivable. I purchased a wide array of them to meet the needs of my garage, and I've had ~40% of them break over the past few months. The mounting brackets that connect the accessory to the track bar are ALL made of cheap plastic- doesn't matter if it's the "Utility Lawn Equipment" accessory, or the small "Tool Holder"; the same bracket is used. The plastic brackets have been broken from very light use, and this is the case for both heavy items and light items alike; it's not a design flaw- it's a quality flaw.
For these reasons, I cannot recommend the Elfa track mount system for purchase.
August 17, 2012
Cool, but first know how it works on Open Studs
If you're installing this on open studs (like in your garage), read this first. I got a handful of these tracks along with the Track Fittings (part # 10047359) so that I could hang these on standards that I mounted directly on open studs in my garage.
I discovered to my great disappointment that when you add the Track Fittings, the track itself is recessed too far and if there's a stud in between your 2 standards, it won't fit/work.
You should be able to see this in the photo where I just used a wood screw to attach the track directly to the middle stud. Unfortunately, with just 1 screw, it's not strong enough to hold up some of the heavier tools I want to hang and it swivels a bit. I'm now tempted to chisel out enough wood from my studs to accommodate the track...
August 3, 2012