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Butterfly Lift

Flying Effects Made Easy Made Affordable

What does it do?
The Butterfly Lift is a complete manual counterweight flying system for payloads up to 350 lb in weight. With a Butterfly Lift you can:
Swiftly lower a payload line to a stage.

Attach a load or performer on the payload line.

Immediately unlock a pre-set counterweight and raise/lower the performer with minimal manual effort.

Smoothly fly the performer at variable speeds perfect for live performance. Max speed varies with operator technique and strength but speeds of 6 fps (feet per second) to 8 fps are typical.

Dismount the performer from the apparatus while retaining control of the counterweight via a foot-operated locking system.

Immediately retract the payload line from view.
How it Works
The unique counterweight arbor system contained within the Butterfly Lift case is fully adjustable to match the weight of the performer(s). In addition to the offset provided by the counterweight, a 2:1 mechanical advantage is also achieved by the system. The combination of the counterweight and mechanical advantage amplifies the input force from the operator and reduces the effort required by the operator to fly a performer.

The adjustable arbor within the case can accommodate traditional stage weights as well as improvised counterweight such as concrete or sand bags.

The base lock assembly includes a bi-directional cam lock mechanism that releases the load when the operator presses the foot pedal and locks the system when the pedal is released. This lock holds the overhead counterweight when the performer dismounts the system and anytime the system is not in use.

The payload line is attached to the apparatus and is quickly deployable and retractable, independent of the position of the counterweight. This allows the apparatus to be raised and lowered without having to move the full counterweight during a performance.
Features & Benefits
Provides alternative to more expensive and complicated motorized winches.

Base Lock prevents movement of the system when the operator releases the Lock Pedal.

All lift components except the base plate fit within the case.

Durable case features wheels and handle for ease of transport and can be checked as luggage on flights.

2:1 mechanical advantage.

Retractable payload line quickly raises and lowers apparatus independent of counterweight system.

A variety of weights can be used: standard theater weights, sand bags, or concrete bags.

What's Included
The Butterfly Lift consists of four main pieces: the case or counterweight, head block assembly, base lock assembly and folding base plate. All pieces, except the base plate, fit within the Butterfly Lift case in precision-cut foam for efficient transport and storage. The Butterfly Lift is sold in two configurations that accommodate 40' and 60' house height.

Installation
The Butterfly Lift is adaptable to rig in nearly any location of sufficient height and suitable support structure to fly a performer. Careful consideration must be given to suitable anchors and rigging methods when installing the Butterfly Lift. Only individuals properly trained in theater or aerial rigging should perform this task.

Butterfly Lift - Standard Package
Standard package will accommodate house ceilings up to 40' high.
Butterfly Lift
Head Block
Slewing payload block with fiber rope sheave (Wire rope kit available)
Counterweight line tandem block
Payload line pass-through becket
Counterweight case
Adjustable counterweight rack
Upper and lower counterweight blocks
Payload line yoke
Base lock assembly
Base rope lock with foot pedal
Rope takeup cam
Folding base plate & bag
Payload loft block with fiber rope sheave (Wire rope kit available)

120' 5/8" Counterweight line
Double braid poly/poly
5/8" (16mm)
Tensile: 14,400 lb (64 kN)
Weight @ 120': 15 lb (6.8 kg)
2-4% Elongation
120' 7/16 static Payload line
Double braid poly/poly
7/16" (11mm)
Tensile: 6,600 lb (29 kN)
Weight @ 120': 7.7 lb (3.5 kg)
2-4% Elongation
Specs
Counterweight case weight with components: 70 lb (31.7 kg)
Base plate and bag: 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Total rope weight (2): 22.7 lb (10.2 kg)
Counterweight Line: 5/8" (16 mm) diameter x 120' (36.5 m)
Payload Line: 7/16" (11 mm) dia x 120' (36.5 m)
Max counterweight: 350 lb (158 kg)
Working Load Limit: 350 lb (158 kg)

Min Operating height: House height -10' (3 m)
Max Operating height: 40' (12.2 m)
Butterfly Lift - 60' House Option
(BL1-60)
$5,225
Suitable for rigging height up to 60'
Replace operation line with 180'
Weight: 22.5 lb (10.2 kg)
Replace payload line with 180'
Weight: 11.5 lb (5.2 kg)

Made in USA
Butterfly Lift

Flying Effects Made Easy Made Affordable

What does it do?
The Butterfly Lift is a complete manual counterweight flying system for payloads up to 350 lb in weight. With a Butterfly Lift you can:
Swiftly lower a payload line to a stage.

Attach a load or performer on the payload line.

Immediately unlock a pre-set counterweight and raise/lower the performer with minimal manual effort.

Smoothly fly the performer at variable speeds perfect for live performance. Max speed varies with operator technique and strength but speeds of 6 fps (feet per second) to 8 fps are typical.

Dismount the performer from the apparatus while retaining control of the counterweight via a foot-operated locking system.

Immediately retract the payload line from view.
How it Works
The unique counterweight arbor system contained within the Butterfly Lift case is fully adjustable to match the weight of the performer(s). In addition to the offset provided by the counterweight, a 2:1 mechanical advantage is also achieved by the system. The combination of the counterweight and mechanical advantage amplifies the input force from the operator and reduces the effort required by the operator to fly a performer.

The adjustable arbor within the case can accommodate traditional stage weights as well as improvised counterweight such as concrete or sand bags.

The base lock assembly includes a bi-directional cam lock mechanism that releases the load when the operator presses the foot pedal and locks the system when the pedal is released. This lock holds the overhead counterweight when the performer dismounts the system and anytime the system is not in use.

The payload line is attached to the apparatus and is quickly deployable and retractable, independent of the position of the counterweight. This allows the apparatus to be raised and lowered without having to move the full counterweight during a performance.
Features & Benefits
Provides alternative to more expensive and complicated motorized winches.

Base Lock prevents movement of the system when the operator releases the Lock Pedal.

All lift components except the base plate fit within the case.

Durable case features wheels and handle for ease of transport and can be checked as luggage on flights.

2:1 mechanical advantage.

Retractable payload line quickly raises and lowers apparatus independent of counterweight system.

A variety of weights can be used: standard theater weights, sand bags, or concrete bags.

What's Included
The Butterfly Lift consists of four main pieces: the case or counterweight, head block assembly, base lock assembly and folding base plate. All pieces, except the base plate, fit within the Butterfly Lift case in precision-cut foam for efficient transport and storage. The Butterfly Lift is sold in two configurations that accommodate 40' and 60' house height.

Installation
The Butterfly Lift is adaptable to rig in nearly any location of sufficient height and suitable support structure to fly a performer. Careful consideration must be given to suitable anchors and rigging methods when installing the Butterfly Lift. Only individuals properly trained in theater or aerial rigging should perform this task.

Butterfly Lift - Standard Package
Standard package will accommodate house ceilings up to 40' high.
Butterfly Lift
Head Block
Slewing payload block with fiber rope sheave (Wire rope kit available)
Counterweight line tandem block
Payload line pass-through becket
Counterweight case
Adjustable counterweight rack
Upper and lower counterweight blocks
Payload line yoke
Base lock assembly
Base rope lock with foot pedal
Rope takeup cam
Folding base plate & bag
Payload loft block with fiber rope sheave (Wire rope kit available)

120' 5/8" Counterweight line
Double braid poly/poly
5/8" (16mm)
Tensile: 14,400 lb (64 kN)
Weight @ 120': 15 lb (6.8 kg)
2-4% Elongation
120' 7/16 static Payload line
Double braid poly/poly
7/16" (11mm)
Tensile: 6,600 lb (29 kN)
Weight @ 120': 7.7 lb (3.5 kg)
2-4% Elongation
Specs
Counterweight case weight with components: 70 lb (31.7 kg)
Base plate and bag: 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Total rope weight (2): 22.7 lb (10.2 kg)
Counterweight Line: 5/8" (16 mm) diameter x 120' (36.5 m)
Payload Line: 7/16" (11 mm) dia x 120' (36.5 m)
Max counterweight: 350 lb (158 kg)
Working Load Limit: 350 lb (158 kg)

Min Operating height: House height -10' (3 m)
Max Operating height: 40' (12.2 m)
Butterfly Lift - 60' House Option
(BL1-60)
$5,225
Suitable for rigging height up to 60'
Replace operation line with 180'
Weight: 22.5 lb (10.2 kg)
Replace payload line with 180'
Weight: 11.5 lb (5.2 kg)

Made in USA
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  • Overnight shipping may still take an extra day for processing.

  • We ship Internationally processing shipping time 6-10 days Express Available

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    • -the full amount (including original shipping cost) will be refunded upon receipt of the returned item.

    • -there will be no refund for return shipping cost

    • -returns must be shipped back no later than one week from the date of delivery



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Please read before purchasing.

  • The use of these products is at your own risk. It highly advised to consult a professional aerialist coach for instruction, and professional rigger for installation. Only a professional coach can advise you of proper gripping and maneuvering techniqes.

  • By purchasing any of these products, you are assuming all responsibility for your own safety. You must routinely inspect it for any wear, tear, or defects which can occur after repeated use. Replace torn fabric or defective products immediately. Do not use fabric that is compromised in any way from its original condition.

  • We are not responsible for any mishaps, injuries or damages from your use of these products. Even though all of these props have been tested, and will easily hold the weight of a person, they are only reliable if used properly. Never forget the dangers of suspending yourself from any height without a safety system.

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