What’s the difference between Linear and Telescopic slides?

Moshe Sasson - March 27, 2018

Linear motion slides


Telescopic ball bearing slides

The moving element of a linear slide moves within the length of the fixed member and can be either a traditional ball bearing slide with a full ball retainer or a recirculating slide design where the balls are contained within the length of the moving element.


A telescopic slide can have either partial or full extension, where the fixed member remains within the confines of the application and the moving member carries the moving element out of the application, to give access to it.   

Depending on the requirements, a variety of different types are available.

The basic factors to consider when selecting a slide are:

  • Drawer width or door size – all products specify a maximum dimension for drawer width or door size. This is an important factor when selecting a slide.
  • Load rating – each product specifies the weight that it will carry. Load rating is based on testing done with an 18″ length slide. Be sure to review the technical sheet for the products you are considering for specific load rating capabilities.
  • Length required – the depth of your drawer determines the slide length. As a rule, always use the maximum length allowable in the application.
  • Side space available – the amount of space a particular slide requires between the side of the drawer and side of the cabinet.


The fundamental principles behind Accuride slides are well thought-out design, the use of good engineering materials, sound manufacturing techniques and procedures coupled with constant testing and quality controls, all with a desire to produce something that will perform to high standards and last for a lifetime.

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