Customer reviews for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970

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Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970

Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
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2 out of 633%of customers recommend this
Customer reviews for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
Review 1 for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
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Customer avatarReviewed by:BigJeff
Title:

Decent Rails, "Universal" Could Be More Universal

PostedJanuary 5, 2011
Yes, I would recommend this product
It seems all the reviewers here had problems because they were using C Channel racks, which these were not designed to fit. These rails fit all round and square hole racks I've ever come across.
Dell does sell a small metal flange that replaces the rotating assembly on the end, which makes the rails compatible with C Channels without any grinding or bending of any sort. Were they included in the package instead of sold as an accessory this product would have gotten four stars from me, and probably would not have any negative reviews at all.
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Review 2 for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
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Customer avatarReviewed by:Zordac
Title:

These rails are horrible

PostedJuly 30, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
I have spent the better part of a day adjusting my rack to find some configuration that would allow these rails to work. In the end, like other reviewers here, I had to basically break the rails to get them to work. Very bad design dell.
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Review 3 for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
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2 / 5
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Customer avatarReviewed by:tedaniel
Duration of Product Use:1-2 months
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

Agree need work to be truly "universal"

PostedFebruary 19, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
We have round hole racks. I experience the same issues as the other commentors regarding the tab used for holding the rails in place in a square hold rack impedes on the rack mount rails. However, you don't have to "break" the spring loaded catch mechanism with pliers. There is a little catch on the bottom of the spring loaded mechanism that can be pushed in with a small screwdriver and then it slides out easily without damage. As far as the tab holding the spring loaded mechanism in place, the real issue which impeded on the rails of the rack itself, I'm a tool guy, so rather than "bend" the tab out of the way I took the rails home and used an air cutting wheel to neatly trim and smooth the tab.
The server rails now work like a charm, are sturdy with no binding whatsoever.
I've ordered another set to rack up an IBM 2U server, well aware I will need to perform another surgery when they arrive. But I like the way the rails perform once they are mounted. As always, your mileage may vary.
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Review 4 for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
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Customer avatarReviewed by:SchoolITguy
(Steubenville, Oh)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a week
Title:

Not designed for 4-post racks

PostedOctober 3, 2007
No, I do not recommend this product.
Not a very good design. Would not recommend buying these unless you really need them. Dell needs to create a universal rail system that is truly universal.
Pros:None
Cons:Like said before, these are not desinged for the universal 4-post rack system. We were able to install these into our rack but not the way they were desinged to be installed. First, on the back end of the bracket, with a pair of plyers, break off the little plastic spring loaded push button. Then, bend the metal tabs that hold the plastic button in place flat. Then you can screw the front of the bracket to the back of the front post. The back of the bracket should fit inside the back post (this is why you have to remove the plastic button) and screw into the front of the rear post.
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Review 5 for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
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Customer avatarReviewed by:juanito
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

Design flaws of the Universal Rapid/Versa rails

PostedSeptember 18, 2007
No, I do not recommend this product.
Pros:None
Cons:This item is made unusable do to the "Universal" aspects of it. Review number 1 is absolutely correct stating: "The Sliding Rapid/Versa rails appear to be intended to be the "ultimate" in rack compatibility - the ends are reversible, and can be popped out, swiveled, and latched back in to present either square brackets and a latch, or round tapped holes, to fit either of the two major rack types. HOWEVER, this makes the ends too bulky to fit into any of our racks - the mass of the "unused" configuration intersects the back side of the vertical rail, making it impossible to install. We need either new rails, a new rack, or a hand grinder to make these work." When we used these in standard Chatsworth 4 post racks, the rails were extremely hard to install as the rotating end bracket offset could not easily fit within the rack frame. Once installed, the rails were stiff and much harder to work with than the previous Rapid Rail design. I would not buy this item again at this time with it's current design.
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Review 6 for Dell - Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails Universal, PE2950/2970
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Customer avatarReviewed by:JRattray
(West Lafayette, IN)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a week
Level of Expertise:Good
Title:

TOO universal

PostedJuly 18, 2007
No, I do not recommend this product.
Cons:The Sliding Rapid/Versa rails appear to be intended to be the "ultimate" in rack compatibility - the ends are reversible, and can be popped out, swiveled, and latched back in to present either square brackets and a latch, or round tapped holes, to fit either of the two major rack types. HOWEVER, this makes the ends too bulky to fit into any of our racks - the mass of the "unused" configuration intersects the back side of the vertical rail, making it impossible to install. We need either new rails, a new rack, or a hand grinder to make these work.
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