I have been using the Solar Tool, from Solar Tools USA for over a year now, and I would never lay panels without it again. The tool works with both portrait and landscape arrays, and is adjustable, between 9” and 16” (with micro adjustments between each setting). It hooks right onto your Iron Ridge rail and holds the panel in position for mounting. So, as long as you set your rail level, you can literally plug and play, that ever so important bottom row. It gives you that 3rd hand for solo Installs, and takes the guesswork out installing. And, lets say your rail isn’t perfectly level (not that that ever happens) that’s where the micro adjustments knob on the end comes in handy. The Solar Tool has cut our panel install time in half. I recommend having at least 4 tools, two for the panel you’re hanging and one for the next panel for ease of leveling. I have 20 of them now and lay them out for my first 10 panels and literally plug, zip down and go. Highly recommend this tool.
I really like the Solar Panel Hanger. It definitely saves time especially on the first module. As any solar installer knows, aligning the first module is the most critical step in installing a clean and straight array. The tool allow for those fine adjustments without having to awkwardly hold the module just right while another guy tightens down the top clips. We often go back and check the alignment after installing 2 or 3 panels and with this tool we have been much more accurate with our alignment the first time around reducing the need to go back and adjust. This tool is easy to use and is really helpful on those steep roofs.
Derek Jackson, Aurora Power & Design Inc.
I have been a solar installer for over 5 years. I would say for about the first 3 years I would be working on the roof by myself and even now I work solo if I need to. This tool basically gives me another set of hands to work with. I use it to hold panels in place and adjust to make the panels straight and level. Steep roofs are pretty much impossible to install an array by yourself but with this tool it makes it easy. It saves on time, money on labor, esthetics, as well as makes the job a lot more safe when working by yourself. They are super easy to use, well made, durable, and versatile for landscape, portrait, and different types of rail you are working with. I wouldn’t do another install without my set!