The surface area of the spider is larger and therefore able to hold a heavy top in place. That said, there are still some materials that should not be used at all, even on these bases. Marble, other stone & concrete are all too heavy and should only be fixed to regular, non-flipping table bases.
If you definitely need a flip top base for stacking and storage, the best option is to pick a table top material such as iroko, zinc, solid core or slatted teak. While heavier than werzalit and laminates, these materials will be fine when paired with a flip top table with a larger base plate such as the Avanguard or the Equix above and still provide an impressive appearance. That said, there are some new laminates on the market that resemble marble very closely and would provide a brilliant solution if you require a marble look on a flip top base. (Keep an eye out on our blog for more on this topic soon)
What type of table top is too heavy for a flip top base?
|Laminates, werzalit, some stainless steel.
||Iroko, zinc, solid core, slatted teak.
||Marble, granite, concrete.
|Use with any flip top bases including those with small mechanisms
||Use with Avanguard or Equix flip top base or others with with large mechanisms.
Don't use flip top bases
For more information on getting the best table combination for your requirements read our blog on Table Base tips or What Top, for more on table materials.