Originally Posted by bbig119
Looking to get a 60ST50 ........ TV stand with a glass top that I bought with the DLP in 2005. The glass is supported by three pedestals. Since the DLP sits directly on the glass, the weight is distributed over a large area. If I get the 60ST50, the stand covers a smaller area for a TV that will weight I think 10-15 lbs more than my DLP does now. I've seen one or two disaster shots of plasmas crashing through glass stands, but is this something I should worry about?
FWIW, we have a 60" ST50, and it is sitting on a nice looking (Actual Wood Veneer!) "Television Console" that has an upper glass shelf that "floats" above the top of the cabinet, supported by 6 pedestals: 3 each, across the front & back.
This stand was originally purchased to hold our 36" Toshiba CRT, and (per the instructions....) is intended for a "Product Weighing 300 Pounds Maximum" - !!
In fact, the stand has held the 36" CRT, a 42" plasma, a 50" plasma, and 5 (Five) 60" plasmas - don't ask
- including the current ST50.
OTOH, there are two half-width glass shelves on the unit, and those are each rated for a Maximum of only 35 Pounds (meaning our Pioneer HTR would safely sit on one - but NOT our older Marantz Stereo
Barring the possibility of Material Fatigue - is Glass subject to Fatigue? - my main concern is Breakage due to Dropping an object on the top of the table, whether that happens in the process of putting a new panel in place (someone's hand slips, allowing the panel to THUMP down, instead of being Gently Set Into Place), OR some Accident that occurs while a panel is sitting on top of the stand.
This second possibility seems MUCH more likely in a household with children - and perhaps particularly if the tv is located in an Active Play Area - but could certainly happen under other circumstances.
In this case, the rated Maximum Load for the top (glass) shelf exceeds the weight of any of the TVs the unit has held - and by quite a wide margin (although the 36" CRT SEEMS like it weighs "a ton!"). Without some documentation, it may be hard to Guess what the load rating is for your stand.
Still, the chance of glass breakage HAS crossed my mind: which means, of course, that if it SHOULD occur, I would be Absolutely Devastated!
A possible "solution" would be to place a thin-but-strong Board on top of the glass shelf: this should distribute the weight across the shelf, and - if one were lucky - the board would prove strong enough to bear the weight of the TV even if the glass shelf did break. (Assuming, of course, that the board was large enough to be caught by the supporting pedestals!).