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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    I could but they are too expensive to hack and NOT work very long

    The 1/2-13 SS thread allows very accurate leveling with wing nuts

    and camera tilt

    It is too low for easy GG usage, so I will be raising the camera

    perhaps with new purchased XL HD milk crates

    as it is a 4 leg cart, I will carry a few plastic trailer levelers, I already have

    I have a hiking stool like this to put in the misc box



    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    ...could you use adjustable length hiking poles, with their quick release locks?
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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    I'm wondering if you could make some wooden wheel ramps, like the steel ramps used for doing car repairs. You could store the ramps like fenders on your cart, so that they could be removed when necessary to raise the unit. Your adjustable poles at the handle ends could keep the unit level at the new height.

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    Thank you for your input!

    I am now making stage 2, which is storage and a second level camera perch

    I am adding 17" sides with a strong top

    No front or back, a tunnel

    Cameras can be on top, sides and lower level

    I can sit and use top level GG way easier

    However my giant Pinhole Boxes are truly P&S





    Quote Originally Posted by sharktooth View Post
    I'm wondering if you could make some wooden wheel ramps, like the steel ramps used for doing car repairs. You could store the ramps like fenders on your cart, so that they could be removed when necessary to raise the unit. Your adjustable poles at the handle ends could keep the unit level at the new height.
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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    I have an Ebike. Like all it adds power when you pedal, levels 1 to 5. It also has a twist grip throttle for "flank speed" in a hurry.

    I wonder if 1 powered wheel, not used all the time but as a helper in difficult situations. Put a thumb throttle on one of your handles, use a small light battery.

    Now days I stay off road, ride the trails. Let my phone guide me.

    Keep updating us, just thought I had.

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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    I know other members are DIY a scissors jack

    Just found my old enemy. AKA Transmission Jack

    But this might be a good purchase for me

    It lifts 450 lbs 17" with a screw

    I need to think more, I will never? change out a transmission

    again
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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    I know other members are DIY a scissors jack

    Just found my old enemy. AKA Transmission Jack

    But this might be a good purchase for me

    It lifts 450 lbs 17" with a screw

    I need to think more, I will never? change out a transmission

    again
    Air bag? Maybe get some cheapo air shocks. Then there's the problem of where do you get air. CO2 cylinders???
    Not much help here

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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    I was also thinking a transmission jack...the mechanical (non hydraulic) scissors jack type like the "basic" model from Harbor Freight. The gear ratio on this might be a bit high though...so lots of turns to get the camera lifted.

    There was another post here recently which featured a scissors - type arrangement, where the platform gets lifted and fixed to adjustable heights via aligning holes in the scissors arms and inserting pegs through these holes. Problem here is that if the camera is mounted you'd need to hold it up in exact position with one hand while inserting pegs. So a crank handle arrangement would be much better.

    But maybe with that HF unit...you could bring along a (battery operated) variable speed drill? I'd think with the camera being a quite a bit lighter in weight than most transmissions, the torque necessary to raise it should be minimal. You could even create a harness for this drill to fix it in place and run the switch wiring out to a couple of momentary switches on the handles of your cart - how cool would that be?

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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    John

    After sleeping on it

    Not buying and trying the jack

    My cart second level will solve the problem

    My design for 14X36" camera is settled with all materials to proceed

    When that one is made and tested, I will have more to share with our worldwide audience

    Then make at least two, perhaps up to six 1/2 scale

    as I have the bits

    Sooner or later 14X16/17/18/19"
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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    Fun project. I like the idea of reversing the camera so that one can sit with a stool and stare at the GG without the handles around me to accidentally bump into. But it has its own cons.
    Will the 14x36 be mounted 'face-forward' or facing sideways on the cart?
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: ULF DIY Camera Cart

    Vaughn

    The cart is easily modified and customized for me

    Any camera on the new second level may be rotated 360 degrees

    It is multipurpose

    Load big tripods, lighting, tarp in the lower level, a real chair, lunch and signage on sides

    The new cameras will take a while, but I sure want them ready by Labor Day

    I anticipate multiple ULF, LF, tiny format 3X4, 2X3 sheet film cameras on board


    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Fun project. I like the idea of reversing the camera so that one can sit with a stool and stare at the GG without the handles around me to accidentally bump into. But it has its own cons.
    Will the 14x36 be mounted 'face-forward' or facing sideways on the cart?
    Tin Can

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