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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2014, 11:41:39 AM »
Never knew about the ratcheting ones.  It's an ever expanding galaxy of clamp-dom.
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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2016, 10:26:00 PM »
Long time lurker, first post.  Thanks for a great forum!  Really informative and helpful.

Custom studs for the superclamp are pretty easily fashioned out of 5/8 hex brass stock.  I've made a few with various configurations/orientations:   3/8 internal thread (nut); 3/8 stud (bolt); 3/8 stud (bolt) at 90 degrees, double-ended stud (for joining 2 superclamps) etc.   Hopefully you can get the idea from the linked picture.



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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2016, 09:52:12 AM »
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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2016, 01:43:45 PM »
Just chiming in to ask if a super clamp with an actual ratcheting mechanism even exists.  I own two of the Manfrotto's with the L-shaped "ratchet" handle and it does not actually have a ratcheting mechanism, nor is there one in any other brand of clamp I've ever seen that uses that word.  So far I'm convinced there is no such product made, and every time someone links a so-called "ratcheting" clamp, it very clearly is nothing of the sort, but just a another clone of the Manfrotto I have.  They are describing the style of handle, but it does not ratchet.

I really wish that manufacturers would use a different word to describe this kind of handle, as calling it a "ratchet" or "ratchet action" is totally misleading.
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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2016, 01:45:34 PM »
Thanks Rory

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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2016, 01:50:02 PM »
Just chiming in to ask if a super clamp with an actual ratcheting mechanism even exists.  I own two of the Manfrotto's with the L-shaped "ratchet" handle and it does not actually have a ratcheting mechanism, nor is there one in any other brand of clamp I've ever seen that uses that word.  So far I'm convinced there is no such product made, and every time someone links a so-called "ratcheting" clamp, it very clearly is nothing of the sort, but just a another clone of the Manfrotto I have.  They are describing the style of handle, but it does not ratchet.

I really wish that manufacturers would use a different word to describe this kind of handle, as calling it a "ratchet" or "ratchet action" is totally misleading.

I have also never seen a true "ratcheting" handle. I have a Smith-Victor clone that has an "indexing" handle (probably not the correct descriptive word either) that can be pulled away from the body on the shaft splines and then the handle repositioned to tighten further. Not a true ratchet but at least moveable for better positioning. When someone mentions a ratcheting handle I automatically think of my S-V "indexing" handle.

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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2016, 02:21:49 PM »
Thanks for posting the picture, Rory.  Those are beauties, mixedplate, guessing you crafted them on a metal lathe?  Don't have one of those in my toolbox, sorry to say. :)

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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2016, 02:37:58 PM »
There's a part that is an umbrella piece that I believe does that. I also have arms that can swing at 90 degrees.

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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2016, 05:59:34 AM »
Thanks for posting the picture, Rory.  Those are beauties, mixedplate, guessing you crafted them on a metal lathe?  Don't have one of those in my toolbox, sorry to say. :)

My uncle 1 mile down the road has a nice, personal lathe ;D That's how I had my PAS bars made out of delrin! The lathe is awesome! Nice pics mixedplate!
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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2016, 08:13:46 PM »
Thanks F.O.  Have a picture of your Delrin bar?

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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2016, 09:30:13 PM »
Fried Chicken Boy --  you can hand-file the groove pretty easily, if no lathe is available.     

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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2016, 09:44:48 PM »
Thanks F.O.  Have a picture of your Delrin bar?

All I had my uncle do was to cut them down to size[I bought 20mm delrin rods cheap on eBay], and then he liked using the lathe just to drill out the exact dead center of my delrin bars/rods so they were perfectly balanced in my shocks and stuff! These are older pics, now I have Rycote INV6-HG shocks instead of the Schoeps a20s in the pic! I just haven't used the PAS Bars I made very much! But they're amazing for doing what they do :)
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Re: Q for Users of Manfrotto or Lowell Extension Poles
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2016, 07:31:17 PM »
Thanks F.O., those are serious bars! 

 

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