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#1 johnnyha

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:50 PM

The tray on the tripod that is made for the EM200 mount is always popping out of its rivets and it is just too darn small - who's with me Tak people?! :shakecane:

Well it's been rainy here in Texas for a few days so I made a bigger tray for underneath out of strong 1/4" birch ply coated with rubberized black spray paint. The tray is large enough for my computer to fit. I may even put a 7 ah battery bracket underneath for the motor drive. :hmmmm:

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:53 PM

No rivets popping out here - I attached the tray with wingnuts. Fender washers were epoxied to the tray before rubberizing. The brackets (and the bolts on top) are painted Tak green. Removes and attaches easily.

Now I just hope the weather clears up!

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#3 Tim C

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:50 PM

very nice!

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 10:11 PM

?

Both my NJP and EM-10 trays are attached with wingnuts. Not sure I can picture how you'd fold the tripod if the tray were riveted.

-Tim.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 07:07 AM

Looks great, I like the double tray idea. I use the have to same problem with my old Super Polaris too, those tiny screws were always coming loose.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 07:49 AM

Tim - Maybe "rivets" is the wrong word - the top tray on my Tak mount has mounting studs attached that pop into holes on the three corner brackets - no nuts. The tray "pops" out when you want to fold the tripod legs. There are little adjustable threaded retainers that are supposed to help hold the studs in tight but they simply do not work.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:48 AM

There are little adjustable threaded retainers that are supposed to help hold the studs in tight but they simply do not work.


Hmmm... That's odd - mine work wonderfully. Nice second tray though!

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 03:27 PM

Hmmm... That's odd - mine work wonderfully. Nice second tray though!


Thanks Chris. And to be fair, mine works fine in actual use. But I have a tendency to leave the mount on the tripod (as in the photo), and when I move it back out into the yard in one piece like that, that's when the tray likes to pop out. :p

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 04:48 PM

Speaking of homemade EM-200 parts... A 2x4 for the legs, 3/4" furniture grade scrap for the tray, some paint and a few beers later:

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 07:28 PM

Chris -

Looks great except for that #8 car sticker :grin:

Dan in NY - go #24

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:01 PM

Chris - :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 05:22 AM

Chris -

Looks great except for that #8 car sticker :grin:

Dan in NY - go #24


Also a fan of #24,#48,#5,#00,#31... and I'll send $5 to anyone who wrecks the #18. :)






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