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Quote:Love it! It only seems to work for small weights thought, right?
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Quote:Also if I'm not mistaken this will only work in an upright position, if inverted the weight would disingage itself would it not?
Quote:Don, I can see where something like the mechanism you suggest would be helpful if I were using an aluminum tube for the counterweight shaft.
I chose 5/16" stainless rod because I guessed that this would be the minimum size that would be stiff enough. If vibration turns out to be a problem, the first thing I would try would be a larger diameter stainless shaft or possibly a stainless tube.
I think an aluminum tube or even a solid aluminum rod would not work well with my mechanism since it would be too easily damaged by the clamp. A different type of clamp that spreads the force more evenly, like you suggest, would be helpful though it seems more difficult to construct.