I received my Eq-Tech Platform today. I have not had a chance to use it yet. However I wanted to pass a long some of my initial observations because I did see a couple of differences not mentioned in the prior posts.
The platform arrived undamaged and the packaging was the same as previously mentioned.
The first difference I noticed that the platform wood was not sealed with any type of sealer or finish. The wood looks to be bare. The edges were sanded smooth though. No problem, it's not too difficult apply a sealer to the platform.
The second difference I noticed is a small plastic compass which includes a bubble level had been installed on the platform base (see the first pic below). The direction arrow doesn't look to be installed perpendicular to the front edge of the base. I haven't verified yet but the magnetic declination adjustment for my location is 8 degrees 57" West so the amount of the offset may be related to magnetic declination adjustment. Regardless I had a good Suunto compass and a separate larger bubble level that I will be using for leveling and alignment with True North.
A small yellow handled Phillips screwdriver was included (see second pic below). This is nice but I already have one of these.
I noticed two differences for both the North and South sectors attached to the bottom of the top platform; 1) The South sector edge is beveled along the entire sector (see pic three below), 2) The first half of the edge of the North sector is beveled (see pic four below), and 3) No friction material was installed on the sectors. Regarding #1 and #2, the beveled areas are the dark areas on the sectors, probably resulting from burns from the saw blade. I suspect the beveling is an attempt to minimize or correct the tracking speed issue as mentioned in Nils Olof Carlin's post #14 which refers to the tracking surface of the sectors being flat. Regarding #3, I don't know why no friction materials sectors. No problem since it seems most people replace the original material anyway.
The bottom platform base was left in a square shape as I requested. I installed the four leveling casters (see pic five below).
Lastly, the weight of the platform is lighter than expected. I am not a woodworker but I suspect the plywood is birch. Regardless, it seems strong enough to handle my 8" reflector (about 52 lbs) with no problems.
Initially I am satisfied with the purchase. Reading this thread really helped to manage my expectations. I will need to test out the tracking and get some experience with the platform under my belt before rendering a final opinion.
I would be interested in getting feedback from other CN'ers about the affect on tracking accuracy with the beveled North and South sectors.
Edited by Quibbley, 21 November 2020 - 04:30 PM.