Drilling gimbal handle for Low mode bracket
Posted 03 February 2012 - 11:52 PM
Do you guys use your low mode brackets? or just flip the sled over?
Posted 04 February 2012 - 01:10 AM
Jerry mentioned on the workshop, that if you have an older system (or in your case a system without the low mode hole)
you should just drill one.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 05:10 AM
I had an mk-v gimbal for 4 years and never ever used a low mode bracket. You have enough clearance with a handle that long, so you aren't hitting the sled, so you do not need to invert the handle to remove the obstruction.
Just pop your bracket in upside down and use a post collar to secure it in the arm. This will give you a few inches lower, but by then you are probably all contorted trying to get your grip that low on the post comfortably. Plus most mk-vs had a 4 stage post, so you don really need to get your hand that uncomfortably low anyway.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:06 AM
Now for the drilling: It's important to not trust any sort of clamp to hold the gimbal handle to the inverted "arm post" of the F-bracket. Danger Will Robinson!
Don't worry about the hole and strength; just make the hole about 3/16th inch in diameter and use a #10 hardened screw (or a quick pin from McMaster Carr or other supplier). The hole must go all the way through so the pin is in what is called "double shear." It's much stronger that way.
A 1/8th inch diameter hole is fine as well, perhaps better for a 5/8ths post system.
I wouldn't drill it free-hand; and it will go better (more likely to be well centered) if you do it on a mill.