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#1 Michael Desiderio

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:43 PM

Just picked up an R6 Rock n Roller cart to keep us going until we grab a magliner or something similar.  Just curious what others have done, if anything, to enhance the use of these carts.  Any luck in adding a docking bracket to the handle?  I'm worried it isn't stiff enough or strong enough to support the weight of a fully loaded 60+lbs rig.


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#2 Robert G. Christman

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 04:01 PM

I own one myself for smaller gigs when my magliner is simply too big for loc. I wouldn't reccomend putting a stud thru the handle to use a dock. Not because of weight (my cart supports up to 350 lbs and has air pressures tired in the back and front), but because even with a proper top and bottom shelf, the handles tend to wiggle and giggle regardless. If you have a rig for smaller cameras I couldn't see the harm in using it to transport your sled, but still wouldn't reccomend it.
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#3 Michael Desiderio

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:34 PM

Yeah it would really just be there for relief as a place to dock.  It looks like the metal is too thin and fragile through the existing metal though and likely to sheer off with a heavy load....maybe I'll just have to wait for a big cart.


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#4 Frederic Sturm

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 06:20 AM

Hey Michael,

I recently got an R12 and love how it folds and expands from small transport to huge working configuration. Also it's loghtweight and still carries all the weight you ever need it to carry, not to mention it's dirt cheap. So overall, really handy!

But as Robert said, I'd never trust the handles to carry a rig, even with a lightweight rig, the way they lock into place is much too fragile to trust it with $$$$$ worth of equipment, that's my feeling anyway. What you mitgh try is mounting a steadistand to the cart platform somehow and supporting it with the handle, then again, a magliner is much more suited and made for docking a rig. Doesn't have the huge range from big cart to tiny storage config though ;) I really love the expanding feature of the R'nR
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#5 Stephen Berke

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:32 PM

Attached File  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1394159428.478072.jpg   139.82KB   47 downloads

Not a steadicam. But thought you all might get a kick out of my spare time project. By attaching to the bottom shelf, I've avoided putting stress on the flimsy handles.
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#6 Frederic Sturm

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:58 AM

Stephen, that looks very cool!


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#7 Robert G. Christman

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:33 PM

Pretty cool!

Does the bottom part just sit, or is it bolted fitted to the bottom?


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#8 Stephen Berke

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 01:11 AM

Thanks guys.  It ended up being a bit more work than expected but it's been fun to figure out the details.  The bottom shelf is attached similarly to the stock bottom shelf.  I have steel brackets that swings out and clamp down on the bottom frame.  This prevents the bottom shelf from sliding around or lifting. I was originally going to just let gravity deal with it, but weight on the mast would lever the opposite side of the shelf off the frame.  Whoops.

 

The top shelf uses the stock brackets on one side, although I'm using quick release pins instead of the usual bolts and thumbscrew combo.  On the other side I built an aluminum bracket that the shelf sits on, it locks in place with two more quick release pins.  Finally the two shelves can strap together (i'm considering butterfly latches), so it remains pretty portable.  


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#9 Joe hell

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:10 PM

Hi Stephen,

Where did you find this aluminium dock for the c-stand?

Thanks


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#10 Joe hell

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:08 AM

Never mind I found it at bhphotovideo, cost $20
 


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