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#1 Elliot Gabor

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:26 AM

I've always been unsure about the weight limits of different rigs.  The Pilot for instance says it can handle "cameras" from 2-10lbs.  Does that mean that the total weight you can put on the stage is 10lbs?  How much can you put on the sled in total including monitor, batteries etc.?   I've definitly put more than 10lbs on my rig in the past.  The arm can handle up to about 13-15lbs before it starts sagging.


What is the total wight I can put on the sled and can I damage my gimbal by going over the weight limit by a couple of pounds?

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#2 Janice Arthur

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:35 AM


I think most rigs have component that are at least 10-15% more than rated but that's only an educated guess.

The longer term question is day in and day out your rig will suffer more wear and tear damage when using more than the rated norm.

Top stages will flex more and gimbal yolks etc and over time that's the stuff that kind of gets torn up.

So because these small rigs don't cost much I get my value out of them and make a profit of whatever I think is good then sell them pretty cheap and then buy a new one.

As with you I just know they probably have a limited lifespan. I had a pilot from 2008 that I got a really return on that I just sold very cheap to a young beginner and he was thrilled and I threw in some extra stuff and cleaned out an area too

Have a good week

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