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Pretty impressive. Does anyone know a place in NYC that has them?
I know a New York Key Grip invented it, but I haven't seen it for sale yet.
The inventors name is Stian Nilsen, living in NY, www.nilsengear.com.
I have spoken to him and made a prototype of the trackjack for my BarTrack, which will be also applicable for other brands. Pics on my website will be coming up soon.
That was me, Onno
Onno, you are correct, Thanks.
oops, Onno I just worked all night and was a little bleary. I somehow thought you were saying that was you about something else. Don't ask, I just had my wires crossed after 14 hours.
It's okay, I won't hunt you down; that would be a real long flight (8hrs) for a guy like me with fear of aircrafts!..-)
I am crosswired as well: combination of two long days (18hrs each) and the stress of the preparation to finish all products before the BSC-exhibition.
it's a neat idea but it's use is limited to level surfaces.where you don't need it!
if you have to get down to a 8 ft track as i am seeing to not cause kaos when you are whirling around, why not just get off start from scratch and regroup.
you know they are going block and relight you will have plenty of time to lay some track if you even need track,especially where this apparatus is being used.
sorry to be the wet blanket.
here is the silver lining stian why don't you retool your invention for quick changing of wheels as well.
Anonymous makes some good points. I still think they'll be a big hit. If only for the gadget heads.
It is such an impressive video that one does not really think if there is any application for it at all. Any surface that is smooth enough to roll a peice of 8 ft track with a dolly on it on caster's should be smooth enough to go without track. Also if you do need to level the track you'd have to get the dolly off it anyhow. ... But a really impressive video. One more question. It looks as though the jack works by squeezing the track outword against the ties to jack the wheels down. On Alu track this could cause it to bend .
I have been looking at this youtubefilm for quite a while, and yes indeed, this prototype does seem to bend out the track a little and that cannot be of any good.
I have made a variation on this idea for my BarTrack which does not squeeze the track outwards. (pictures soon, and applicable with some small adjustments to any other brand of track).
The last two weeks I have been using my jacks (with 8 centiometer wheels) nearly everyday: on carpet, wooden floors, concrete, tiles(?). It works great!
In the case that we needed to relevel the track we just started with the pieces where the dolly was NOT on, released the jacks and run the dolly to the leveled track and than relevel the lifted track. It works very fast and easy.
(ever tried on a two-man-grip-department to squeze in a 8feet track between a 9feet wall to wall and get the dolly on? did you like it?)
There is another way to get a dolly onto an 8 ft track squeezed between a 9 ft wall. You take a 19mm thick ply board , size - width about 3 inches wider than the dolly and 6 ft long, and rest one side of its length on the track on one side. Get a focus puller or PA / AD to stand on the track, roll the dolly up the ply so that it is now on the ply over the track. Roll it off the ply onto the track. Works very well.
okay "the grip works", You win! :-) For me it is a very useful gadget, but not a you-cannot-live-without-it...
Oooh, Onno, I saw that one coming. ;-)
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