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My version of the Magliner vertical cart.

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Hi!

My name is John and I work as a sound engineer in Sweden. Often alone but sometimes as sound mixer or boom operator. I have been around on jwsound a couple of years now. And there are so many of you that has inspired me, in different ways. I have probably read and seen all of your bags and carts over and over. Memorized details and collected inspiration.

A couple of months ago I decided to build me a bag cart for an upcoming job. Since I'm all for "DIY", I would love to have it made with 8020 aluminum frames etc. But I didn't dare to do it and would probably not afford it...

So I decided to go with the Magliner stuff. I have worked with a lot of different carts but I have always felt that they were too big and too wide. So I want my cart to be as narrow as possible, but still rigid and fully functional without compromises.

And since I don't like to sit too far from set or next to video village, a smaller cart can get closer to set so I can through in another boom if needed.

I've spent a lot of time thinking about this and it starts to get the way I wanted. I thought I could share my ideas with you as a "thanks for the inspiration" and maybe some of you gets inspired as well.

I still have some stuff on it's way, so it's not done yet. But soon.

Kind regards

John

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I will add more photos as the cart gets modified. And when the gear I've ordered gets here.

On my to do list are:
-Handle underneath the nose plate
-LED strips underneath the shelves with dimmers
-Move the wheels to have them behind the cart
-Bigger wheels
-Umbrella holder
-45Ah LiFe Peli battery and power distribution from Audioroot
-PSC RF six pack in the bag with low profile Kortwich snake.
-RF venue diversity antenna


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Really nice bag cart (and thanks for all the views). All of the fittings seem to be very well done and you have achieved your main goal of very small, lightweight and narrow. Interesting approach you took with the kick plate --- looks like you turned it upside down and then mounted caster wheels --- I have not seen that done before.

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Yop, Realy nice John, Jason too, it is possible to fold/remove it for travels ?

After i have seen yours i'm thinking about built a new one... ::)

Mine is about 16 years old... a little bit time marked but still usable yet.

The idea is to work with the most flexible, light and small package as possible,

save the energy for the real work: sound recording. And enjoy it!

Cart: w46xd32xh120cm 6.kg

Box: w56xw36xh42cm 4kg.

Mounting time 10min.

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Thank you! No. I it won't fold. But when the wheels has changed position the width will be 14,5"/37cm and height 40"/102cm. The depth I don't know yet. So I guess it would fit in almost any car if a seat is folded and the cart rolled in on its back.

John

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It's just a standard SKB flight case. I actually don't fix it to the nose plate. It stays really secure and is easy to set up and break down quickly. If you wanted to you could easily run a strap under the nose plate from handle to handle. But really, it doesn't move once I have it on there.

Jason, what is the rack case you have? How does it attach to the Film Tools upright?

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Hey John,

 

I've been using a similar setup and you inspired me to add some casters to my cart. Mine originally came with the short magnesium nose but I replaced it with this in the largest option (for anyone interested). I was limited to what I could find at home depot so I ended up mounting it with 5/16" carriage bolts after drilling the holes. They stick up a bit so it wouldn't work with a rack case but for now its fine with my plastic tool boxes. I'll hunt around for a more flush option. 

 

The hooks I use come from container store and fit perfectly on the lips of the shelves, about $3 each and you can move them around if need be. 

 

Also another tip, I like to take the rain cover from my bag and stick it to the top shelf, works great for keeping the back at an angle. 

 

 

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An idea for your umbrella mounting: steadi-cam strength 750 spud steel hardware with steel bar to spread the load if to shelf, or steadi-cam nose pin. Both flavors on the cart shown. Umbrellas are stored with heads attached.

 

You don't see the top of the 'brella, but the totally-extended brella pole may be observed at odd angle. Pole's long to get it above folks' heads for the setting sun.

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Oops, found closer shot in action.

 

It's not only small, but has wind vents since it's design includes wind vents.

 

Reflective silver (nyeh) on the other side.

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Thanks for the idea! I'm not sure where I could mount a spud... My plan was to just put a super clamp (cart side)- magic arm - super clamp to a simple golf umbrella.

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Thanks for the idea! I'm not sure where I could mount a spud... My plan was to just put a super clamp (cart side)- magic arm - super clamp to a simple golf umbrella.

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That's what I use. It can be awkward to get into the right position when the sun is low.

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Man... this thing is so beautiful. I absolutely love the sense of minimalist purpose you have going here... and it appears to be as light as can be (yet incredibly sturdy).

I want this :-)

 

Who would have thought... "cart porn".

 

By the way... is that an optical illusion of the furry closer to the lens... or is that a SUPER-long-haired furry? If so... where did you get it? It looks like one of the Rycote "animal" jammers... but the fur is SO long (apparently)?

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