Constantin Posted March 2, 2016 Report Share Posted March 2, 2016 As an homage to Matthias Richter's long running thread, Berlin cart, I have called this one Cologne cart. This is to show my cart, but I would also like to encourage other Cologne based mixers, to show off their carts here, too. So my cart is based on two ABS cases. I am in no way a skilled handy worker, so this is not exactly beautiful craftsmanship and everything is improvised as I go along. I do try to think things through before building them, but more often than not that meant solving one problem while creating two new ones. All the parts are readily available at home depot or such like, except for the motors which I found on Ebay. I was so impressed by Simon and Stewart's rise-able cart that I decided to build something similar. Just a few days earlier I had found myself wanting to work stading up and then they just released their video, and I also came across Chindha's new cart, which can be positioned at two levels, but I just cannot bring myself to spend more than $6000 for something I can more or less build myself. Not as pretty, though, but as I prefer a fully enclosed cart, anyway, the open structure carts are not for me. So in my case, the entire upper case rises up by about 40cm, allowing me to work comfortably in a standing position, which is not only healthier, I also feel more active and it's easier to talk to others between takes - only about work related issues, of course. Or, if I feel like it, I can keep it in the lower position and sit down for work. The three motors (officially called "Linear actuators", I believe - at least on the box) I used were actually designed to move solar panels, but they can also move windows, doors and whatever. They are very sturdy and weather proof. I just couldn't come up with a way to use just one, which would then move some lift mechanism, so now there are three for better balance. I also stepped up the power for these to 24V from my 12V Cart power, which means they are a bit faster now, but they are very very noisy while moving up or down. It takes about 42 seconds to fully extend them, which feels like a lifetime when the entire crew is watching and listening. Although, just yesterday a grip said to me "Twice a day, even sound is allowed to make some noise". In the video below I replaced the sound by ever so subtle music, which came as part of iMovie. I just don't want most of the comments to be about the noise. I will add more pictures later, if and when there is some interest. CologneCart1.mov Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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