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Todd Terry
Harbor Freight to the rescue
on Jul 23, 2014 at 5:18:22 pm
Last Edited By Todd Terry on Jul 23, 2014 at 5:20:49 pm

I'll probably post this in Cinematography as well (more appropriate there), but thought I'd pass it along in here, too... some might find it useful.

Found myself on location needing a very low but fast dolly shot... faster than I can actually dolly, and much longer than the track we have (I needed to follow a runner in a stadium).

I thought I'd just do it with my Jeep, but being an unanticipated shot we didn't have any of the gak with us needed to rig a car mount, and certainly nothing that low or in that position.

Trusty ol' Harbor Freight was nearby and $15 and one trailer-hitch attachment later I had an underslung car mount that worked like a charm.







Great thing is that they have these hitch attachments in various different drops and lengths, etc., and all dirt cheap.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=ball+mount+hitch


"Harbor Freight. Just don't buy our power tools."

T2

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Steve Kownacki
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
on Jul 23, 2014 at 6:23:10 pm

Pretty cool Todd! Not to mention you can pick up your free tape measure, tarp, LED light, screwdrivers, and more with the influx of coupons they send.

Steve





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Mark Suszko
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
on Jul 23, 2014 at 6:46:43 pm

I own one of those hitch thingies, and that's a pretty cool idea. I think they also sell a "bumper step" that plugs into hitch receivers, that makes a little platform you could clamp things to.

also see this one:

http://www.harborfreight.com/hitch-mount-vise-plate-66260.html



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Todd Terry
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
on Jul 23, 2014 at 6:50:31 pm

Hadn't seen that particular plate, Mark... lot of possibilities with that one, too.

"Harbor Freight. 'Chicago Tools' is Chinese for 'One Use.'"

T2

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Bob Cole
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:51:13 am

Very ingenious; I'm assuming you didn't hit any potholes!

Bob C


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Mark Suszko
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
on Jul 24, 2014 at 4:00:49 pm

Not to worry, Bob: Harbor also sells shop vacs:-)


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Bill Davis
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
on Jul 25, 2014 at 5:42:42 pm

Not to worry, Bob: Harbor also sells shop vacs:-

Yeah, but I hear they kinda suck.






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