FAQ-RailDolly Traveler

FAQ-RailDolly Traveler

How heavy of camera can I use on the RailDolly?

 You can use virtually size camera on the RailDolly. We have tested the carriage up to 200 pounds. The other materials and/or stands that you use are the items that will show signs of stress first as heavier loads are placed on the system. One of the unique benefits of the RailDolly is the ability to use square/rectangular pipe/tube for the rails. If you need a solid and rigid system for a heavy camera rig (50+ pounds) the combination of the RailDolly on square material is a great solution.

What kind of pipe/rail should I use?

 The Raildolly can be used on any hard rigid pipe with an outside diameter between 1-2″. For the best results you will want to use a material with a smooth surface. EMT (a type of electrical conduit) can be used and is very commonly available but the surface is not smooth enough to be used for precise movement when you’re shooting at a longer focal length. 4 Materials that we recommend are:

(1) Heavy Duty Chrome Closet Pole that is available at Home Depot and other construction retailers. It comes in 4, 6, and 8′ length and is good for camera rigs up to around 25lb.

(2) 1-1/4″,  Schedule 80, 6061 Aluminum Pipe. This is what is commonly referred to as “speed rail” or “grip pipe” and is an ideal material to use with the RailDolly. You can use camera rigs up to 100lb at up to 10′ without center supports. This is a common material that most metal suppliers will be able to provide.

(3) 1.5×2″ Rectangular 6061 Aluminum Tube For Larger/heavier camera rigs this is a great material to make a solid and rigid system. Again, this would be available commonly through a metal supplier. 

(4) Our PortaRail system is a very precise and portable solution. It does come at a price but if you need your system to be transportable it is a great option.

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