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  • Cool gadget review articulating arm

    Here's an inexpensive articulating arm handy for mounting lights mirrors, coolant spouts and sprays, dial indicators in and on machine tools, weighty bases or magnetic bases. It's simple and well made, Essentially it's five links articulating on three joints, released by a single control knob, adjusted by hand manipulation, locks by means of fine pitch serrated face clutches, and is rigid once fixed in position, no slip. The terminations are screw and shoulder for which a variety of knurled knobs and attachments are included.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...ng+11&_sacat=0

    There is a 7" version as well. Hunt for it using similar search objects.

    If you weren't interested in buying one on spec or for a specific purpose it would certainly serve a home shop guy as inspiration for a wide line of creatively made gadgetry.

    If one were to search eBay under "photo lighting" and like heads he will find a number of photo lighting apparatus items suited for the home shop. Poles and clamps to construct drawing supports, reference targets, route piping and hoses, construct enclosures for paint or weld, single purpoase lighting, cat gymnasuims, the mind boggles..
    Last edited by Forrest Addy; 12-22-2012, 12:17 AM.

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    What? No Vise Grips?
    Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
    ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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    • #3
      Wes

      Forrest has no vices to grip, he is a clean liver.

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      • #4
        There are also machinist versions with magnetic bases and adaptors for dial indicators. Noga articulating arms are probably better quality: http://www.noga.com/nogaCategories.php?catID=hold

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        • #5
          Originally posted by elf View Post
          There are also machinist versions with magnetic bases and adaptors for dial indicators. Noga articulating arms are probably better quality: http://www.noga.com/nogaCategories.php?catID=hold
          Sorry, but does your Noga (never heard of) have serrated locking surfaces that ensure no-slip condition?
          Amount of experience is in direct proportion to the value of broken equipment.

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          • #6
            Noga is an excellent quality product, but I think the whole point of the Forrest's post was to show something similar, but a way less expensive.
            Last edited by MichaelP; 12-23-2012, 01:50 AM.

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            • #7
              True Noga is good quality from Israel along same lines as other producers for decades.
              The difference here is the cheapie is made in china and simpler design that wont lock by just your fingers.

              As regards the serrations, they are not wanted for what the Noga is designed to do. You cant position in between a serration.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hareng View Post
                As regards the serrations, they are not wanted for what the Noga is designed to do. You cant position in between a serration.
                And the point being was that the serrations were the idea of this product, so suggesting something like Noga is a no go.
                Amount of experience is in direct proportion to the value of broken equipment.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jaakko Fagerlund View Post
                  And the point being was that the serrations were the idea of this product, so suggesting something like Noga is a no go.
                  Too deep of a thought for me.

                  Noga is different mechanically, but has the the same goal: single control for multiple joints assuring a rigid no slip positioning of the articulated arm.

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