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Offline grbmds

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Boom Arm - Floor Support
« on: November 14, 2013, 01:46 PM »
When assembling the boom arm, the pictures show the floor support tubes as if they are touching the floor. After putting it together, it would appear that they should be just a little bit off the floor or movement of the vacuum with the supports in place would be difficult as they would scrape. Should they be mounted so the bottom flat part of the tube is just a little off the floor?
Randy

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Offline copcarcollector

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 02:15 PM »
Those tubes really can't be completely flat on the ground, as the cross pieces between them lift the tubes off the ground some. If you check the instruction manual, first inside page image #1, part #1.1 are the cross pieces I am talking about.

I have added some images of my set up, maybe that will help you out! I have the brake set on my CT 26 as well. I do not plan to move my vac around with the boom arm attached - but I think those outriggers are just to keep the whole thing from tipping over, if they were slightly off the ground I do not see why it would matter.Let me know if you have additional questions...

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Offline grbmds

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2013, 02:59 PM »
Thanks. That's about like I installed them. Too bad you even need them. It appears that there is no good way to keep the handle from sliding through the bracket at the bottom without installing the floor supports. The support brackets seem to keep the handle in place also (at least on the CT48). They are kind of in the way because they stick out so far. i have them installed like your; pointing away from the handle. It seems to save some floor space around the vac.
Randy

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2013, 08:48 PM »
My boom arm support legs are solidly in contact with the floor - right in the corner where they've been since I bought the boom arm. 

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Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013, 09:30 PM »
My boom arm support legs are solidly in contact with the floor - right in the corner where they've been since I bought the boom arm. 

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Mine too.  It's just too awkward to get around in my small woodworking shed with the supports attached.  If anyone would like mine (and will either pick them up or pay the shipping) they can have them.
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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 12:32 AM »
I also have removed my support legs.. I move my ct26 around often and they just got in the way. It's a love / hate relationship with my boom arm. You just have to be careful not to pull hose in a manner which could cause vac to tip. You could compare support legs to training wheels on a bike. If I had the vac stationary , I would certainly use them.

Offline johninthecamper

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 01:37 AM »
I put roller casters on mine,used wood, started to crack after a while,replaced with metal tube caster brackets.problem is I did when I moved and someone of three people that helped put the wheels in some box, six months ,still not organized and they haven't turned up. sure would like to install with the metal.got the green in line skate wheels from rockler
« Last Edit: November 15, 2013, 10:37 AM by johninthecamper »

Offline grbmds

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2013, 06:58 AM »
I also have removed my support legs.. I move my ct26 around often and they just got in the way. It's a love / hate relationship with my boom arm. You just have to be careful not to pull hose in a manner which could cause vac to tip. You could compare support legs to training wheels on a bike. If I had the vac stationary , I would certainly use them.

I have a CT48. I'd take the supports off too. However, the tubes from the handle don't seem to stay in the bracket. They work themselves downward since there is no bottom to the plastic support they are installed in. I couldn't tighten the bracket down past a certain point and that isn't tight enough to keep the handle from gradually slipping farther downward till the bottom ends of the handle tubes are touching the wheels.
Randy

Offline Bhend18

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2013, 12:33 AM »
I removed the floor supports from my CT 36. I had them off for a while and pulled a little too hard one day. The vac tipped over and I cracked the hose garage.  [scared] I replaced the hose garage, but never put the supports back on. I'm just a little more careful now.
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Offline grbmds

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2013, 09:45 AM »
I'm thinking of trying the supports without the crosspieces and folding them inward so they are still providing some support but don't stick out so fare to the side. If that works, maybe cutting the crosspieces shorter and redrilling the holes for the mounting screws would be an option. I actually don't plan on moving it very much anyway. The supports were kind of an unpleasant surprise when I got the vac. The other negative when I got it was assembly. Getting the hose on the arm is difficult. Lucky it's really a one-time thing. I love the vac so far though; quiet and efficient.
Randy

Offline Charlie Mac

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2013, 11:25 AM »
I also have the Ct48 and boom arm. I also never put the stabilizer legs on. I went out and checked it. It was very tight. I pushed down on the handle and it wouldn't move. Have you tried a complete assembly using all seven points of contact between the handle and mounts?
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Offline grbmds

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2013, 12:49 PM »
7 points? I did have problems tightening the 4 screws that hold the base for the handle and boom arm. I don't quite understand why there is no bottom to the base bracket on the vac. If there were, this would not be a problem. The bottom is open where the handle fits. I first thought I had the bracket upside down but it wouldn't work any other way.

Do you mean that regardless of whether you installed the support feet, the brackets themselves should be installed? I guess the bottom one would prevent the handle from sliding down since I can get that tight. I thought those brackets were specifically to install the feet.
Randy

Offline Charlie Mac

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2013, 02:52 PM »
Here's the first six points.


And the last.

Offline grbmds

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2013, 10:42 PM »
Not sure about the top 2. I will look again. I did install the bar that the handle rests against but there were no screws or brackets that actually held the handle in place. It just rested against the rubber ends of this bar.
Randy

Offline grbmds

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2013, 01:35 AM »
Thanks Charlie,

I missed the small screws into the handles at the bottom when I was putting it together. I found them and now I understand why it didn't work as expected. Felt kind of dumb I missed them when I looked at the drawing again.

Randy

Offline Charlie Mac

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Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2013, 10:55 AM »
Well..I had forgotten all about them...which is not surprising. Anyways, glad it worked out.

Re: Boom Arm - Floor Support
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2013, 08:21 PM »
Glade end users are using them, I've never set mine up, I guess I move my vac too much.

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