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#1 The Pontificator

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 08:16 AM

I have one. It's made of some sort of transparent, orange-colored plastic. I've not seen them available in years.

Any sources?

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 08:28 AM

I have one. It's made of some sort of transparent, orange-colored plastic. I've not seen them available in years.

Any sources?

Last time I heard of them being on the market was before 2000. They worked nice for dual line kites.
For quads you need to adjust the upper lines as a pair and then the lower lines as a pair. Then you need to check that the upper and lower lines are reasonably close to being the same length.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:13 AM

Special tool for equalizing lines????????????????????????????????

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:15 AM

Yeah I have one too. Have no idea where you would get it now though as I too have had mine for years. They are a great time saver, especially for quad lines, where you have so many to do. I regularly set up quad sets for all 4 members of our team (16 lines) at once and equalise them all to each other.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:54 AM

I didn't know such a machine existed!!!!!

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:16 PM

I didn't know such a machine existed!!!!!



Try here

http://www.bfk.com/kite/ki25002.htm

thats the one I have also or use a climax line winder it has little cut outs just for equalizing your lines :rolleyes:
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:19 PM

ive seen them years ago but ive always dpne my lines by feel .. so far so good
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:11 PM

Try here

http://www.bfk.com/kite/ki25002.htm

thats the one I have also or use a climax line winder it has little cut outs just for equalizing your lines :rolleyes:


That's it! That's the one! Unfortunately, BFK Sports doesn't seem to exist anymore. Their new site, www.kitestore.com is 'under construction'.

I'll do a search on Moran. I had been under the impression that they were made by M.L.D., which made polycarbonate winders using the same material.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:19 PM

Don't mean to sound ignorant...but a question un-asked.....

How exactly does this little tool work????? (abbreviated description is OK)

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 02:15 PM

Don't mean to sound ignorant...but a question un-asked.....

How exactly does this little tool work????? (abbreviated description is OK)

Thanks,
P

The picture is for dual lines equalizer. They came in several colors.
I have never seen one specifically for quads, but you can still use the dual.

You put one line on each hook.
There is an arrow in the middle.
Watch which way it goes as you pull on the ring. Don't pull to hard as you could break it.
The arrow will tell you which line NOT to shorten.

Short enough?

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 02:16 PM

duplicate, deleted!

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 05:56 PM

That works for me....Thanks John..... :D

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:24 PM

Wow, now I have worked out what those littel holes with funny shaped pins are for on some of my winders.

Thanks guys.

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 03:06 AM

I've been looking to buy a Climax line winder or two for just this purpose. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be available in the US. :(

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 08:12 AM

I had never seen or heard of these things!!!

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 09:41 AM

I just got back from a quick fly. It’s a very windy day which wore me out fast. I looked at some of my line winders and 2 out of 3 have a hole with a hook on the ends and a finger size hole in the back middle. Hook a line on each end and hold the winder with a finger thru the middle, pull your finger and “bingo”. (the other ends are tied down even) Short line pulls the most. Pull harder with the finger and see what happens to your lines under pressure. Are we just figuring this out? I am. :o

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 11:56 AM

I just got back from a quick fly. It’s a very windy day which wore me out fast. I looked at some of my line winders and 2 out of 3 have a hole with a hook on the ends and a finger size hole in the back middle. Hook a line on each end and hold the winder with a finger thru the middle, pull your finger and “bingo”. (the other ends are tied down even) Short line pulls the most. Pull harder with the finger and see what happens to your lines under pressure. Are we just figuring this out? I am. :o


Well there you go :lol: :lol: why not buy your climax winders from a UK shop ? He He makes a change :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:15 AM

Let me see if I can upload a pic of a Moran equalizer tool "in use"...

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#19 The Pontificator

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 01:21 PM

Your chances of having equalized lines are better if:

1. You ensure your sleeving is all of equal length
2. You pre-stretch your line before cutting it in half or quarters.
3. You ensure the 'free' end of the line coming out of the end of the sleeving is all the same length (I go a half-inch).

This morning I finished a 50' dual line set I had started (cough, cough) about SEVEN YEARS AGO :lol: but never finished meaning I cut a 100' length of line, put four pieces of sleeving on it and tied the ends but never did anything else but put it on a winder. After I finished it I used the equalizer to check it. Perfecto!

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 08:20 PM

http://www.deeteeent...PitchGauges.php

An RC heli pitch gauge could be modified slightly to achieve the same results.




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