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All.

I have posted this last week onto RBW, but I thought I would share it with you peeps too in case (like me) you need a stand to get into the thing! For the original posts, got o RBW for full information please.

read on and drop me a line if you need any further info.

Regards,

Chris






"I have been talking very closely with John @ KT for a while over the subject of the stand.

I have had one of the stands and have just returned from 12 days diving in Malta, having dived the new stand for most of my stay.

I believe that there have been a few reported issues/concerns with this stand.

I would like to say a few points, that come from actually diving the stand. All of this is objective, but it has come from actually diving the stand

1) As per usual, is is the KT bulletproof engineering. I have the 2.5mm thickness version.

2) To my pleasant surprise,trim in the water is totally unaffected by the weight / size / placement of any part of the stand. Previous to diving the stand, I dived with most of the weights in the top pockets and small trim weights upon the waistbelt. I have not had to change the weight distribution in the water one little bit. At all times, the stand is immensly comfortable. In fact, I never noticed it once in the water, this tells me that it does not snag / pull / alter the trim of the unit one little bit.

3) I have had 4 "eyes" welded at each corner of the stand for reels etc. All of these are 10mm 316, so are extremely strong, and as such, will only bend if given severe abuse.

4) Most of the weight of the stand is contained close to the backplate, so this will explain that there is no noticeable effect to the trim as this weight is very close to your back.

Future modifications:-
1) John is modifying the base part of the stand to extend out from it`s current size and shape. It is intended that the new shape fo the stand base will closely echo the plate that shields the cylinders and scrubber base. He is also welding on more 316 to give 20mm more cage to the front of the stand (where the divers bum will be). These 2 mods, will overcome the only niggle that it is not as stable as it could be in full dive trim/weight. MODS NOW DONE

2) I have also asked John to trim the length of the adjustable legs by -30mm. This is purely for my "perfect set-up" to match my back height and is wholly my personal preference. MODS NOW DONE

All in all, the stand is an awesome piece of kit, very well engineered and is yet again, a true testament to John`s engineering skills and reputation.

Tonight, I will try to take some piccies of the set-up and will post them too on this site.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

I will do my best to answer them asap to the best of my knowledge.

And, no! I do not work for KT!!!"
 

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For a selling price, you would be better talking to John @ KT as he was still looking into this when I was testing the stand. I believe it to be in the £150-£175 bracket.

as for weight, I reckon that it has the effect of losing around 1.5kgs to 2kgs off my previous weighting.

I hope that this helps in some way.

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Any problems with getting the scrubber in and out with the new profile to the foot plate?

I can't quite think how much clearance there is as standard...


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It is tighter getting it in, yes.

But all I do is loosen off the 2 velcro straps for the main casing a little and it`s quickly resolved.

Hope this answer helps.
 

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It is tighter getting it in, yes.

But all I do is loosen off the 2 velcro straps for the main casing a little and it`s quickly resolved.

Hope this answer helps.

Thanks.
Would lowering the foot not create a bit more clearance?

Oh,for anyone else thinking of placing an order, the stand is looking to be available in about 2 -3 weeks.


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Would I be correct in thinking that the foot postion is fixed?

If so, how much do the think the foot would need to be lowered to prevent the scrubber fouling?

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I didn't have any problems getting the scrubber in and out, well other than the need for the usual four hands and biceps like a fork lift truck ram.
 

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I didn't have any problems getting the scrubber in and out, well other than the need for the usual four hands and biceps like a fork lift truck ram.
Is the foot profile on yours the same?

I thought there was a change to the later one?

If you're having problems with getting the unit together or more likely apart, change the grease you use.

Simon Campbell (the unsuccessful NDO candidate) has a blog, on it he writes of doing a maintenance course at VR, where Molycote 111 was recommended.

Molycote 111 is a release agent...

I got some, it really makes a difference.



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