Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ideas on Transporting the Mini-Crab Dolly

My son and I were again hired out to film another MMA fighting match here in snowy northern Ohio. Here Mini-Crab #157 in 'stripped-down' mode is waiting to be loaded into the back of our Mercury Mountaineer.
It takes three people to safely lift the dolly into the back of the SUV, that's without the heavy hydraulic lift (one on each side and someone in back). I suppose if you work-out...maybe two. If you're lifting the Mini-Crab with the hydraulic lift attached, then four people (two on each side) should be able to do it comfortably "hearse-style", without throwing any one persons back out.
All packed up and ready to go! Mini-Crab #157 and it's accessories is on it's way to do another 'on-location' job. The hydraulic lift is in the red milk-crate. Weighing in at a whopping 71 pounds, the hydraulic lift is braced inside the milk-crate to prevent tipping during transport.
We first thought about getting a 6' garden-tractor trailer to transport the dolly when we're hired out. We found the family's SUV works just as well and has better protection against the elements. After all, William Sargent designed the dolly to be perfectly compact (yes...Mini!) and easy to transport.

Hope these photos/ideas help in transporting your ColorTran Mini-Crab Dolly. Especially, if you're not fortunate enough to own the carrying case that was originally designed by Mr. Sargent.

Incidentally...if you have the carrying case and don't need me and I would be happy to purchase it from you! My son and I seem to have a lot of 'on-location' shoots using the Mini-Crab and we would love to have one! If you have other ideas on transporting the Mini-Crab...please share them with us!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Vintage Ad of the Mini-Crab Dolly

An attractive model taking a bubble bath and the Mini-Crab from a photo shoot...What more could one say? Perfect!

What's inside the Mini-Crab Dolly? Steven Bradford...Keeper of Mini-Crab #34 Shows Us!

Our good friend, Steven Bradford of Seattle, Washington has been restoring his Mini-Crab Dolly. Steven is currently working on the hydraulic system and has carefully flipped his Mini-Crab over and removed the lower panel. Here are some great shots of the 'mechanics' of our favorite dolly! The ColorTran Mini-Crab. Click on any image to enlarge for greater detail.
An image of the undercarriage soon after the lower panel was removed.
This image shows some of the hydraulic and CO2 fittings.
The chain and its intricate path. This truly took a mastermind to design! William Sargent is the genius designer and inventor of this self-contained dolly that was way ahead of it's time.