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Using the Side-Saddle

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:11 pm
by alt-az-builder
The side-saddle offers some outstanding advantages. It provides a direct connection to the yoke structure of the Hitch Hiker, increasing rigidity and capacity while actually decreasing weight.

However, it is important to keep in mind that anytime the clamping lever is not locked the load should be considered to be free -- and the user must FULLY support the load. Sometimes when one unlocks the operating lever of the clamp the inner cleat lever may not instantly release -- and there may be the illusion that the load is still being held. But do NOT rely on this! If the operating lever is not locked, the load could come loose suddenly!

If the clamp is not locked and the inner cleat lever did not immediately release, a slight forward movement of the load will almost certainly release the cleat. Always follow this rule: Whenever the operating lever is unlocked, FULLY support your camera or scope.

Also, when removing the load from the side-saddle, use a finger to make sure the inner cleat lever retracts completely. This will prevent the cleat from marring the quick-plate.

When inserting a quick-plate in the side-saddle, engage the lower edge of the quick-plate into the lower jaw of the clamp -- and then rotate the top edge of the quick-plate flush into the saddle. Then lock the clamp with operating lever.

And as always -- if you have questions about operating your Hitch Hiker you can post those questions in this forum.


Re: Using the Side-Saddle

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:43 pm
by Sunlight
At some point...with all the free time you have (lol)... would it be possible to make YouTube videos of all these suggestions you are bringing to our attention. Often times a picture or in this case a video is much more effective at getting the point across than the written word. Thanks!

Re: Using the Side-Saddle

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:11 pm
by alt-az-builder
Hi Frank,

Yes -- videos and annotated photos will come.