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    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    And that is one of the issues that both the OP and myself commented on. He is using it for a refractor, and when I had mine, I used it for a Z12 dob. In both cases, we used bungees to better secure it to the scopebuggy frame. In his case, I could see that refractor being really top heavy on the buggy. In my case, I was afraid of (and had it happen) that going over rough terrain, the rubber feet on the bottom of the dob base would pop up and out of the round collars meant to hold them in place, allowing the bottom of the dob base to sit directly on the frame and potentially slipping off. The bungee cords put enough tension on the base to prevent that from happening again.

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    I looked at both the JMI Wheeley Bars and the ScopeBuggy, and chose the ScopeBuggy. A disclaimer, I don't have the ScopeBuggy yet, so these comments compare the designs, not actual use.

    First, I like the ScopeBuggy because it has 10" Pneumatic tires. JMI offers 5" hard rubber casters as an option, which brings the price of the Wheeley Bars to about the same as the ScopeBuggy with the pnuematic tires. For rolling over grass I highly recommend larger wheels, and the pneumatic tires should cushion your scope from minor bumps.

    Second, The ScopeBuggy has the option of adjusting the height of the mounting surface. The 5" casters on the raise the tripod by 5-3/8". With the ScopeBuggy wheels in the "low" position, the tripod is raised about 3-1/4", and in the "high" position by about 8" (don't know why you would want to do that except possibly to provide more ground clearance.).

    I chose the ScopeBuggy because the 10" wheels will be much easier to roll across grass, expecially if the ground is a bit soft, and the cost of both was pretty much the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimk33 View Post
    I looked at both the JMI Wheeley Bars and the ScopeBuggy, and chose the ScopeBuggy. A disclaimer, I don't have the ScopeBuggy yet, so these comments compare the designs, not actual use.

    First, I like the ScopeBuggy because it has 10" Pneumatic tires. JMI offers 5" hard rubber casters as an option, which brings the price of the Wheeley Bars to about the same as the ScopeBuggy with the pnuematic tires. For rolling over grass I highly recommend larger wheels, and the pneumatic tires should cushion your scope from minor bumps.

    Second, The ScopeBuggy has the option of adjusting the height of the mounting surface. The 5" casters on the raise the tripod by 5-3/8". With the ScopeBuggy wheels in the "low" position, the tripod is raised about 3-1/4", and in the "high" position by about 8" (don't know why you would want to do that except possibly to provide more ground clearance.).

    I chose the ScopeBuggy because the 10" wheels will be much easier to roll across grass, expecially if the ground is a bit soft, and the cost of both was pretty much the same.

    Just my 2 cents.
    The large pneumatic tires do roll very easily across the grass, and should have a significant advantage over JMI's hard rubber casters. Where you do run into some moderate grief is not from the tires, but from the frame height. My Scopebuggy has fixed wheel mounts, with the frame only being about 3 inches off from the ground. If I've just cut the grass, it wheels around on the grass pretty easily with the large pneumatic tires, but if it's been a few days since I cut the grass last, the frame tends to hang up on the grass a bit and cause a good bit more drag while pulling it across the lawn. If you leave the stabilization screws down at all, they will also hang up on the grass. My suggestion is be sure the stabilization screws are all of the way up, and mow your lawn before an outing. It makes it much easier to drag across the lawn!
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    I considered ground clearance might be a problem, but also felt that the ability to put the wheels in a higher position was another advantage of the scopebuggy. At least you can put the wheels in the high position if needed, but that also raises your scope about another 6 inches. There's an intermediate position, but the leveling bolts don't work in that position.

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    I have used my Scope Buggy for several years and am generally happy with it. The leveling adjusters are really marginal. They go through a single nut and really wobble. They actually bend under continued use if you extend them a long way. Hint: Place some object like a brick, tile, piece of lumber between each adjuster and the ground. Then you only need to extend them slightly to stabilize the buggy.

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    I have used the Scope Buggy for several years and am generally satisfed. As others have mentioned low ground clearance can be a minor problem. The stabilizer bolts are really poor. They wobble and will bend if they are extended too far. They also take forever to crank up and down. Hint: Place a brick or piece of lumber the appropriate height under each bolt. Then you only need to extend them a little to stabilize.

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    Bob,

    A tip: I drilled a small hole and used a small sheet metal screw to hold a nut in place on the top of each stabilizer bolt, in addition to using JD Weld (any good epoxy glue would work as long as the psi rating is high). I then use a cordless drill fitted with ratchet bit the size of the nut, to quickly screw the bolts up & down as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_stan View Post
    I have used the Scope Buggy for several years and am generally satisfed. As others have mentioned low ground clearance can be a minor problem. The stabilizer bolts are really poor. They wobble and will bend if they are extended too far. They also take forever to crank up and down. Hint: Place a brick or piece of lumber the appropriate height under each bolt. Then you only need to extend them a little to stabilize.
    There are two benefits to putting a brick or piece of wood under the stabilizing screws. As you mentioned, if you do then you don't have to screw the bolts down as far, which not only is much faster, but it also protects the bolts from bending if you have a heavy rig on the Scopebuggy.

    I have 1 bolt that has a nice bow to it from shifting the tripod to better polar align. I just dragged the front wheel to the side a bit, which dragged the right rear wheel at the same time and bent the bolt. If I'd had it on a bit of 2x4, only an inch or so of the bolt would have been extending down giving it more strength, and the 2x4 likely would have slid fine as well, also avoiding bending the bolt. Live and learn.
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    I noticed that the tripod is unextended on your buggy. The Buggy assumes you'll NOT extend the legs? Or rather must you take it off the buggy to extend the legs? Using a refractor most of the time with a pier extension, I'd like to take advantage of the height for viewing when necessary. Is there an easy solution for this conundrum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beckemd View Post
    I noticed that the tripod is unextended on your buggy. The Buggy assumes you'll NOT extend the legs? Or rather must you take it off the buggy to extend the legs? Using a refractor most of the time with a pier extension, I'd like to take advantage of the height for viewing when necessary. Is there an easy solution for this conundrum?
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    The rear axle on the ScopeBuggy slides out to extend wider if needed to accommodate the wider stance of your tripod when extending the tripod legs. I find that with the legs only extended about 6 inches, I get the perfect height for observing. It also doesn't extend the rear axle much so the buggy still fits through the gate into my back yard. It will extend much wider if needed so you could potentially raise your tripod to it's highest setting and it would still fit on the ScopeBuggy. Of course at that point the rear axle will be 7 feet wide so you will need a nice wide path to drag it around. Hence me keeping my tripod legs set where I have them.
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