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Oct 19, 2010 10:15 |  #1

I just found some of my dad's old equipment. I am trying to figure out what weight rating and anything else I can about two smith-victor light stands.

They are the S3 model #401229 and the S4 model # 401230. They are black steel light stands. Looks like the S4 is taller than the S3.

Just don't want to put them up and have them topple or fail on me.
I have tried the smith-victor site and didn't see any references and looked at B&H but nothing either. Hoping someone might have these or remember them.
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Oct 19, 2010 10:27 |  #2

i have Smith-Victor light equipment at work..
the stands are fine and can support quite a load..

i would highly suggest that you get some sand bags
like these
http://www.karlu.com …nfo.php?product​s_id=11325 (external link)

to drop on the legs.. they are cheap, make your set up safer and will give you some piece of mind..


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Oct 19, 2010 10:33 |  #3

sabianq wrote in post #11125403 (external link)
i have Smith-Victor light equipment at work..
the stands are fine and can support quite a load..

i would highly suggest that you get some sand bags
like these
http://www.karlu.com …nfo.php?product​s_id=11325 (external link)

to drop on the legs.. they are cheap, make your set up safer and will give you some piece of mind..

Thanks for the reply. You don't by chance have these do you? They are probably about 30 years old and do not look to have the same build as the current ones. That is why I was trying to figure it out.


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Oct 19, 2010 10:39 |  #4

Dont worry too much about load ratings and stuff like that. Most modern equipment is lighter than the older stuff, and load ratings are likely to be a measure of the weight the stand can support vertically. The more important factor is your ability to secure the stand so that things like umbrella and softboxes are secure. As mentioned above use sandbags, or weights to secure stands on location and be aware of the effects of wind on your gear and you should be fine.




  
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Oct 19, 2010 12:32 |  #5

wizard13 wrote in post #11125441 (external link)
Thanks for the reply. You don't by chance have these do you? They are probably about 30 years old and do not look to have the same build as the current ones. That is why I was trying to figure it out.

i do have several of the S3 stands.. they are built very nice.. while i would not place speaker cabinets on them, i seiously doubt any modern light fixture would exceed the capacity of the stands..


u are using them for lighting fixtures i assume..


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Oct 19, 2010 12:33 |  #6

i also use gaffers tape to secure them to the floor..


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sabianq wrote in post #11126044 (external link)
i do have several of the S3 stands.. they are built very nice.. while i would not place speaker cabinets on them, i seiously doubt any modern light fixture would exceed the capacity of the stands..


u are using them for lighting fixtures i assume..

Looking to use them for studio strobes and speedlites when out and about.
Thanks for the info!
Just trying to not ruin anything. I like the tape them to the floor idea.


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Oct 19, 2010 15:30 |  #8

wizard13 wrote in post #11126194 (external link)
Looking to use them for studio strobes and speedlites when out and about.
Thanks for the info!
Just trying to not ruin anything. I like the tape them to the floor idea.

i seriously doubt you will have an issue..
the origional fixtures with tunsten lamps were heavy bastards weighing a lot more than any speedlight and probably a bit heavier than your studio strobes..

if you are concerned, just dont fully extend the sections..

the gaffers tape on the legs trick is probably older than the stands.. in general, i always secure the legs down with gaffers tape when ever i set up a lighting system..


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