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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Norman_invader » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:25 am

Maybe going back to basics is the solution,no fixings,nuts or bolts....
How about a spring loaded clamp on the shaft ?
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:25 pm

Spring loaded sounds good to me but I had to make do with what I could presently dig out to form a stand.

I had been looking at the Makro Racer stand and was wondering if the removal of the thin bolt and prising open slightly the lugs would enable it to function as a clip-on stand for the Q40. Not sure of the measurements though!

I would imagine that Quest and Detectorbits should be able to point us in the right direction for a suitable compromise. ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by dreadnought » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:50 pm

Norman_invader wrote:
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Maybe going back to basics is the solution,no fixings,nuts or bolts....
How about a spring loaded clamp on the shaft ?

i use this method to great effect, couple of quid from fleabay and youre sorted. dont over think it, its just not worth it. IF you buy a clamp and its not a snug fit in the shaft, just cut off the "grippy" end pieces with a hacksaw and it will close up more. its a square shaft and most of the clamps come with teethy type grips so wont really move unless you chuck it across the field.

id love someone to design and produce a stand for the quest, but its just gonna be more money,
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Norman_invader » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:45 pm

I'm not sure if the pair of clamps above are a suitable size or not,but they are £4 or £5 for the pair from screwfix,bargain if they fit OK,might just have a punt on them & see
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:08 pm

What would be the span of those lever tips? have just sent for a couple of 6" clamps from Amazon but am wondering how stable they will b; I can also make good use of them for DIY jobs.

I should be out with the Q40 come Saturday, weather permitting. Will get to see how robust my lashup bipod is in use. ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:56 pm

It's great to see a variety of ideas being being put into being successfully ::g Well done and thanks to all those who contributed their solutions ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by cantona1 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:13 pm

Good thread this, taking Norman Invaders idea I purchased two clamps for a quid, cut off the end so it didn't get in the way and just clamped it in place before the arm support. Bingo problem solved for pennies and took 30 seconds to do. Great idea N I ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Norman_invader » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:49 pm

Houston we have lift off !!! That's great cantona1,
The real test will be out on the land though,if the feet are stable enough,
Great pics mate
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by cantona1 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:51 pm

Yeah, I wondered about that, I will find out tomorrow ::g

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by niceguyfrankie » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:32 pm

I am sure the "clamp" stand will be fine, anything is better than what we have but this seems like a great solution. Off to the pound shop tomorrow to grab a couple ::g

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:56 pm

Now why didn't the Chinese think of that? ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by cantona1 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:58 pm

OK, it's not perfect but it works ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:55 pm

The more I look at it, the more I like it! So easy to fit and keep clean!

With a bit of spit n' polish; perhaps you could sell them to Quest and Detectorbits. £7 each???? ;)

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by cantona1 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:02 pm

I'll let Norman Invader make his fortune from the idea, he got there first :D
It does work though, could be a bit wider and longer but hey, it's way better than the stupid little pad on the machine ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Norman_invader » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:09 pm

All I need is some little vinyl Quest stickers on the clamp then flog them for £19.95, Quid's in !!! ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:12 pm

A couple of pieces of dowel glued into the grips would widen the span and get the tector to sit a little higher. A spot of black paint on the dowels would blend them i nicely with the general colour scheme. ::g
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by cantona1 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:17 pm

Yup, that'll do the trick.

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:13 pm

Shoot!!!!

I have just been informed that the Nokta Impact stand fits but would be interested to see one fitted. Joan Allen is selling the Nokta Impact stands for £14.50 but I would be highly hesitant to splash out the cash until I have seen how reliable some of our mods are.

If the Nokta Impact does actually fit and is suitable, I will be highly disappointed that neither Quest or Detectorbits informed us of such! ;;z

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by dreadnought » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:33 pm

Resurgam wrote:
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Shoot!!!!

I have just been informed that the Nokta Impact stand fits but would be interested to see one fitted. Joan Allen is selling the Nokta Impact stands for £14.50 but I would be highly hesitant to splash out the cash until I have seen how reliable some of our mods are.

If the Nokta Impact does actually fit and is suitable, I will be highly disappointed that neither Quest or Detectorbits informed us of such! ;;z

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ive looked at the nokta stand as a possability, but its just more money and you have to have them folded out permantly or do it every time you want to put the machine down, might get a bit of a ball ache, i have used the plastic clamp thing for a few months and its fine, nothings ever going to be 100% but its all about the happy medium. and iit cost less than a stupid cup of costa coffee. happy days.
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:01 pm

Some very accurate and valid point sport, but I would have loved to have heard from Quest with the information that they have a suitable stand on their production line for us but by the time that they do, most of us will have found an alternative stand.

Slowly loving this machine that has so much potential to offer and isn't just "the emperor's new clothes" all over again! My Q40 hoovered up just over twenty coins from an area of paddock that I had previously covered with my Safari and thought that there wouldn't be much left over for the Q40 to zero in on.

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by vladorado » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:45 pm

I use a bank stick with a rod rest. I carry it in my belt. It costs a few pounds only.

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:42 pm

Here is a Nokta stand fitted to a Q40. I imagine that the stand would be better mounted closer to the upper camlock to avoid the legs striking the knees as one progresses.
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by cantona1 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:45 pm

Nice, how much are they??

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by niceguyfrankie » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:08 pm

Resurgam wrote:
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Here is a Nokta stand fitted to a Q40. I imagine that the stand would be better mounted closer to the upper camlock to avoid the legs striking the knees as one progresses.
Looks like it was made for the Q40.
I bought a clamp and it does the trick Grand, however it looks a bit Ropey being cut.
I might have to choke and buy the Nokta stand.
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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:09 pm

Not mine sport; I purloined photographs from the Quest Facebook site. The stand is the one for the Nokta Impact and is available from Joan Allen for £14.50 but will probably have postage to add to that.

Just at present, I am continuing on with my lashed up air rifle bi-pod but have just tried a spring loaded clip but wasn't happy with it's height or stability. I had intended getting out the other day and testing my little creation out but with hailstones, snow, and winds I chickened out and turned over in a nice warm bed.

Presently planning to get out on Tuesday, when the weather forecast is a little better; if somewhat colder. I will have to wait until lunch time, when the horses have been brought in from the paddocks, before putting the coil to the soil.

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:14 pm

PS..................

I could be wrong but wasn't the Nokta stand made for a round shaft? Still; it looks good though.


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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by pw00t » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:15 pm

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This was my attempt at a support stand. It worked ok on pasture but ploughed stoney terrain was a bit tricky. I'm trying to come up with another design that attaches to the flat bit at the back of the handle.

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Re: Q40 support stand

Post by Resurgam » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:25 pm

I eventually gave up relying on the poorly designed 'stump' that passes for a stand on the Quest Q40 and lashed on an air rifle bipod that worked quite well; if just a little heavier than I would have liked. I did also try one of those spring loaded clips but thought that it wasn't as stable as the air rifle bipod.

After some in the field operations with both of the above I opted for the Nokta stand and have been more than happy with it since. Although not designed for a square shaft it fitted quite well and I placed it far enough forward so that the legs of the stand do not strike my legs whilst sweeping the coil to and fro whilst walking.

I am now more than happy with the Nokta stand but for the life of me I just can't understand why Quest didn't design a clip-on stand that could be quickly fitted to that stub!

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