The Cleat - 4.5" Suction-Cup Camera Mount
- Wood's Powr-Grip Clete
- 4.5" vacuum/ suction cup with black metal mount, 1/4-20 thread stud
- Economical alternative to other vacuum cup camera mounts
- For Cameras up to 6 1/2 pounds
This is the most economical mount that Wood's offers. Ideal for ultra low budgets and very light cameras up to around 6.5 pounds.
The factory rates this mount at a ten pound capacity, but we at Filmtools truly recommend that you limit yourself to four pounds when mounted on a vehicle in motion. Anything weighing more can show the adverse effects of induced harmonic vibration and resonate vibration.
Model LJ45PHC. Supplied with pad protector. The CLEAT has many features of a tripod, but is designed for people on the go! Because it attaches and releases in seconds, it can be moved quickly from one place to another on autos, RV's, boats, windows, countertops... virtually any smooth, non-porous surface! The rubber pad wonﾒt mar or damage most surfaces. Knobs on the head provide infinite positioning and control for tilting and panning cameras, scopes and camcorders.
A spring-balanced pump ensures a consistent vacuum level and a red-line indicator warns if there is any drop in holding power. Just a few strokes on the plunger will remove the air from between the mount's vacuum pad and the mounting surface. As long as the mount maintains a reliable hold, the plunger remains partially hidden inside the pump and the red line is not visible. If the red line appears, another stroke or two will restore full holding power. A firm push or pull on the rubber tab at the edge of the pad releases the mount. View all of our camera mounts here.
Vacuum cups employ the force of atmospheric pressure to grip a surface: When a vacuum exists between the cup and the surface on which it is attached, the weight of Earth's atmosphere holds the cup in place with incredible force. Unlike suction cups that produce a vacuum as they pull away from the surface, Powr-Gripﾮ vacuum cups use a hand-actuated pump to efficiently remove air from between the rubber pad and the attaching surface--thus creating a much more reliable hold. Because the full face of the pad is brought into contact with the surface, distortion is reduced, allowing the cup to be used on materials of almost any thickness with little risk of damage.
The vacuum cup's pump features a plunger with a red line, which serves as a vacuum indicator. Introduced by Wood's Powr-Grip in the 1960's, this safety device is still recognized as one of the most reliable warning systems available. A few strokes of the plunger evacuate the vacuum pad, causing it to seal securely to the attaching surface. When the cup is attached completely, the plunger stops moving and the red line is hidden within the pump. A visible red line indicates that air has leaked back into the pad, making vacuum insufficient to use the cup. However, if the red line becomes visible while the cup is in use, a check valve allows the user to repump the cup without losing the remaining vacuum.
Lifting on the release tab near the edge of the pad allows air to refill the evacuated space, so that the vacuum cup detaches completely.
Guide to Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair
A Day In The Harbor
Shot with "The Cleat"