Pocket Dolly Reference Guide
The Kessler Pocket Dolly is a lightweight camera slider system, designed
for smaller cameras under 15 pounds. Available in the Standard version,
with crank handle and belt drive system, and BASIC version with no belt
drive or handle. There are two lengths available, the Standard 3’ (38.5”) or
Traveler 2’ (26.5”).
Flat Mount Adapter
The flat mount adapter provides a 3/8”
male thread for mounting tripod heads
and other accessories.
1. Remove any existing mounts from the
dolly carriage.
2. Thread the flat mount adapter into
the 3/8” female threaded hole of the
dolly carriage.
3. Mount your tripod head or other accessory to the flat mount adapter.
100mm High Hat ADapter
The high hat adapter allows you to
mount a 100mm or 75mm (with adapter)
bowl mount tripod head to the Pocket
1. Locate the high hat and four (4) 3/4”
long thumb screws
2. Mount the high hat to the dolly carriage and secure with thumb screws
with the corresponding thread holes.
3. Locate your 100mm (or 75mm) ball
mount tripod head, ball mount washer, and 3/8” threaded knob.
4. Install the tripod head as you would
on a typical tripod. We recommend
using the included 3/8” knob for ease
of use. If your tripod’s included knob
fits, feel free to use it instead.
Dolly to Hercules Head
The Pocket Dolly can be easily mounted
to the Kessler Hercules Head. We recommend this head as it is designed for
heavy duty applications such as this.
1. The Pocket Dolly mounts to the Hercules via two 1/4”-20 thread points.
2. Locate the two (2) flat head screws
and allen wrench included with your
Pocket Dolly.
3. Place the dolly on top of the Hercules
head and align screw holes.
4. Thread flat head screws through corresponding holes and fasten securely.
NOTE: We only recommend center
mounting like this if using a light camera. Do not exceed 10 pounds of weight
on the Pocket Dolly carriage with this
kind of setup as the track may flex at the
outer extents of travel with heavy loads.
Outrigger Feet
The optional outrigger feet add greater
stability and allow for easy leveling adjustments on the Pocket Dolly.
1. Locate two (2) outrigger feet and turn
the Pocket Dolly over so you can access the bottom.
2. There are several 1/4”-20 mounting
holes along the bottom of the Pocket
Dolly. We recommend mounting the
outrigger feet on holes furthest from
the center for stability.
3. Attach one outrigger assembly to
each end of the Pocket Dolly and
tighten the silver thumb screw on
each so the feet are perpendicular to
the dolly track.
4. Each of the four (4) individual feet
on the outriggers can be adjusted
in height by threading them up and
down. Adjust as needed to level the
Pocket Dolly on uneven surfaces.
Optional Braking system
The Pocket Dolly brake system can be
used to adjust resistance of the carriage
1. The Pocket Dolly V2 brake is attached to the side of the carriage.
2. Turn the adjustment knob clockwise
to increase resistance and counter
clockwise to reduce resistance.
3. Adjust tension as necessary to
achieve desired ease of carriage motion.
Installing Elektradrive
The Pocket Dolly is compatible with our
elektraDRIVE system. Drive motors can
be mounted for motion control work for
a broad range of applications.
1. Remove the hand crank from the
Pocket Dolly by lifting it off of the
drive shaft. Store in a safe location.
2. Using the motor mount plate and the
two (2) included thumbscrews, mount
the motor mount to the end of the
Pocket Dolly.
3. Slide the aluminum belt drive wheel
over the drive shaft.
4. Loosely insert the two 3/4” long
thumb screws into the bottom of the
elektraDRIVE motor.
5. Slide the motor into the motor mount
slots and pull the belt over the aluminum drive wheel.
6. Pull the motor away from the drive
wheel to tension the drive belt.
7. Tighten the screws on the bottom
of the elektraDRIVE to hold motor in
place with tension on drive belt.
8. Connect your motion control unit
such as the Basic Controller or
NOTE: Be sure to disengage the Pocket
Dolly brake (if installed) before using the
elektraDRIVE motor.
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