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Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain

B&H # MA046MCR MFR # 046MCR
Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain

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  • Drive Set Supports 1 Roll of Paper

You Pay: $89.88

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The Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain allows easy raising and lowering of rolls of background paper without lowering the support stands. The system uses two expandable technopolymer inserts to support a single roll of seamless paper. Tightening each side expands the drive inserts from 1.8" to 3" to grip the roll solidly from the inside. One side has a large toothed gear to which a metal link chain affixes, permitting convenient raising and lowering of the background paper roll. The other side has an adjustable tension drag.

Construction Technopolymer, aluminum alloy
Load Capacity 22.05 lb (10 kg)
Compatibility Tubes up to 3.07" (80 mm)
Adjustments Drives expandable from 1.8-3.0" (46-78 mm)
Weight 4.45 lb (2.0 kg)
Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain
  • 2 x Expan Drive Inserts
  • Aluminum Pull Chain
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Manfrotto046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Attaches securely (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (6)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Studio (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Metal chain is a must

      the system itself is okay: does the job! but don't even think about buying the plastic chain. the metal chain - in my opinion - is already flimsy and will hopefully last some...Read complete review

      the system itself is okay: does the job! but don't even think about buying the plastic chain. the metal chain - in my opinion - is already flimsy and will hopefully last some years, with good luck!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Long overdue for a redesign

      This item works ok but is long overdue for a redesign. When used for heavy canvas backgrounds you have to set the brake very tight to keep the background from completely unrolling. This makes...Read complete review

      This item works ok but is long overdue for a redesign. When used for heavy canvas backgrounds you have to set the brake very tight to keep the background from completely unrolling. This makes it nearly impossible to wind the background back onto the roller. This item should have an auto releasing brake when the chain is being pulled from either side...doesn't seem like it would be that hard. The chain retainers break easily, especially when there is some age on them. I looked into the electric models but they are just too expensive for what your getting. I have the bracket mounted about 13' and the chain is too short...had to purchase another chain and add on. Also can't tell what color you're getting...tried to find out from B&H but it was a waste of time.

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      5.0

      Great product

      By Lujza

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

        I love it. Works very well easy to assemble.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Expan Drive Set

        By Normand

        from Québec

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

        It's very good service and fast shipping. thank You
        Normand

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Solid Product

        By LM Photo

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely

        Cons

        • Mostly Plastic Components

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

        Looks to be reasonably solid, but it does strain when using it with heavy backdrop materials. I'm using 10'x20' backdrops and I just hope these hold up, since most of the components are plastic. I know I'm probably stressing them to the max. I'm sure they would be plenty strong if you're using them with smaller rolls of seamless paper.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great for rolled backdrops

        By Photos by Greg

        from Frankfort

        About Me Pro Photographer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

          Fits 2 inch cored backdrops. I use it with the aluminum core. The core pins are a must for hanging a backdrop on a wall hanger. This system is great because it has an adjustable brake on one side, keeping your backdrop from unrolling after pulling it down. The other side has a wonderfull chain drive to hoist it back up after use. I chose the drive with the chain after reading reviews of both. I can't say anything about the plastic chain, but the metal one works great.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The way to go...

          By Gumby

          from Denver, Colorado

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

              Can't image dealing with seamless paper without this product. Easy mounting to appropriate stand hook brackets. The adjustable friction is a must. No out of control rolls unwinding.

              I would recommend this version with the metal chain over the plastic chain kit.

              I went with Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp without Stud and 059 Single Background Holder Hook to attach the Expan Drive to the background stand, its a solid setup.

              Paper rolls load up background stands more than I expected, so I am buying a couple of C-stands just for extra beefiness (Avenger A2033FCB - indestructable).

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              5.0

              Simple, but VERY functional.

              By Bruce

              from Clayton, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                It took only minutes to set up and it's very simple to use. It attaches to the background tube very securely. I got the metal chain instead of the plastic one at the recommendation of the sales person. This was a good choice because rolling the paper background back on the roll took some pressure when pulling on the chain; I can see that a plastic one might not last. The chain had a few links that were sharp that I had to file slightly. All in all, it works relly well.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Easy install, easy to use, sturdy

                By AmandaRecker

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                      Very happy thus far with the product. The ease of use is so much so that my children were able to use the chain to raise and lower the paper as well. Great product.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Metal chains are the way to go!

                      By Chris

                      from Raleigh, NC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                      The metal chains are worth the money, no doubt! I use the ones with the metal chains for the vinyl and the plastic chains with paper.

                      I wish these were less expensive, it seems like the price that Manfrotto is charging for the difference in chains is gouging.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Long overdue for a redesign

                      By Jim

                      from Truckee, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Rolls background

                      Cons

                      • Brake issues
                      • Can't order by color
                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                      This item works ok but is long overdue for a redesign. When used for heavy canvas backgrounds you have to set the brake very tight to keep the background from completely unrolling. This makes it nearly impossible to wind the background back onto the roller. This item should have an auto releasing brake when the chain is being pulled from either side...doesn't seem like it would be that hard. The chain retainers break easily, especially when there is some age on them. I looked into the electric models but they are just too expensive for what your getting. I have the bracket mounted about 13' and the chain is too short...had to purchase another chain and add on. Also can't tell what color you're getting...tried to find out from B&H but it was a waste of time.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Product Family

                      By SuperDave

                      from Fresno, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                        The design of this system is so simple yet well built-- would love to see the length of the chain adjustable.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        makes life easy

                        By Jom

                        from Sydney

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                              makes changing colours a 5 second enterprise, rather than something "you really don't need"

                              ;-)

                              Hey does anyone know of a good way to stop them rolling to the end of the paper? I put the chain over a nail in the wall

                              or stopping the chain from looping over itself and getting snarled?

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Metal chain is a must

                              By Marc

                              from Switzerland

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                                the system itself is okay: does the job! but don't even think about buying the plastic chain. the metal chain - in my opinion - is already flimsy and will hopefully last some years, with good luck!

                                Share this review

                                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                needs a safety feature added

                                By Caleb

                                from Sumter,SC

                                About Me Getting Started

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Use

                                Best Uses

                                • Studio

                                Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                                over all it a good product but it could use some improvements

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                                5.0

                                Great Product

                                By Clint

                                from Australia

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 046MC Expan Drive Set with Red Metal Chain:

                                  Strong and durable product - works well - worth getting the metal chain

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