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Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight

B&H # MA046B Mfr # 046B
No Longer Available

The Manfrotto Expan Drive Set incorporates two expandable core units. One side has a large toothed gear to which a nylon link chain affixes, permitting convenient raising and lowering of the background paper roll. The other side has an adjustable tension drag. The double core units are unique in that when the overall screw on which the drive unit is mounted is tightened the drive expands from a minimum of 1.8" to 3.0" (46 - 78 mm).

To accommodate cored paper rolls in any length, all you do is insert the Expans at both ends, tighten up until they're snug and mount the entire assembly on your background holder hooks.

This item replaces old catalog #2920B.

A heavy duty, metal chain is available separately: 2924.
This items includes a weight for the plastic chain, to keep it steady.
Load Capacity 22 lbs (10kg)
Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight
  • 2 x Expan Drive Inserts
  • Black Plastic Chain with Weight
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight
     
    4.3

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (11)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Attach securely (6)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Long-lasting (4)

    Cons

    • Weak (4)
    • Flimsy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (10)
    • Studio (10)
    • Portraits (7)
    • General purpose (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (7), Semi-professional (5), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Background Support System!

    You need Bogen/Manfrotto hooks (brackets) with this. Choose 3 roll or 6 roll brackets.
    The brackets can mount on ceiling or on wall -ceiling is probably best (better separation and...Read complete review

    You need Bogen/Manfrotto hooks (brackets) with this. Choose 3 roll or 6 roll brackets.
    The brackets can mount on ceiling or on wall -ceiling is probably best (better separation and height for all rolls).

    Long paper cores may possibly sag, so you can use PVC 2" diameter or aluminum tubing.

    It is simple to setup and works great. With this system you can change backgrounds really fast.
    Best overall solution for permanent installs pricewise and for changing speed.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A plastic pity

    A GREAT system (Manfrotto 2961D Complete Deluxe AutoPole-2 Expan Kit) but worthless without the metal chains (otherwise would be 5 stars).I read reviews to that effect before purchasing and assumed those...Read complete review

    A GREAT system (Manfrotto 2961D Complete Deluxe AutoPole-2 Expan Kit) but worthless without the metal chains (otherwise would be 5 stars).I read reviews to that effect before purchasing and assumed those complaining about the plastic were just too rough on them.W r o n g.I've handled them gingerly and all three have snapped. Worse, when they do break they make this lovely sliding-off-the-gear noise that brings a client's attention to them just as the counterweight crashes to the floor. Branding ambience at its best. My customers were so impressed.I don't complain often or easily and have had the full three background system for a year and a half and am astounded that Manfrotto sells this rubbish. I'm staring at the $120 in metal replacement chains I purchased as I write this. Hopefully they'll work. A real shame and disappointment to be jerked around with a not inexpensive purchase ([$]+) only to have to spend more. Just put the metal chains in the basic kit, price it at $540 and ditch the plastic.Side note that the installation instructions were essentially nonexistent. I had to enlarge images from the B&H site to understand how to assemble.

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    5.0

    Go for Manfrotto or go cheaper...

    By Cirened

    from Savannah, GA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors

    Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

    I think it's fair to say we all know Manfrotto makes quality products, and this one is no exception. It is easy to tell by reviewing the posts that the plastic chain obviously comes up short. It basicly comes down to going with Manfrotto or the nearly identical Impact version of this product. One consideration that led me to go with Manfrotto was the free shipping. Impact had a shipping fee with brought its price up to within [$]of the more reputable Manfrotto brand.

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    5.0

    Simple and cheap

    By Ivan B.

    from Brooklyn, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

    Good set, easy to install

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    3.0

    A plastic pity

    By Nolaguy

    from Louisiana

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Basically Good Design

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Portraits

    Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

    A GREAT system (Manfrotto 2961D Complete Deluxe AutoPole-2 Expan Kit) but worthless without the metal chains (otherwise would be 5 stars).I read reviews to that effect before purchasing and assumed those complaining about the plastic were just too rough on them.W r o n g.I've handled them gingerly and all three have snapped. Worse, when they do break they make this lovely sliding-off-the-gear noise that brings a client's attention to them just as the counterweight crashes to the floor. Branding ambience at its best. My customers were so impressed.I don't complain often or easily and have had the full three background system for a year and a half and am astounded that Manfrotto sells this rubbish. I'm staring at the $120 in metal replacement chains I purchased as I write this. Hopefully they'll work. A real shame and disappointment to be jerked around with a not inexpensive purchase ([$]+) only to have to spend more. Just put the metal chains in the basic kit, price it at $540 and ditch the plastic.Side note that the installation instructions were essentially nonexistent. I had to enlarge images from the B&H site to understand how to assemble.

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    2.0

    Chain is Weak

    By clyde

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Indoors

    Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

    This would be a great product if the chain wasn't so cheap and break! it has broken 5 times

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Xeep

    from Port Elgin, ON

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

      Goes together very nicely and works like a charm.

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      4.0

      Easy to use !

      By Hazart

      from Quebec, Canada

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Studio

      Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

      Look good, but in plastic !

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      5.0

      Very good quality drive set

      By Danny

      from Ottawa, Ontario

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

        Its easy to scroll up and down. It also have a tension control, so paper won't fall down because of its weight. Love it!

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        5.0

        Makes life so much easier

        By Trevor Neil Photography

        from Denville, NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attach Securely
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

            If you have a seamless background then you need this!

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            4.0

            Works great.

            By Patricia

            from Boyds, MD

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Attach Securely

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

              Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

              I use this for 4 107" paper background rolls. It's easy to work with, you put the drive set in, then turn until it expans and tightens in the paper roll. The chain is plastic, but as my ceiling is only 8 ft high, I don't foresee a problem. Rolls the paper beautifully, especially if you also use the paper weights. We put 2 sets on one side, and 2 on the other side, so the chains won't get mixed up.

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              4.0

              Good but needs metal chain

              By Charlie

              from New Waverly Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Studio lighting

                  Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                  If you purchase this you need to buy the metal chain the plastic ones break too often

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                  5.0

                  Quality gear that is easy to use

                  By Greg

                  from Sunshine Coast, Australia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                    I have used this Manfrotto expan system in my new photographic studio. The chain mechanism works great and it is easy to change paper backdrops.

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                    5.0

                    Wish I would have gotten these earlier!

                    By JP

                    from Lexington, KY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Affordable
                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                      I have 2 12' paper rolls on these, and I wish I would have done this a lot sooner. Makes raising and lowering backgrounds so convenient and the price point is very reasonable. I wasn't sure how they'd hold up with the 12' rolls on them, but so far the cores are not sagging at all in the middle, and everything is rolling just fine! One suggestion: don't even bother with the plastic chains, get the metal ones, you will be glad you did.

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                      4.0

                      easy to set up,good operation

                      By Maz

                      from Australia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                        easy to set up,good operation

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                        • No

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                        2.0

                        Chain breaks easily

                        By Lichtfoto

                        from Panama city, panama

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy
                          • Weak

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                          We bought this to expand the capacity of our studio. We were very happy with this products before but the new ones seems to come with a brittle chain that breaks easily even when the brakes are loose. We bought 3 of them and they have the same problem.

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                          4.0

                          woeks as advertised

                          By studioW

                          from Naperville, IL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                these things are a must-have in most studio environments. the cheezy plastic chain has a tendency to snap when rolling up a background, at least for a 12' sweep. i plan on getting the metal chains

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                                5.0

                                great

                                By glwphoto

                                from ct

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                    works great

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                                    4.0

                                    Manfrotto Background Paper Drive Set

                                    By Jmphoto

                                    from Westchester NY

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Long-Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                      Just set this up in a small space studio and its so nice being able pull down 3 different colors of paper as needed. Great quality hardware too.

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                                      5.0

                                      Expensive but worth it

                                      By TJ

                                      from St. Louis, MO

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Works well

                                      Cons

                                      • Expensive

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                        No more fumbling with the paper, the rod and the clamp and rolling the paper back up is a breeze. I recommend it.

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                                        4.0

                                        Works as expected

                                        By Pam

                                        from Chicago, IL

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attach Securely

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                            I'm satisfied with this product so far. I'm using it with 107 inch paper rolls. My only complaint is that the chain is a little chintzy but I think it should be okay with paper - you'd probably want the metal chain for muslin.

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                                            4.0

                                            046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set

                                            By Jim the Runner

                                            from MI

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Long-Lasting

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • General Use

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 046B Expan Background Paper Drive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                              Chain is very fragil

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