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Davis & SanfordW3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels
 
4.3

(based on 324 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (125)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (237)
  • Compact (209)
  • Highly compatible (132)
  • Improves performance (118)
  • Professional quality (105)

Cons

  • Limited compatibility (15)
  • Poor design (14)
  • Poor performance (11)
  • Lacks functionality (9)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • In the studio (144)
  • Independent films (138)
  • Home movies (93)
  • Complex projects (64)
  • Stabilization (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (85), Enthusiast (79), Professional artist (72), Film student (50), Semi-pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (187), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great dolly-compared to other dollys

This is a great dolly and companion for any tripod with rubber tipped feet.

The one shortcoming of this dolly is the bearings that allow the direction of the wheels to...Read complete review

This is a great dolly and companion for any tripod with rubber tipped feet.

The one shortcoming of this dolly is the bearings that allow the direction of the wheels to change are lose and dry-meaning they transmit bearing noise and movement through the tripod and ultimately to the footage shot on it with every direction change-the good news is a daub of silicone grease on each and a couple of rotations around their axis takes care of the noise and movement.
The good:
1) It adds 5" to the height of what ever you use it with.
2) The clamps to attach the dolly to any rubber tipped feet are seriously secure-and stable.
3) The dolly has two folding arms with snap locks to hold them in place-open until it clicks and tighten the attachments for the feet and you're done!
4) The individually locking Wheels rotate as smooth as glass-but a rail system this ain't! The surface it rolls on needs to be smooth and pretty clean-the rubber tires will absorb small irregularities(depending on the weight of the equipment on them), but they will not make up for cracks in concrete, worn/lapped hardwood floors, or lawn surfaces-toss down a track, tape the seams tightly, and you'll be good. Don't be one of those that don't understand what a dolly is for: moving equipment, not absorbing/insulating surface issues. On smooth and clean surfaces you will be happy with footage shot while moving, If you have an irregular surface, this is NOT a transport tool for smoothing that out.

This dolly was included with a tripod and a case for the tripod when I bought it-would have been nice if the case would have been designed to hold the tripod and the dolly-it will go in there with the wheels protruding through the zipper-does not look as professional as the the individual pieces, but does get the job done.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Back to The Drawing Board

Purchased the Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 tripod with W3 dolly combo. The dolly arms need to be about 2" longer to fit the tripod legs properly. Just as they say Universal...Read complete review

Purchased the Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 tripod with W3 dolly combo. The dolly arms need to be about 2" longer to fit the tripod legs properly. Just as they say Universal Dolly with 3" Wheels. I can use this dolly with other tripods I own but, not a good fit for the Provista 7518. If the system didn't come with a rebate offer at the time I would have returned it.

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5.0

Works excellent!

By Fortwander

from Ontario Canada

Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

Love this item. I bought it for my manfrotto tripod and it worked like a dream. I was filming and needed that smooth pan around the room. I love it.

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4.0

Decent Lightweight Rolling Spreader

By Q

from New York, NY

About Me Cinematographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good value

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

      I just rolling spreaders just to make it easier to move the camera around my studio. It works just fine for that. Good value. I wouldn't want to to load it up with weight though.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Worth your $

      By Zack

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

      This dolly folds well, has great wheels, and is very adjustable.

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      4.0

      Basic dolly

      By ram

      from Winter Park, FL

      About Me Media Educator

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Needs Stronger Wheels

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio
      • Student films

      Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

      Wheels flatten easily if moved with locked wheels. Easy to set up and moves easily.

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      5.0

      Great product for the price.

      By Educator

      from Texas

      About Me Educator

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

        We ordered this product and the first one came damaged. I called B&H and they emailed me the RMA information to send it back. They sent me the second one, which had no damage, in a very timely manner. The product is just what we need to have smooth video for some of the videos we shoot. The whole process of dealing with B&H from the original order to the product being in our hands is very easy. We will continue to do business with B&H. Great service!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great!

        By ZMax

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • In The Studio

          Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

          Works really well.

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          3.0

          You get what you paid for!

          By Mrs. P

          from Stratford, CT

          About Me Teacher

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to transport
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Materials

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

          The wheels work great and roll smoothly! Great for truck and dolly shots.
          The pins that hold the arms in place sometimes have a hard time staying locked. I had to tighten a few screws when I first received the product in order for them to work well. Working just fine now.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great for the price

          By Mr. D

          from Arvada, CO

          About Me Film Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

              The high school class beats up equipment and this dolly has held up and works great for the price.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great Value

              By Brian

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                Easy to use, quick to setup, quality construction

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                $ dolly

                By pddenz

                from New York, NY

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                  what can I say? It's a $ tripod dolly that rolls. It's usually $, but with the tripod package you save quite a bit. Worth it.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Good low-cost dolly

                  By Dan Bennett

                  from Northern Colorado

                  About Me Media Creator

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Low Cost
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                      For the price, this dolly is great. Obviously, it's only really smooth on a smooth, clean floor, in which case the rolling resistance is really low. I found it as useful for quickly moving the tripod around to a new shot as it is for dollying during a shot.

                      No problem with compatibility with my tripod, which is also a Davis & Sanford; but it looks like it would work just fine with most tripods.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent value for the money

                      By IMRSIV Media

                      from Central Florida

                      About Me Professional director

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                        I have two Davis & Sanford Provista tripods with the FM18 fluid heads, so knowing that D&S makes very good quality products, I went ahead and purchased the W3 folding dolly. I wasn't disappointed! Te build quality is excellent, and the dolly folds down nicely and is easy to carry. I handles our tripods with a full load without any trouble at all. We love this dolly.

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                        4.0

                        Great product for the price!

                        By Carlos

                        from Philadelphia

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                          This dolly works well in smooth floor surfaces. It is easy to operate and works with most tripods.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Every wedding videographer should have one...

                          By RussK

                          from Pa

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                          I shoot wedding videos. I use this at every ceremony and reception. Easy to move tripod.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Useful

                          By Panguitchjoe

                          from St. George, UT

                          About Me Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Home Movies
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                            I thought I was going to use this for some fun pan shots which I have but it's not a micro dolly. Sometimes changing directions or rolling over uneven surfaces ruins the shot or interferes with the audio.
                            That said, I like it. I got it at a discount because I bought it with a tripod bundle. I don't think I would pay full price for it. But getting it cheap makes it a nice tool. I have found it to be useful. I have captured some nice pan shots. It is steady. And I like being mobile with my camera on a tripod. Sometimes I have a long shoot that requires me to move around during the show and my back gets tired holding the camera. I like this dolly as it means I can be mobile, I can get steady shots on a tripod, and my back doesn't hurt.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Secon one.

                            By LuisQ.

                            from Denver Co.

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                            This dolly is my second set, just lovet, well made, resisten, and easy to use.

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                            4.0

                            4/5

                            By RackSkellington

                            from Delaware

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Improves Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                                It's a nice dolly, and it stores away easily. The only complaint is that the wheels can be like "shopping cart wheels" if you know what I mean.
                                If you switch direction too fast, the wheels get squirrely and ruins the shot, which is understandable. For following along a subject it works well.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                I would definitely recomend this product

                                By lucky

                                from Santa Clara, CA

                                About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Just Super N What I Want
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                                  very useful for small projects to medium size productions and very sturdy.
                                  smooth movement on the dolly.
                                  the plus is increases the height of the tripod by at least 6 inches. I like this :-)

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                                  • No

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                                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Back to The Drawing Board

                                  By Mark

                                  from Cranberry Township Pa.

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Design

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                                    Purchased the Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 tripod with W3 dolly combo. The dolly arms need to be about 2" longer to fit the tripod legs properly. Just as they say Universal Dolly with 3" Wheels. I can use this dolly with other tripods I own but, not a good fit for the Provista 7518. If the system didn't come with a rebate offer at the time I would have returned it.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Sturdy and Solid

                                    By Wes

                                    from Madison, MS

                                    About Me Hobbyist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Independent Films

                                      Comments about Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels:

                                      Wanting to increase my production value, I decided to to buy a tripod with a fluid head. After scouring the internet, I realized that I should invest a bit more into my my tripod than just $. I know that at $, the Provista Grounder is still definitely considered lower end, but it suits my need as an amateur filmmaker completely. The head is smooth and pans perfectly. Setup is a snap! Would recommend.

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                                      • No

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