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Kessler Crane K-Pod Tripod System

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Kessler Crane
Kessler Crane K-Pod Tripod System
Key Features
  • Cross-Application Heavy-Duty Tripod
  • Suitable for Cranes and Standard Uses
  • Upgradeable for Use on Dolly Tracks
  • 100mm Bowl
The Kessler Crane K-Pod Tripod is a heavy-duty 100mm bowl system weighing a sturdy 22 lb and offering a 500 lb load capacity. It's designed to be suitable for cranes and standard tripod applications and is upgradeable for use on dolly tracks. A good choice for a head is the Kessler Crane Hercules 2.0, which supports a 150 lb payload.
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Kessler Crane K-Pod Overview

The Kessler Crane K-Pod Tripod is a heavy-duty 100mm bowl system weighing a sturdy 22 lb and offering a 500 lb load capacity. It's designed to be suitable for cranes and standard tripod applications and is upgradeable for use on dolly tracks. A good choice for a head is the Kessler Crane Hercules 2.0, which supports a 150 lb payload.

The K-Pod Tripod features rigid double strut legs with Kessler's incremental Posi-Lock System that friction locks the legs as well as interlocks into incremental lock pockets. The lock pockets allow you to equally position the legs while providing a lock that will prevent any accidental slips from the lock position. The K-Pod also includes a pop-lock spreader that locks the legs in a pre-stressed position to eliminate instability in heavy load conditions, and acts as the frame system when the tripod is used in various dolly configurations. The legs are made of black-anodized aluminum and have a flat design with a powder-coated finish designed to prevent scratching and wear.

Kessler offers a wide range of accessories that upgrade the K-Pod Tripod for multiple uses in standard tripod and dolly system applications. The K-Pod comes with standard spin-out pad feet but can be upgraded with spiked feet, caster wheels, all-terrain wheels, dolly trucks, dolly seats, pushbars, and other K-Pod system accessories.

Key Features

  • Heavy-duty 100mm bowl system for cranes, dolly tracks, and standard applications
  • 500 lb load capacity
  • Rigid double strut legs
  • Incremental friction lock/interlock lock system
  • Pop-lock spreader designed to prevent instability with heavy loads
  • Includes pad feet
  • Upgradeable with spiked feet, caster wheels, dolly trucks, dolly seats, and more

Kessler Crane K-Pod Specs

Head Mount Type100 mm Bowl
Maximum Working Height64" / 163 cm
Minimum Working Height37" / 94 cm
Closed Length39" / 99 cm
Weight22 lb / 10 kg
Leg Sections2
Packaging Info
Package Weight28.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)46.5 x 10.5 x 10"

Kessler Crane K-Pod Reviews

Too Tall For Slider

By Andrew
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-12

This tripod is too tall if you plan on using it with any camera besides a Mirrorless/DSLR. I have this tripod with the all terrain wheels, the Hercules 2.0 head, the 100mm High Hat and this system is over 6ft tall. This heavy duty tripod should only be used for a jib.

The Mother of All Tripods

By Ross
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-14

Great machining, strong, sturdy. have used with sliders and cranes and it's very good. Wish spreaders would telescope to allow you to get lower, but minor point.

A+ tripod system

By Tim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-31

You'll see a lot of comments about how this system is built like a tank. I don't necessarily think so. Now, no offence against tanks but I think this tripod system might survive an HE round better than most tanks! Okay, so I didn't test this particular conjecture but suffice to say it's heavy-duty! The other thing I really like about it is the concept of the lock pockets. I didn't know if I'd like them or not but what it does is makes it really easy to raise and lower the legs to a consistent length. Naturally, you can't set the legs precisely to a desired length, as you can't set it between the lock pockets - but there are enough of them to get close to any desired length that I'll likely need. And, with the bowl you can easily set the head to true (I'm using the Hercules 2.0 head.) The heavy duty nature of the system allows me to easily, quickly and securely move between my Kessler slider or any number of cameras. This requires the use of the Kessler Kwik release system - and I highly recommend that as well. All in all, I'm extremely happy with the purchase. Not the lightest system out there but definitely among the sturdiest and most secure. If you want to attach a slider (mine is 3') and not worry about wobble, this system will work well for you.

A great addition to my Kessler arsonal

By Raymond
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-29

I already own a small Kessler crane, and their Hercules head, connected with their superbly sturdy quick release system. I tried using a locally sourced (Australia) Manfrotto 20kg rated tripod to save money, but it was a false saving. One leg clamp slid down while I had a crane, weights, camera, monitor and pan/tilt head attached! Adjusting with an Alan key fixed it, but made me nervous about future wear and slippage. An urgent order through to B&H and the super solid K-Pod arrived. It is heavy - for a reason. Sturdily built with indented stops for the legs prevent any chance of slippage. After all, it is built to carry a person on a seat with their K-Flex add-on dolly system. Only one slight quibble. The soft bag doesn't fully close near to the tripod leg knobs. Perhaps this will change after the bag has been used for a while and gets more flexible.

Love it

By dj
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-05

Awesome base for the Kessler

Solid Crane Support

By Dan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-01

I bought this tripod and the Kessler 100mm Ball Kit to support our Gluidecam Camcrane 200, after considering a number of alternatives. This set up is solid, and handles the weight and the inertia of the crane. Very Satisfied.

Stout enough for whatever

By B
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-25

Made right. Stout enough for whatever I want to mount to it, crane/jib, slider, camera head. The only thing I would improve is a way to lock the legs in closed position for transport, instead of the included strap. reasonable price.

Must have if you are running Kessler cranes or jibs

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-30

Very well built, heavy duty Tripod for a crane or a Jib. The legs lock very positively so you don't have to worry about slipping. Get the wheels. They are worth the investment.

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Can you please tell me, is it possible to clamp a ...

Can you please tell me, is it possible to clamp a Super Clamp to the tripod legs? (For example: The Manfrotto 035RL which has a jaw opening of 2.1"). In advance, thank you for your help with this.
Asked by: Tyler
Yes that is possible. We even recommend this Impact Super Clamp with Ratchet Handle, B&H # IMCC106R, which also has a 2.1" opening.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-02-25


can I mount the Manfrotto 509HD on here and still be able to mount the Kessler Crane KC-12 on top of the manfrotto head?
Asked by: Jerry L.
You should be able to mount any bowl head to the kpod with the right accessories. I don't have the kc-12, but I assume as long as the kc-12 has 1/4 or 3/8 mounting holes it should work with your manfrotto. That being said, I don't think you'll be satisfied with the setup as your manfrotto head won't be able to take on that much load. Crane + Camera + Counterweights would certainly go over the 29lb capacity of that head.
Answered by: JOSHUA B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


How do I mount the Kessler crane on this tripod?
Asked by: Augustine B.
Either by using a Hercules Head which is recommended due to the sheer weight the crane and camera setup... Or by buying just a 100mm ball kit and then mounting your crane directly to the K-pod. I have not attempted this but it should work.
Answered by: valor k.
Date published: 2020-06-13


How is it moving the tripod? The listed 22 pound weight feels like it's going to be a real pain to move around a set or location.
Asked by: Alexander S.
Add the wheels and it's actually quite easy, very sturdy.
Answered by: MIKAEL S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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