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Davis & SanfordW3 Universal Folding Dolly with 3" Wheels
 
4.3

(based on 326 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (126)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (238)
  • Compact (210)
  • Highly compatible (132)
  • Improves performance (119)
  • Professional quality (105)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • In the studio (145)
  • Independent films (139)
  • Home movies (93)
  • Complex projects (65)
  • Stabilization (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (85), Enthusiast (80), Professional artist (73), Film student (50), Semi-pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (188), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cheap and does the job

I got the in a kit with the 75mm PRO VISTA VIDEO TRIPD w/FM18 HEAD. The first thing I noticed about this is how easy it was to unfold. It has a built...Read complete review

I got the in a kit with the 75mm PRO VISTA VIDEO TRIPD w/FM18 HEAD. The first thing I noticed about this is how easy it was to unfold. It has a built in handle and the three legs fold together. The only bulky part then is the wheels. The next thing I noticed is how the tripod actually doesn't fit on the dolly. My provista tripod only has one leg width and fully extended the legs are much wider then the tripod. I had to have the locking center part of the tripod above its normal position to use this dolly. That really isn't that big of a deal and the dolly is small enough to fit through most doors. For smaller tripods the dolly has sliding locks on it to lock the feet of the tripod into. The locks can slide on the legs of the tripod to the desired position and then can be locked down. These are fairly generic and could most likely be use with any tripod. The locks are very secure and the legs can not come out. The last thing I noticed is that the center part of the dolly is very weak. If you stepped on the center it would most certainly break it. The outside parts by the wheels seem pretty strong. Also when using the dolly with a tripod on anything but a perfectly flat surface it vibrates. It would work well on hardwood or commercial tile but not carpet or linoleum with any texturing. Over all I am happy that I have this to use but I'm sure there are better ones available.

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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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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Solid construction - wheels compete with surfaces

By Johnny Dont

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

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

Used this product with a Canon Mark II and a 24-70mm lens. The surface I was attempting to roll on was a textured carpet tile (relatively smooth) and the bounce in the camera was pretty intense. Will look to other wheel options or a guide track to correct issue. Should work well on smooth surfaces. Connection to tripod was great and easy to use! Build feels solid and like it will last a while, but as the point was to create a smooth panning shot I would not recommend this product without modifications to design.

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4.0

Good to fair.

By 43jimcr

from Blue Ridge, GA

About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

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

    Best use to move camcorder and leave it stable. Does not roll smoothly (angles cause unwanted pans) as you might desire.

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    • No

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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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

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                  • 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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                        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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                                  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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