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Jumbo Presentation Easel - Black
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- Overall Dimensions:48"W x 48"D x 28.75" - 70.75"H
- Adjustable Height from 38.75" to 70.75"
- Strong Anodized 1" Aluminum Alloy Legs for added stability when displaying heavy items
- Snap Fit Clamp System for Easy, Secure Telescoping Leg Adjustment
- Adjusts for Tabletop or Floor Use
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Studio Designs' Jumbo Presentation Easel easily supports your larger presentation pads, charts or posters. Made with slender, but sturdy 1'' thick anodized aluminum legs, this easel adjusts in height up to 70.75'' thanks to a secure snap-fit clamp system for easy telescoping leg adjustment. Slide lighter easel pads or single sheets into the spring loaded flip-down chart holder or simply snap a heavier easel pad into the built-in clamp on top for added strength. Two durable chart supports adjust in four directions: up and down & front to back for support on bottom. Locking center brace adds stability for tabletop or floor use.
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The easel inside was broken. As you know, with telescoping legs, there is always a clamp or screw-type compression ring to locked the extended leg in place. In this case they are clamps with a locking lever. Two of them were cracked from top to bottom, so the legs would not remain extended.
This Easel also has a lever locking mechanism at the top for locking the crossbar in place. The crossbar has a rectangular stem that slides into a rectangular hole in the locking mechanism. When the lock is moved to a locked position, it pushes another block up against the rectangular tab to hold the crossbar in place.
When my easel arrived this block was filling the hole preventing me from inserting the tab on the crossbar. I had to free it with a screwdriver, so it would slide back into the slot where it is supposed to be when in the unlocked position. As you may have guessed, the locked position did nothing to hold the crossbar any more securely than the unlocked position.
I called the manufacturer. They were very understanding and professional. They offered a replacement (of course) with no requirement for me to return the original. It arrived in three days.
I opened the boxes. Again, the packaging was not damaged in shipping. The easel appeared to be in good shape. I immediately inspected the clamps for cracks and found none. I checked the crossbar receiver, and it was working perfectly. When in the unlocked position the rectangular hole was completely open. When in the locked position the rectangular block inside the mechanism pressed into the hole about a 1/16". I was feeling pretty good by this point. Wait for it....
I spread the legs apart to put the three arm stabilizing assembly in place. I wish someone had been video recording the wrestling match that ensued. I felt like I was reprising a scene from I Love Lucy. I cannot describe the specific challenges the laws of physics presented, but suffice it say after about fifteen seconds of colorful language I emerged the victor. I must have taught the easel a lesson for that episode has not replayed itself since.
Now I unlock the compression clamps to extend the legs. The first leg fully extended with only the aid of gravity. I liked that. The second leg needed more than gravity but not much more. I little prodding and pulling by me was sufficient. It was acceptable but not preferable.
The third leg, well..... The third leg attempted an escape. I opened the clamp and it not only descended easily with the force of gravity, it flew off the tripod altogether. as a matter of fact it came off pulling the clamp off the upper leg with it and the soft plastic bushing that filled the space between the upper and lower leg. After more colorful language and another, less vigorous wrestling match the easel was back together.
I finally got the darn [expletive replaced] thing set up and tested it for stability and strength. Not bad. I know this is the lower price point. I don't expect it to be strong enough to substitute as an engine hoist. I am satisfied that it will serve the purpose for which I intended it.
I collapse the legs. I push up the center stabilizer and find it won't fold up evenly. I'm not sure how to explain this for the reader, but the result was one of the legs was pushed off to one side when the easel was in the folded position. I exercised a little brute force, opened and closed it a couple of times and now it seems to folding up as I would expect. I did not notice that center of the stabilizer rubs against and scratches the finish on the legs when in the folded position. You can either live with that or apply some black electrical tape, black duct tape, or [I used] black rescue tape to the legs to protect them.
After all this fun, I concluded to rate this a three, because it is more stable than many easels I've seen. I'm writing off the poor quality control as the savings I got for a lower price easel. I only have occasional need. I did not to want fork over $100+ for my use. If you need one more frequently, may want to start here and upgrade later if extended use reveals only more issues.
By the way, the escaping leg issue is no longer a problem. It happened one more time. I responded with glue.
I would not recommend this item.