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 Post subject: Self launch device
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:35 pm 
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Mates, saw a great kite launch device on www.kitelaunchtool.com


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:50 pm 
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Rip off. If you want one of these, you can get them online or from a pet shop for a fraction of the price.


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:12 pm 
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Im useing this type for years, never had any problems. Very solid in the ground. I have made my one myself, but I think 50€ is ok.
I have also seen the petshop version,- often with a kiter running after it;-).

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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:24 pm 
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If you use the dog leash thing from pet shop, I would get 2 or 3 if using in sand. They are cheap. You will have to add a line and carabiner.


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:52 pm 
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I use a tree anchor:

https://www.shforestrysupplies.com/adva ... EBID=14034

Probably overkill, they also have smaller ones, all of them are much better than a dog leash anchor.


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:45 pm 
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William Munney wrote:
I use a tree anchor:

https://www.shforestrysupplies.com/adva ... EBID=14034

Probably overkill, they also have smaller ones, all of them are much better than a dog leash anchor.



William what is the length of the shaft on that tree anchor.

So they work well hey? Can they hold a big kite in decent winds?


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:52 am 
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Westozzy wrote:
William Munney wrote:
I use a tree anchor:

https://www.shforestrysupplies.com/adva ... EBID=14034

Probably overkill, they also have smaller ones, all of them are much better than a dog leash anchor.



William what is the length of the shaft on that tree anchor.

So they work well hey? Can they hold a big kite in decent winds?


The one I have is about 31", but I think the smaller ones would do. I use a small section of 1/2" pipe to screw it in. It holds very well, one of my friends had a kite go across the wind window while attached, the steel shaft was bent but it did not come out of the ground. I also use a strong rope and large snap latches.


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:20 am 
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cleepa wrote:
Rip off. If you want one of these, you can get them online or from a pet shop for a fraction of the price.


Yup... silly expensive.

You can get a tree anchor from a good hardware store for $ 12. Goes even deeper and does not have the silly t handle on top that will be a trap and trip up booby trap after lunching.

Personally I don't like this self launch method. Big ass metal trap in the ground. Kite sitting on the edge of the wind window.... a quick wind shift and kite goes nuts.


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:53 pm 
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Buried Bag of Sand with a tether far better and cheaper than that.


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 Post subject: Re: Self launch device
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:59 pm 
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Scuba diving float anchors work very well for kites. Local scuba diving store was selling an anchor for $20 and better quality than the dog leash anchors...

http://www.houseofscuba.com/dive-signal ... rce=nextag


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