How to Set Up a Two Way Tripod

How to Set Up a Two Way Tripod

Posted by Tim on 13th May 2015

Assemble a Two Way Tripod

We’ve had a slew of questions about our latest laser scanning product, the 2-Way Tripod. Although this is an invaluable tool for laser scanners and surveyors alike, the darn thing can be a bit tricky to put together. In response, we wrote an assembly tutorial for the two way laser scanning tripod; read on for an explanation of how to quickly and efficiently set up this tripod.

List of Parts

Each 2-Way Tripod will come with the following parts:

(1)-Main Tripod Housing

(2)-Mast Extension Bag

(3)-Overhead Safety Adapter

In the Mast Extension Bag:

(1)-4 Extension poles

(2)-Allen key to attach extension poles

(3)-Allen key to attach or remove the tripod head

(4)-Hand crank to raise or lower the mast

(5)-Drill bit to raise or lower the mast via power drill

The Overhead Safety Adapter:

(1)-Three Screws for attaching laser scanners

(2)-Adapter base

(3)-Mounting bracket

Using Leica and Faro Laser Scanners with this Adapter

We’ve thrown in a brief schematic for attaching Leica and Faro Laser Scanners, since these are most popular with our clients – you can email us for more extensive directions for attaching an overhead adapter to a scanner.

How to attach the overhead safety adapter.

Remove the tripod head.


-Use the smaller Allen key to loosen the threaded screws on either side of the tripod head.

-Loosen the screw clamping the head in place

-The Tripod head should slide right off. note that it is not necessary to completely remove the threaded screws in order to detach the head plate.

-At the bottom of the mast a 5/8” female thread should now be visible.

-Screw the Safety adapter into the hole to attach it securely to the tripod mast.


Attaching extension poles to the tripod mast.


-Position the extension pole so that the grooves and scale are aligned.

-Slide the fin on the bottom of the extension pole into the slot in the top of the mast.

-Tighten the brass screw using the larger Allen key.

Repeat as necessary.