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Old 01-18-2016, 08:13 PM
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Default John's Rotisserie

VAF has a new advertiser and here's a review of one of their products.
Heartland Machine & Manufacturing, John's Rotisserie
Heartland Machine & Manufacturing

Check out the web page for pricing, details, photos and a video.
Here's a photo of the parts included. Note the "Tail Support Kit" is not included.



Assembly it pretty easy.
Forward End
In the site video he recommends 2" X 4" braces. I tend to over engineer so I elected to fabricate some angle iron brackets for the forward end. In my case, the engine mount holes have not been drilled full size and I didn't feel confident in 3/16" bolts through a 2" X 4". Two vertical brackets and one horizontal bracket were fabricated and drilled for the roll assembly.
Aft end
Tail draggers can rotate on the tail spring. Nose draggers need to install something to use as a rotational pivot point. There is a "Tail Support Kit" available. Notice it in the photo. I wanted to use a plywood deck clamped to the longerons with a 3/4" pipe.
Final Assembly
The uprights (4" X 4" X 8'), bolts (3/8"), washers and nuts are not included. It's all standard stuff and easy to find. Simply cut the beam to your desired height. I chose 48" Aft and 36" forward. Next match drill the beams for the feet and rotational brackets and bolt everything in place.
Mounting the Fuse
The fuse is meant to be lifted on the forward end and the bolt inserted into the top of the leg. Then the aft end is lifted and the fuse rotates into place.
I found it easier to mount everything to the forward end first and lift the tail. My fuse was already on saw horses. Once everything was bolted in place, the forward leg was hanging. I lifted the tail till the forward leg rested on the floor and Sweetie pulled the forward saw horse. Next I lifted the tail again and she slid the aft leg in place and removed the saw horse. Easy peasy.
Rotisserie Operation
Sweetie held the fuse, I pulled the pin and we rotated it 90 degrees. Insert the pin and it's firmly in place. Honestly, I was pretty nervous the first time but it's very solid. I can rotate it easy by myself.
First Impressions
The fuse is easy to rotate. The feet are very solid. I'm not at all worried about it tipping or rocking fore and aft. The height can be easily changed simply by putting the fuse back on a saw horse and replacing the beam with another of the desired height.
Here's a finished photo and there are lots more on my blog "Fuselage" page.
Please direct product questions to Heartland Manufacturing.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:26 PM
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Default Heartland Machine & Mfg.

Thank you Larry for the review and comments. Much appreciated!

I also appreciate all the inquiry's that have come from VAF on the rotisserie kit over the last couple days. Lot's of good comments and suggestions. We will be continually updating our site with new information and short videos on assembly and mounting, and product improvements based on user feedback.

Having said all that if you need to put your project up on a rotisserie down the road please keep us in mind.

Thanks again to Larry (WireJock) for trusting the kit to support his build.

And thank you DR for having me as an advertiser!

John Price
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:33 PM
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How stable is it? With only the three legs I'd be leery of knocking it over. I think that's why office chairs often have five.

Dave
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:45 PM
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How stable is it? With only the three legs I'd be leery of knocking it over. I think that's why office chairs often have five.

Dave
Not to answer for John but...
Suprisingly stable. I was working on the fuse today. It would take a pretty hard shove to tip the fuse. I'm not going to measure the force but it feels pretty solid. I suspect the feet would slide across the floor before it would tip. The span across the feet is about 36". It's much wider than a HF engine stand.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:09 AM
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I had bookmarked the website after seeing the post on their advertising. Good to see reviews. Definitely on my must-have list.
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:08 PM
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I was wondering ......
I assume the rotasserie can be used after the aft deck riveting and before fitting the VS (for fuselage rigidity).
Do the firewall need to be partially riveted as well ?
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:44 PM
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It looks like the website is down? Are these guys still in business?
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Old 01-19-2017, 04:13 AM
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I was wondering the same thing. Doing a search on the company name I saw some results that indicated it would be closing. I'm going to try the phone number later today and share the results.
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:24 AM
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Sounds good. I am not at the fuse stage yet, but I'd be willing to buy one of these rotisseries now if he's going out of business and has any left.
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Old 01-19-2017, 11:20 AM
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VAF has a new advertiser and here's a review of one of their products.
Heartland Machine & Manufacturing, John's Rotisserie
Heartland Machine & Manufacturing

Check out the web page for pricing, details, photos and a video.
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Originally Posted by jpmfgman View Post
Thank you Larry for the review and comments. Much appreciated!

I also appreciate all the inquiry's that have come from VAF on the rotisserie kit over the last couple days. Lot's of good comments and suggestions. We will be continually updating our site with new information and short videos on assembly and mounting, and product improvements based on user feedback.

Having said all that if you need to put your project up on a rotisserie down the road please keep us in mind.

Thanks again to Larry (WireJock) for trusting the kit to support his build.

And thank you DR for having me as an advertiser!

John Price
Am I the only one that is not able to access the website linked in both messages?
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