Ok. I'm a new, very small shop (just my son and I) who, for now, does small to medium boundary surveys as a side hustle. (usually .25 - 10 acres)
I use a trimble R8-2 with VRS and a Trimble 5603. I'm looking for a couple of tripods and was thinking about the Leica GST101. I'm trying to stay debt free and would move up in tripod when the business grows. I can get these for $95 a piece. Reasonable purchase or no? If not, what is a quality yet economical tripod purchase?
Thanks in advance.
A good tripod taken care of and not left out in the rain will last for years and years 10 to 20, if its a light weight instrument you can get away with a light duty tripod, if its a heavy total station or robotic I would get a heavy duty tripod. I like a tripod with two locking clamps, to keep it more stable, you can find those for around 200 dollars.
I would recommend total fiberglass, this is a great budget priced tripod
Not an answer on longevity, but check out the white paper on tripods on the Leica website. The GST101 performs just as well as the top shelf ones in factory testing.
Field crew only ever got what was bought for them. From that, these (kept in good condition) always provided good results. According to the internet, they now have an all-wood dual-clamp version.