Side tray problems for Matrix P25 and F25 boxes

carphauler

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Because the footplate has no support when pushed in (and I thought it might suffer if the weight of the box was on the back of the footplate) I decided to put it on the Preston shuttle with footplate extended. But I did have to make adjustments - I have the rear legs on a wooden platform (at the handle end) and the footplate rests on a wooden block to lift it so it's fairly level. I then put the carryall across the footplate.

From memoryif placed directly onto the shuttle the legs would have been low and would have dragged against the rear wheels - but mine has had a golf trolley motor fixed on the back and the wheels extend outwards more than a basic shuttle. So I'm not sure whether the box just placed on the shuttle would be OK - I think it probably would be. Sorry I can't be any more helpful.
With a Preston box on a shuttle, the footplate would be extended then the box placed on the bracket at the front of the shuttle facing backwards. SPST09_4.jpg
 

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Thanks for that. Mine is on the opposite way round, but whichever way it was put on, the legs would (unless removed) grate against the rear wheels. So I have to raise it so the rear legs are up on a wooden platform, and the front supported so it's roughly level.
 

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Yes, the Octbox is superb quality, as are the accessories. Don't tighten too much - there's no need. If you look inside you will see that the screw doesn't itself screw into the posts - there's a shaped bit inside that is pushed against the post to hold it securely.
Yes I saw that. Just about semi hand tight and it’s solid!!
 

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I've seen several references from posters regarding the fact that the legs of the P25 and F25 are so close to the box it's difficult to fix a side tray and still leave room for a landing net between the two, here is a pic of my set-up.

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I use two short extensions fixed to the 25mm with a strut in each, onto which my Nu-Fish Aqualock side tray is fixed, leaving room for a landing net to lay across the two extensions. My extensions are from Octbox, because I had an Octbox until recently. The two struts are also both Octbox. But doubtless you can get short 25mm legs or similar from elsewhere.
I use a similar setup on my Kiley canal box with a Preston mega side tray but using old Octoplus bits that I had in my parts boxaround
 

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Purely the weight and it has 25mm legs, the same as the Octbox, so I could keep the backrest and accessories.

I got the Octbox because I could turn it into a wheeled barrow. BUT after three years I was three years older and I found it hard work. By the time I got back to the car I was often feeling quite ill. So I got a Frenzee four-wheeled barrow, but that also became too heavy. Also I found it near impossible to lift the Octbox and footplate off the trolley onto a platform without removing the draws first.

Now I have a motorised Preston trolley (though at the moment the motor is not working properly). And I can pick the F25, with footplate extended, off the trolley to take it to the swim.

I can put the whole thing on and off the trolley without altering the footplate, and have a long thin holdall which lays on the footplate for travelling. I've got a van, and a ramp, and can push the whole lot up into the van after a match. But I loved the Octbox, and especially the extending footplate rest for the bump bar.
I take the whole seat off my octbox when moving it ,just a few clips . I have shoulder and tendonitis problems . That makes a massive difference to the weight.
 

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I used to do that, but it was still heavy for me to move, and heavy to wheel.
 

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The two extensions and 25mm post have just arrived......that’s some quality GOzzer!!
Very well made. Put the post through one of the clamps and tightened up a bit....solid!!! Couldn’t move it!!
Mmmm, Octbox D25.....Mmmm 😁👍🎣
Evening Frank,

Happy New Year to you.

Have a look at the Octbox MK19 Compact Seat Box or the Octbox MK19 Ultralight Compact box with Drawers and swivel tray which I have. Really excellent boxes and the swivel tray tray that works as a sidetray is brilliant. Not cheap but excellent quality and lightweight when it's a trek to the peg on a river. :)

There is a YouTube video of the box here
 

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Evening Frank,

Happy New Year to you.

Have a look at the Octbox MK19 Compact Seat Box or the Octbox MK19 Ultralight Compact box with Drawers and swivel tray which I have. Really excellent boxes and the swivel tray tray that works as a sidetray is brilliant. Not cheap but excellent quality and lightweight when it's a trek to the peg on a river. :)

There is a YouTube video of the box here
Hi Kev......Happy New Year to you too.
Yes, they’re a box I’ve always been drawn to. If I decide to get one it will be the full D25.....but I’ll have to wait a while yet.
You know me and seat boxes 🙄😁🎣👍
 
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