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John Szimanski

Photos of a prototype of the base Gripanator and different options have been posted today here

http://www.fractionalplates.com/equipment/equipment45.html .

This machine is in transit for field testing. We will tweak if required, then crunch the numbers. We do not have a target date at this point - we are more interested in getting it done right, no matter what it takes. With luck, we will be able to start executing pre-orders in early December.

Our webmaster only had time to post the photos. We offer the following captions to address general questions. No other details can be released at this time. Attempting to do so would be premature and delay the actual release. We will provide a thorough accounting as soon as possible.

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1. Base Gripanator with optional armrest pad, negative assist arm, Olympic sleeve and GINC. Viewed from the front in the open position. Loaded with a pair of dimes. Note adjustable cushion pedestal that varies the included angle of the grips.

2. Base Gripanator with optional armrest pad, negative assist arm, Olympic sleeve and GINC. Viewed from the front in the closed position. Loaded with a pair of dimes. For negative work, the leverage arm is propped open with the negative assist arm. The sleeve is then loaded and collared. The gripster gets in position with his hand on the grips, and nudges up slightly on the stack causing the negative assist arm to drop away. From this position the gripster does timed holds or openings.

3. Base Gripanator with optional armrest pad, negative assist arm, Olympic sleeve and GINC. Viewed from the left in the closed position. Loaded with a pair of dimes.

4. Base Gripanator with negative assist arm, Olympic sleeve and competition casters. Viewed from the front in the open position. For competition the Gripanator is placed in a painted or electronic rectangular field. For the painted field, line judges call ‘foul’ if the competitor cheats and pushes any of the wheels outside the field. For the electronic field, a red light illuminates if the competitor cheats and pushes any part of the Gripanator outside the field.

5. Base Gripanator with optional armrest pad, negative assist arm, Olympic sleeve and GINC. Viewed from the front in the open position. Loaded with a pair of quarters.

John

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WannaGrip,

Have you asked Santa what you want for Christmas?  Now you have something in mind!  :)

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John Szimanski

James,

"How much can it hold?" is often the first question people ask about any of our equipment. Usually the question is better rephrased as, "How much can you lift?" All of our items are designed to hold as much iron as you can fit on the sleeves and lift. How many plates fit on the Gripanator's 10" sleeve depends on the thickness of your plates. Assuming nominal 1" thick plates, and using dimes, 90 pounds on the sleeve and a nominal 4-to-1 leverage arm will be more than enough for most. You can always grunt it out with nine quarters. We'd love a photo!

BTW, you may find the Gripanator appeals to your artistic interest as well as your animal instinct. It is being entered in a NY design show next month. Your better half may take on a very supportive attitude once she recognizes the Gripanator as modern art. Coffee table grip art. ;)

John

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John Szimanski

Yes, James. The equation is correct.

As the Gen II developed it became Transformer-like. We just let form follow function. The Gripanator name just popped up. We are evaluating the addition of a spike and rotating sawblades for the robot wars.

John

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Guest kINGPIN

On the PDA site I saw a little bag for carrying fractional plates in and thought that that is a good idea for people who use a lot but I only have two 1/2 kilo fractionals so I have no need for them.  Anyway, a little idea I have been throwing around my head for a little while is to have a carrying case for the CoC's to keep them out of harms way.  Either in the form of indivitual or as a set.  I think that they may sell.  If I take mine anywhere I always have to wrap them up in a small plastic bag.

Just a thought

Andy   :)

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John Szimanski

Hey, Strongman

We will provide photos to provide perspective and let people know that it fits in a 24x14x10" shipping box. Specific dimensions and particular details, as well as seemingly innocuos information, won't be released either. We have always provided more than enough detail on our site and in communications (and, by some, criticized for having too much information). Now we will provide enough information to make an informed decision without providing detailed design information of any sort. This new policy will become standard for all of our equipment.  It would be appropriate to refer to the new policy as our Copylifter's Warehouse policy. ;)

So, as an example, how do we handle your question appropriately? By asking, 'How much space do you have to fit it in?' and telling you if it will or won't fit.  

John

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John Szimanski

David,

The quick answer is, it will not cost anyone more than a small fraction of what the development, prototyping and testing has cost. A more thorough response -

Trial testing looks good. We have four items to finish up:

1. Interchangeable aluminum grips.

2. The Beyond-the-Range (BTR) grip.

3. Adjustable length on the negative assist arm.

4. A trigger on the negative assist arm (so you can control how long you stay in the close range).

Then we can crunch the numbers. We still expect the base machine to come in slightly higher than the Atlas. Options will be additional, as one would expect. Final cost and final weight depends on what is ordered. There will be too many options for our cart to handle so we will simply list the base machine and follow up personally for specifics.

Pricing will follow our usual policy - what it cost us plus what we need to remain viable. We have no regard for 'what the market will bear', 'competition', etc.

Those on the waiting list (32 to date) will have the opportunity to review the final numbers and have their machines built in the first batch. We are using this approach to expedite the first batch. Details will be sent out to all those on the list at the same time. We will not delay those on the list by responding to off-the-list inquiries before the site posting. The details will be posted on site after the first batch has started. Subsequent orders not in inventory will be built as needed. Because of the option/inventory issue we will only be stocking two completed base units (fixed steel handles, standard (1") sleeve and no options, painted) and several cores (no handles, unpainted). Base units in stock will be quick-ship. Otherwise, shipping will depend on the shop schedule.

John

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