Tripods / CM106B
CM106B 7 to 10 ft Galvanized-Steel-Tubing Tripod with Grounding Kit
Light, Adjustable, Rugged
Galvanized tubing is light, strong, and corrosion-resistant
weather applications water applications energy applications gas flux & turbulence applications infrastructure applications soil applications

Overview

The CM106B is an adjustable tripod made of galvanized steel tubing. It is adjustable from 7 to 10 ft. Because the CM106B is made from tubing, it is lighter than our older tripods (CM6 and CM10), which are made with pipe. The CM106B is a general-purpose tripod designed for permanent or temporary installations. It can be used for mounting sensors, solar panels, antennas, and instrument enclosures.

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Benefits and Features

  • Support for meteorological sensors, hydrological sensors, sensor mounts, solar panels, environmental enclosures
  • Portable instrument mount
  • Lightning and grounding rods, grounding cables, grounding cable clamps, ground stakes, and UV-resistant cable ties included
  • Enclosures can be mounted on tripod leg, as well as mast
  • Enclosures mount higher on the leg for easier access
  • Easy to assemble

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Detailed Description

 The CM106B is constructed with individually adjusted legs that allow installation over uneven terrain. Height of the mast is 2.1 m (7 ft), or 3 m (10 ft) with the mast extended.

The CM106B includes lightning and grounding rods, grounding cables, UV resistant cable ties, and stakes for securing the tripod feet to the ground. An optional guy kit is recommended for sites that may experience high wind speeds. (See Allowable Wind Speeds in the Specifications.) Instrument enclosures can be purchased with mounting brackets that attach to either the mast or leg base.

The CM106B can be used for a variety of applications. For meteorological stations, sensors are mounted to the tripod using mounting brackets appropriate for the model of sensor. For nonmeteorological applications, the tripod can be used to mount instrument enclosures, solar panels, junction boxes, or antennas.

Specifications

Vertical Load Limit 200 kg (440 lb)
Leveling Adjustment Slide collars on each leg adjust individually.
Maximum Slope Angle 45° or 100% grade
Measurement Height
  • 2.1 to 2.8 m (7 to 9.3 ft) with upper mast retracted
  • 3 to 3.7 m (10 to 12.3 ft) with upper mast extended
Leg Base 11.43 x 13.97 cm (4.5 x 5.5 in.) with four 1.58 cm (0.62 in.) holes for stakes
Collapsed Diameter 20.3 cm (8 in.)
Collapsed Length 1.83 m (6 ft)
Main Lower Mast Outer Diameter 48 mm (1.90 in.)
Retractable Upper Mast Outer Diameter 44 mm (1.74 in.)
Base Diameter 2.7 to 3.5 m (8.7 to 11.5 ft)
Weight 24.5 kg (54 lb) with mast

Maximum Allowable Sustained Wind

-NOTE- Allowable sustained wind and wind gust values assume the following:
  • Sensors (effective area = 1.4 ft2) at top of mast
  • Solar panel (10.5 in. x 16.5 in.) at mast base
  • Enclosure (14 in. x 16 in.) mounted to leg
  • Guy wires attached to mast at 3.8 ft above tripod body
  • Adequate ground anchors (stakes alone may not resist foot vertical pullout force)
Mast Extended
  • 28 m/s (62 mph) unguyed
  • 45 m/s (102 mph) guyed
Mast Retracted
  • 36 m/s (80 mph) unguyed
  • 55 m/s (122 mph) guyed

Maximum Allowable Wind Gust

-NOTE- Allowable sustained wind and wind gust values assume the following:
  • Sensors (effective area = 1.4 ft2) at top of mast
  • Solar panel (10.5 in. x 16.5 in.) at mast base
  • Enclosure (14 in. x 16 in.) mounted to leg
  • Guy wires attached to mast at 3.8 ft above tripod body
  • Adequate ground anchors (stakes alone may not resist foot vertical pullout force)
Mast Extended
  • 36 m/s (81 mph) unguyed
  • 59 m/s (132 mph) guyed
Mast Retracted
  • 46 m/s (104 mph) unguyed
  • 71 m/s (159 mph) guyed

Compatibility

Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.

Mounting Equipment

Product Compatible Note
019ALU (retired)
CM202
CM202SS
CM203
CM204
CM204SS
CM206
UT018-5 (retired)

Additional Compatibility Information

Enclosure Brackets

Mast

The “-MM” mount option for our environmental enclosures is intended for mounting the enclosure to a tripod's mast. An enclosure ordered with this option will be shipped with a three-piece bracket mounted to the top of the enclosure and an identical three-piece bracket mounted to the bottom of the enclosure.

Leg Base

All of our standard enclosures (including the ENC16/18) can be mounted to the CM106's leg base. The "-LM" mount option for our environmental enclosures allows the enclosure to be attached to the leg base of the CM106. This option includes a metal flange, two brackets, and a 2.5" u-bolt. The brackets attach to the right and left side of the enclosure, and the flange attaches to the tripod near the mast. The flange fits into a notch in one of the brackets, and the other bracket connects to a tripod leg via the u-bolt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to CM106B: 3

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  1. Refer to the CM106B Tripod Instruction Manual, which offers a “Tools List” section, as well as a detailed “Tripod Installation” section. 

  2. With regard to height, these two mounting structures are similar:

    • The UT10 tower supports a 10 ft measurement height.
    • The CM106B tripod is adjustable from 7 to 10 ft.

    There are some notable differences:

    • The UT10 tower has a smaller footprint and is generally preferred when concrete (approximately 1 cubic yard) is available at the site. 
    • If a CM106B tripod is guyed and has its mast extended, the tripod’s maximum allowable sustained wind is 100 mph. In comparison, the UT10’s wind load recommendation is a maximum of 110 mph. 
  3. To provide additional support for the mast in areas that experience high wind speeds, order the optional guy kit for the CM106B (pn 29813). Refer to the Specifications information on the CM106B product page, which describes a guy kit’s effect on the “Maximum Allowable Sustained Wind” and the “Maximum Allowable Wind Gust” of a CM106B.

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