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I agree with David. I have a 12" ATS and it is rock solid and HEAVY.
Used it as one option for my 1100 before I sold it. Now I use it for
my 1600 & Mach2 mounts. As to leveling I find using aluminum
plates of various thicknesses works best under the feet and I don't
fool with the turnbuckles. Can't speak to the AP portable pier as I
never had one. The less parts you fool with the better especially in
ALSO, the 6" Eagle from AP worked very well too
I have two of them and wish
they made a larger version.
On 2/28/2021 11:31 AM, Frost David
I’ve had both. Both are very stable. Get the ATS.
The AP portable pier works well, but needs fairly level ground
to start with and does not have much adjustability. The
turnbuckle system isn’t really for adjusting level, it’s to
tighten down the legs and snug everything up. You can adjust a
couple degrees maybe by doing that but beyond that you start
cranking on the pier tube where it connects to the base and it
won’t be sitting level with the base piece that connects the
I had one for about a year for my Mach1 and then
sold it. Later sold the Mach1 and got an 1100. On occasion you
can find deals on the ATS ones used. I did on a 10” one which
is probably overkill, but it was too good to pass up.
The ATS is one piece, not 8 like the AP. And the
ATS has a fair amount of adjustability for leveling. For a
portable pier you can’t beat it, but it is costly and also
heavier. That’s the difference. Cheaper and not very
adjustable, or expensive and very adjustable...and super solid.
If only AP made an Eagle type pier for the 1100..., but it’s
probably not worth their time and money with ATS out there.
I have an 1100GTO on order, so I'm trying to decide what to do
about a portable pier. I am wondering if anyone can share
experiences and/or insight regarding the AP Portable Pier. My
main questions relate to ease of leveling and stability. My
primary setup location is a slightly out-of-level concrete
patio in my backyard (sloped for drainage), but I will also
use it a handful of times per year at my favorite dark
locations in the Colorado mountains and SE Utah desert.
I'm trying to wrap my head around the turnbuckle-based
leveling system of the portable pier. Is it relatively easy to
I'm also considering an ATS portable pier, but obviously
that's quite a bit more expense. My wife is already well into
the head-scratching zone about the cost of this hobby, so
saving $1500 or so would certainly be a plus.
Thanks for any input,