Best Track binder clip upgrade???

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dascomp51
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Best Track binder clip upgrade???

Post by dascomp51 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:20 pm

I'm looking for ideas on ways to upgrade my Best Track. I'd like to replace the binder clips to make setup easier. We run about 15 derbies a year and I'd like to make it easier to setup/tear-down.

Has anyone replaced the binder clips that hold the sections together? I've seen other track designs that use a latch mechanism to hold the sections together, but haven't seen any Best Tracks modified this way.

With all the people that use Best Tracks, it seems like someone must have come up with a better way than using binder clips.

Thoughts????

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Best Track binder clip upgrade???

Post by whodathunkit » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:02 pm

dascomp51,

This may sound alittle crazy but I think you'll like the idea for an upgrade.

What about useing aluminum or small metal C- channels that will slip over
the two connector angles under the track at the joints for the entire lenght across the track.

Drill and tap some treads for several thumb screws down one side of the channel to clamp and hold the connector angles together.
The c-channel clamp like the binder clips should lay flat under the track in the flat of the track.

Just an idea to look at..
that might work for a upgrade over useing the binder clips.

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Re: Best Track binder clip upgrade???

Post by gpraceman » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:14 pm

On a different forum, there was someone that proposed using draw latches. I don't know if anyone has actually tried these or not, but it may well be worth the time.

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