Winterhoff is a German trailer component manufacturer that first produced this format of corner steady - hence its name. Because its a good design as well as an easy one to copy many others now make Winterhoff steadies, but they're still called Winterhoff if they look like the original product.
Existing Winterhoff steadies are motorised by fitting 12VDC gearmotors in a DIY procedure easily accomplished at home by anyone with moderate tool skills. The motors are wired back to a control unit which communicates Bluetooth to the mobile phone app.
Motorised Leveling with Winterhoff Steadies
The mobile phonre is placed flat on a table and you tap the UP/DOWN pushbuttons to drive the corner lift motors until the dots centre on the crosshairs.
Leveling motors are supplied with ramped startup current and are automatically shut down when a current spike indicates that end-of-travel has been reached in either direction. Leveling motor current is diplayed on the screen of the mobile phone.
The motorising of the corner steadies is an easy DIY project available to anyone with moderate hand skills. See a step by step tutorial and video here.
Calibrating the Leveling Crosshairs
To eliminate instrument errors that may exist in the mobile phone or its jacket you can calibrate the crosshairs to zero by placing the phone on a flat and level surface, and then double clicking the DactylTech logo while pressing eitherof the crosshairs. The phone will buzz and the red dots will centre.
This calibration will apply until the app is terminated.
Motorised Winterhoff Steady
Motorised Corner Steady
An easy DIY project requiring only common tools and no special skills.
The MAC Address
In the Bluetooth Communications world the master device (the mobile phone) needs to know the Media Access Control (MAC) address of the slaves (the remote control units).
When establishing a Bluetooth connection between the mobile phone app and the control unit for the first time you will be asked for a Pairing Pin. This is PIN is 1234.
To enter the MAC address double click on the app heading. Edit the MAC address to what is reflected on the product label and click on the app title again. The data as entered will be saved.
When installing app updates it can be expected that the data previosly entered in this area will be lost, and you will need to re-enter it.
From V6.0 upwards the Android operating system requires the user to grant permission for an app to use system resources such as the camers flash. The first time (only the first time) the flash is used you will be asked to grant permission for it's use. When this happens the app will be paused by Andoid and will have to be manually resumed.
Levelation Controller R2500
Estimated cost of DIY upgrades to existing Winterhoff-type steadies: R18,000
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