Why doesn’t my head lock? It moves a little bit even though everything is locked down!

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Loose Head

This is actually a very simple fix.  On most Manfrotto Tripods, the head is removable.  Over time or heavy use, the connection between the head and the tripod will loosen up a little bit.  It may not unscrew more than a little bit that is mostly unnoticeable, because there are locking screws that are supposed to keep the head from moving are stopping it.

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Grub Screw on Manfrotto tripod

So, raise the center column as far up as it will go.  Look under the head.  There you should see at least one or as many as three “grub screws.”  These are slotted screws that when tightened lock the head to the tripod and keep it from moving.  To repair the problem… just back out the grub screws a little bit.  Then unscrew the head and then re-tighten it.  Re-tighten the grub screws and Voila!  You are done.

Please remember: DO NOT USE finger nail polish or Loc-tite on the head or grub screws to “lock” them in place.  You may make it impossible to repair this head again in the future.

Also be aware: There are several variations of these spare parts.  Older style for number models like 055 or 190. Find it here. The newer style for lettered models like MT055 or MT190  are found here.

If you are having problems, or for a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you. Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.

Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles. Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.

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How to Change a Head

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Changing most Manfrotto heads is easy.  On those tripods that have heads that can be removed you just look for the locking screws below the head, but above the center column post.

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Grub Screws shown locking head to Manfrotto Tripod

The tripod on the left has three locking screws, while some may only one.

You only need to loosen the locking screws and while looking down at the head, turn it counter clockwise. You may have to tighten the panning knob extra tight so the head doesn’t just pan, instead of unscrew.  Also, if the head has been on a long time a quick, firm tap with the palm of your hand to jar loose the head may be needed.  Shouldn’t take a lot of force.  If it does, you may need to completely remove the lock screws.

Never use a hammer to beat on the head, this will deform the parts, and make it impossible to remove.

Remember to NEVER use fingernail polish or Loc-Tite to set the screw after you put the new head on;  you may never get the head off after that, and we may not either.

If you are having problems, or for a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you.  Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.

Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles.  Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.

 

Post was changed to reflect the address change