How to Change a Head


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.


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: 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


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