The most important criterion for a good tripod is its stability,
quite explicitly, the torsional rigidity. That is why providing the highest quality tripods to support the needs of professional Surveyors, Engineers, Architects, and General Contractors across the USA is so important to us.
Other substantial benefits are the height stability under load and the minimal horizontal drift. Also not to be underestimated are advantages such as long life, optimal vibration dampening, water resistance, outstanding behavior in solar radiation and their weight in relation to load-bearing capacity.
The stability of the original Leica Geosystems tripods are manufactured solely from wood or aluminium. Wood, especially the beech and birch used by Leica Geosystems, offers the best stability values, measured on vertical movement and horizontal drift over time.
Wood also exhibits optimal vibration characteristics and therefore delivers substantial benefits, especially in the use of motorised TPS. The surfaces of the wooden tripods are sealed several times to prevent moisture absorption and to maximum longevity. Aluminium tripods are robust and save weight, their
range of application is however limited.