recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

DillDill Posts: 170Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
I'm looking for a decent pole mount for my 3, 235 watt panels. I don't require anything fancy, just something I can adjust the angle to a few times a year, and is fairly affordable. Each panel measures 65"x39", the plan is to sink a pipe out near the north edge of my property and put this mount on it. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  • mtdocmtdoc Posts: 600Solar Expert ✭✭
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

    I have no personal experience with this one but I've been looking at THIS top of pole mount on ebay and considering it as an inexpensive solution for my next system expansion.

    I have one array on a Wattsun pole mount tracker which I am very happy with but they are expensive. Other comercial fixed pole mount systems are also pretty expensive.
  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 8,002Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

    Those U bolt clamps will not hold well in high wind. Even the ones for TV receiving antennas have toothed "grippers" to bite the pipe.
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  • mtdocmtdoc Posts: 600Solar Expert ✭✭
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

    Very good point Mike! He does sell just the bracket for the top of the pole, so I suppose one could substitute a square profile piece of metal stock- but then adjustment of angle would be more difficult...
  • GlamslandGlamsland Posts: 8Registered Users
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

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    I have this pole mount at my cabin. I made it my self. It is driven by the tinytracker solartracking system. Works just fine!
    Its 3ps 100w panels. Just remember to think about the wind, and how it will behave when the wind rocking on the panels. Make it steady....

    Runar
  • vtmapsvtmaps Posts: 3,738Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels
    Glamsland wrote: »
    I have this pole mount at my cabin. I made it my self.

    Looks very sturdy. Is it sturdy enough to expand your array at some time in the future? Where is it located... snow country? Can it go vertical? The terrain looks rocky... how deep does the pole go? What's that tower on the right side (edge) of the photo?

    --vtMaps
    4 X 235watt Samsung, Midnite ePanel, Outback VFX3524 FM60 & mate, 4 Interstate L16, trimetric, Honda eu2000i
  • GlamslandGlamsland Posts: 8Registered Users
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

    The tower is a high viltage mast.. (20000v) ... It goes just by the cabin thru the woods ... I am in a snow country, in south Norway. We had like 1 meter snow this winter.but no problem for the panels, the snow dont reach the actuator and anyway i dont drive the actuator so much in the winter, the sun dont move so mutch then The pole is a steel pole with a steel Bracket that is bolted to the rocks with 24mm bolts, so it will survive in any weather we have up here. The frame for the panels is made of steel brackets bought in a electrician store and welded together. The big pipe on the top that make is turn has bearings on the top and the sides, just to make it move as smooth as possible..It has a 3-step vertikal adjustment, like a "sommer, fall/spring, and winter setting.
  • DillDill Posts: 170Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

    I'm seeing a trend here....roll yer own mount! I'm going to mount these close enough to the ground so I can clean them off (it snows a fair amount here in MN). I suppose I could even mount two pipes for a bit more security (and possible expansion)
  • JAS33JAS33 Posts: 5Registered Users
    Re: recommend a pole top mount for 3x235 watt panels

    If you are looking for something that is easy to adjust the tilt angle, check out these pole mounts. www.mtsolar.us They have a hand crank that makes it pretty easy to change tilt.
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