Pocket Jib

Pocket Jib

The Kessler Pocket Jib™ is the ultimate compact, portable jib. Not only is this jib fully collapsible for easy transport, but you can also mount the Kessler Pocket Dolly™ or CineSlider™ to it, turning it into a virtual “all-in-one” production tool, offering both a jib and mini-dolly in one unit.

The Pocket Jib™ has a telescopic dual rail arm design that has a maximum reach of five feet, fully extended, which is approximately 6” less than our KC-8 crane. The end of the crane arm features a ball relocator with 100mm bowl, so you can mount a 100mm ball fluid head. The weight bar system is also telescopic and collapses and folds away for easy transport.

The Pocket Jib™ comes standard with the Swivel Mount that allows you to mount the Pocket Jib™ to your tripod using a 100mm levelable ball, 75mm fixed ring mount, or a flat mount. If you would like to mount the Pocket Jib™ to your Hercules 2.0 head, the Swivel Mount can be removed and the Pocket Jib™ mounted flush to the Hercules 2.0 with the tilt locked with the pin lock in place.

Technical Specs

Unit Weight: 21 lbs. (9.5kg)

Weight Capacity: 20 lbs (arm extended) & 40 lbs (arm compacted) (9kg & 18.1kg)

Collapsed Length: 45.5”

Fully Extended Length: 83.5” (to end of ball relocator) Fully Extended Length: 76” (to end of platform)


Installing on Hercules Head

Like its larger siblings, the Pocket Jib can be mounted to the optional Hercules Head for the greatest support. 1. Install the Hercules Head as usual and move the locking pin to prevent the Hercules Head from tilting. 2. Align the Pocket Jib so the side of the jib is in line with the side of the Hercules Head. 3. Using two (2) 1/4” diameter thumb screws, attach the Pocket Jib to the Hercules head using the middle thread holes.

Installing on Swivel Mount

Exclusive to the Pocket Jib, our Swivel Mount provides great jib support in a compact package. 1. Insert the Swivel Mount into the 100mm bowl of the K-Pod (or other heavy duty tripod rated for the weight of the jib and camera setup). 2. Install the cup washer and handle to the bottom of the Swivel Mount. Note, mount the washer flat side up if you do not want the head to tilt in the bowl (recommended). 3. Remove the two (2) plastic knobs on the Swivel Mount top and lower the Pocket Jib over any two of the diagonal corner holes. 4. While supporting the jib, replace the two (2) plastic knobs and secure.

Extending the Weight Bar

The weight bar collapses for easy transport. To extend it for use, follow this procedure: 1. Loosen the two (2) knobs holding the telescoping weight bar in place. There is one on each side of the jib. 2. Once each side is fully extended, re-tighten the knobs making sure they are fully seated in the recesses provided for alignment. 3. Loosen the two (2) back, ratchet thumb screws to release the horizontal weight bar and slide them back. 4. Swing each side out so they are at 90 degrees two the main jib 5. Slide the two weight bar halves together so the joint is in the center of the bar and re-tighten the ratchet thumb screws.

Using the Ball Mount

The Pocket Jib includes a 100mm ball re-locator so you can easily attach your fluid head or Hercules head to the end of the jib. 1. Loosen but do not remove the knob holding the ball mount to the end of the pocket jib. 2. Once loose enough, rotate the ball mount around and tighten the knob again. 3. Insert your Hercules head or 100mm fluid head (75mm with optional converter). 4. Tighten fluid head down with cup washer and handle as normal.

Telescoping the Pocket Jib

The Pocket Jib extends from 5 feet to 8 feet with two lock increments in between. 1. Loosen but do not remove the two (2) knobs on the main arms and one (1) knob on the tilt arm of the Pocket Jib. NOTE: On the Pocket Jib Pro, there are two tilt arms. Loosen the knob on each tilt arm to adjust length. 2. Make sure the knobs are loose enough that they are no longer seated in the recessed locking hole of the jib. 3. Extend the jib to the desired length choosing any of the four lock positions. 4. Align the knobs with the recessed locking points. The tilt arm knob may require tilting the head of the Pocket jib in order to re-align with the lock point. 5. Secure the two (2) knobs on the main arms and one (1) knob (2 on the Pocket Jib Pro) on the tilt arm(s). Make sure the knobs are fully seated in their respective recessed locking points.

Drag Control & Brake

The Pocket Jib has both drag control and brake control. 1. Drag is adjusted by turning the top knob (A) on the Pocket Jib fulcrum point. Turn the knob clock wise to increase drag and counter clockwise to decrease drag. 2. The brake is adjusted by turning the bottom knob (B) on the Pocket Jib fulcrum point. The brake has an arching track and can be used to aid in locking down lift angles of the jib.

NOTE: The brake is provided as an added safety feature. It is important that your jib setup is properly balanced before use. Do not use the brake to compensate for an unbalanced configuration.

Trouble Shooting and Technical Support

OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm EST.
Phone - (574) 936-3341
Email - info@kesslercrane.com
:!: International inquiries, please e-mail international@kesslercrane.com


If anything goes wrong, relax! Just ship us the broken or worn out part and upon receipt we will ship out a replacement within 24 hours (non-U.S. customers are responsible for all shipping charges). Lifetime guarantee applies to mechanical workings and

structural integrity of crane / jib only.

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

We know we’ve made a lot of claims and we stand behind them! What better way to back them up than give you 14 days to look the Kessler Crane™ product over to see how we stack up. If you find that we fall short on performance, craftsmanship or

quality, send it back. Upon receipt you will be given a full refund for the purchase price of the Kessler Crane® product.

Return Policy

No returns will be accepted without a return authorization number. You can call or email Kessler Crane® to obtain your RA#. All returns must be packaged carefully as when received and returned in the original box. The returned item(s) must be insured

for the purchase value of the contents. All shipping cost associated with the return is at the responsibility of the customer. All items must be returned in re-sellable condition to receive a full purchase price refund. Kessler Crane™ reserves the right to

inspect the product and apply a 20% re-stocking fee. Any returned non-Kessler Crane™ product will be subject to a 20% re-stocking fee.

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