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Does the job, good price but.....
on 9 January 2012
Encouraged by other reviews we decided to purchase this bracket, although I was a bit suspicious of the massive discount from RRP, which suggested it had been reduced by over one hundred pounds! Hmmm.
It was purchased to mount our new Toshiba 32BV801B television in a spare room where space was at a premium. Delivery, despite being during the Christmas/New Year holidays was truly excellent! Arrived within 48hrs of ordering, well packaged and containing the "universal fitting kit" designed for mounting the majority of televisions on the market. Ah, well, that would be the majority except Toshiba! Yes, you read that correctly; the assortment of different sizes of machine screws don't fit a Toshiba (we checked with a different Toshiba model too, and no luck there either!) so be aware of that.
Fitting is easy enough. One electric drill, one 10mm masonry drill bit, one screwdriver/10mm spanner, spirit level and you'll have the bracket up in no time. My advice; disassemble the bracket by taking out the central swivel bolt; it helps ease the marking of the holes and if you then fit the base bracket to the television you can simply slide the television into position and drop the bolt through and tighten, job done.
Good range of adjustment, certainly enough for our needs. Another top tip; connect all the rear leads before mounting the television to the bracket!
However, apart from the glaring omission of machine screws that fit a Toshiba, my biggest concern is the quality of the joint at the swivel. It is quite flimsy with a wide range of movement even when fully tightened. Yes, it is holding our 9Kg television quite happily and once adjusted in the horizontal plane stays there but if you need to connect/disconnect cables it moves instantly out of level, time for the spirit level again...!
The instructions reckon it is safe for up to 30Kg/66lbs loadings but I'm not convinced I'd be happy putting that sort of weight on it, simply due to that movement in the swivel section, then again at that weight I'd have gone for a "bar" type bracket, but this one is ideal for lightweight/smaller televisions.
Summary: good company with great service, product ideal for smaller/lighter televisions but not recommended for anything approaching the advertised weight limit and make sure you have the correct machine screws for the rear of your brand of television before you start!