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BUD100 BUD200
BUD100 BUD200

Overview


BUD100
(#1863)

Front View: Closed Rear View: Closed
Front View: Closed Rear View: Closed
 
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging

Technical Details

I acquired my DMM Buddy BUD100 from Backcountry Gear, 2015.

The DMM Buddy BUD100 is 103 mm. tall, 64 mm. wide, and 28 mm. thick, and weighs 208 g. It is identical to the BUD200 except the anvil is 24.8 mm. in diameter, and the markings are different.

The front of the BUD100 has "BUDDY," "DMM," in raised letters, and a raised skeleton key icon near the locking screw hole. The front is screened with "BUD100," "ROPE Ø10.5-11mm," "EN353-2(2002)," "ANSI Z359.1(2007)," "www.dmmwales.com," "133540698M," and a Sieg Heil icon. The rear has "0120CE," a book icon, and "MADE IN WALES UK" raised in the forging process. The inside of the rear plate has a ring anchor icon, an up-pointing arrow, two lines indicating the rope path, "EN1891," "Ø10.5-11mm," and another Sieg Heil icon.

Comments

My comments on the BUD200 apply to the BUD100 as well.


BUD200
(#1777, 2641)

Front View: Closed Rear View: Closed
Front View: Closed Rear View: Closed
 
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging

Technical Details

I acquired my DMM Buddy BUD200 from Arbor Tech Supply in 2012. I acquired another in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection.

My BUD200 is 64 mm. long, 103 mm. wide, 28 mm. high, and weighs 200 g.

The BUD200 consists of two forged aluminum body plates and several internal parts. Internally, there is a rocker lever on the left. This lever pivots on an 8 mm. post riveted to the rear plate. The lower end of the rocker lever is curved much like a typical lever-cam ascender cam, and six shallow grooves form low-relief teeth on the rope contact face.

Opposite the lower end of the lever is a fixed anvil, held in place by another 8 mm. pin. The anvil is cylindrical, 22.5 mm in diameter, with a groove to engage a notch in the front plate. A slot on the base of the cylindrical portion engages a rib in the back plate, preventing anvil rotation. There is a 4 mm. Allen cap screw in the bottom of the anvil. This is just a holding position, the crew can be used to lock the front plate closed as described later.

The front plate pivots independently on the same pin as the rocker lever, swinging counterclockwise to open.In the closed position, a notch on the left side of the front plate engages the end of the anvil pin.

The eye is subtriangular, measuring 23 mm. high and 24 mm. wide. A small hole in the front plate and a threaded hole in the rear plate allow locking the Buddy closed with a 4 mm. screw.

The front of the BUD200 has "BUDDY," "DMM," in raised letters, and a raised skeleton key icon near the locking screw hole. The front is screened with "BUD200," "ROPE Ø11-13mm," "EN353-2(2002)," "ANSI Z359.1(2007)," "www.dmmwales.com," "1100130015B," and a Sieg Heil icon. The rear has "0120CE," a book icon, and "MADE IN WALES UK" raised in the forging process. The inside of the rear plate has a ring anchor icon, an up-pointing arrow, two lines indicating the rope path, "EN1891," "Ø11-13mm," and another Sieg Heil icon.

Comments

The BUD200 is a nicely made rope grab. It will slide down the rope if not weighted. As usual, I am reluctant to jump over an edge to test whether a rope grab will catch me.

I like having a place to store the locking screw when it is not desired.