Pan/Tilt Bracket Kit (Multi Attachment)

This pan/tilt bracket consists of two brackets and all the hardware you need to attach them to make a pan/tilt mechanism using two servo motors. We recommend our small servo motors listed below.

Note: Servos are not included. The sub-micro servo size works for these mounts.

Pan/Tilt Bracket Kit (Multi Attachment) Product Help and Resources

Basic Servo Control for Beginners

February 25, 2020

An introductory tutorial demonstrating several ways to use and interact with servo motors!

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Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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  • Member #217718 / about 13 years ago / 3

    Can you post the sample code for using a joystick to control the pan/tilt bracket? Having finally got it assembled correctly (I think the assembly instructions are dodgy) and working in 2 axes (using Sweep) I'm still having trouble with the joystick control.....
    - thanks

    • lyweilian / about 13 years ago * / 5

      I know this is very late, but here is some code that I made up between the joystick quickstart sketch and some servo example code.
      #include "Servo.h"
      // Store the Arduino pin associated with each input
      const byte PIN_ANALOG_X = 0;
      const byte PIN_ANALOG_Y = 1;
      Servo pan;
      Servo tilt;
      long currentX=0;
      long currentY=0;
      void setup() {
      void loop() {
      currentX = map((long)analogRead(PIN_ANALOG_X), 0, 1023, 0, 180);
      currentY = map((long)analogRead(PIN_ANALOG_Y), 0, 1023, 0, 180);
      Serial.print("X: ");
      Serial.print(", ");
      Serial.print("Y: ");

  • Member #565914 / about 10 years ago / 2

    Here is a link for the faceplate template for sparkfun pan/tilt servo bracket. The locations of the holes were not clearly defined in the datasheet so I measured them and made this model. I printed out the part with makerbot and I can confirm that the template aligns with the bracket 1:1.

    To see an example of how you could modify this model and add your design on top, take a look at the laser module binding I made.

    This project shows how to make good use of this one. First Arduino and then the Solar Follower, I'm so proud to be Italian.

  • Member #139020 / about 13 years ago / 2

    Nice bracket, but units on the dimensional drawing would be very nice to have!

  • Member #646912 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hello, i have a question about this bracket: How can I mount the brackets to the aluminium channels or the aluminum beans? It´s very important!

  • Feng 1010 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Hi, may i know is it this Pan/Tilt Bracket able move and stop in small angle about 10 degree or less than 10 degree? Thank you.

  • Feng 1010 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Hi, may i know this Pan/Tilt Bracket is it can move in range about 10 degree or less than 10 degree? Thank you.

  • Member #545594 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Can I use this with this servo: ? Thanks!

  • Member #157906 / about 10 years ago / 1


    It says they recommend the small servos listed below but I don't see any motors listed. Anyone know if standard size motors will work?

  • Davinci2 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Can the distances to the centres of the holes also be included in the dimensional drawing? I want to fix it to a camera bracket but that is not possible without knowing where the holes are.

  • kreaturen / about 10 years ago / 1

    What is the thing holding the servo in the middle called? I would need an extra one or equivalent... Sorry, foreign impaired ;)

  • kreaturen / about 10 years ago / 1

    Are dimensions in metric or imperial?

    • Kamiquasi / about 10 years ago / 2

      The dimensional drawing is in metric, base unit is millimeter. See also the comments just above yours, and the 'ruler' image :)

      • kreaturen / about 10 years ago * / 1

        Yes, I just realized seconds later and I didn't find my post to delete it (due to not having an alias yet)... I'm sorry about that, but thank you for answering anyway :)

  • I bought 2 of these and 4 high-strength servos only to find out that they didn't fit into the bracket, which apparently only takes the miniature size ones. Fortunately, when I tried a bunch of different odd ways of putting them together, I eventually found a way that works perfectly when you bend one of the pieces a bit and attach the tilt servo sideways to the outside. It stays together tightly, and it doesn't rub against itself.

  • Weboide / about 11 years ago / 1

    I've tried this bracket with the recommended servos and the head tilts, but it eventually quirks and the head (tilting part) starts tilting further down, and servo is very hot and keeps making noise. No load. I didn't tighten the screws much, and I've put as many washers as possible.

  • Member #457221 / about 11 years ago / 1

    This thing comes with some weak screws. Broke 2 of them within minutes of each other. I'm not that strong.

  • Member #446058 / about 11 years ago / 1

    what is the servo used in this video ? and is there an assembly video ?

  • pYr0 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Can we get some dimensions on the faceplate (i.e. hole spacing)? I need to design a bracket that will screw on to the front of this, and the dimensional drawing provided only gives the outer dimensions of the brackets.

  • Member #401698 / about 11 years ago / 1

    can i attach the cmucam v4 (without arduino) to this

  • thefug / about 11 years ago / 1

    Before assembly, how does one know, how to fix/postion the bracket accordingly, for the "off" or powerless status of the servo ?

  • Sofia / about 12 years ago * / 1

    Can this be mounted onto the end of the robotic servo pan/tilt bracket so I am going to be able to rotate the claw on the end? Also does this require small or medium servos?

  • Levi / about 12 years ago / 1

    Will this work with HS-55 servos? Does anyone know?

  • Will this work with Sparkfun's small servos?

  • samman946 / about 12 years ago / 1

    great tool to have but the screws are easy to strip and its a pain to put together not to happy about trying to assemble it I now have a striped screw and a little ticked otherwise very cool.

  • ianj / about 13 years ago * / 1

    Could you link to the servos you are using with the correct brackets?

  • Member #170911 / about 13 years ago / 1

    It IS possible to fit a medium servo in the bracket. You have to bend the metal piece on the inside a bit with some pliers and kind of jerry-rig it together but I just did it and it works fine! Thanks sparkfun

    • Mastermind / about 13 years ago / 1

      So do you think a servo such as this one would fit? The dimensions are 29x13x30.
      Do you think this will be able to move a 1 lb dome camera up and down?

  • chethan / about 13 years ago / 1

    In case this is useful for anyone else, I made a 3d model of the bracket, which you can download here. It's not meant to be exact, just to approximate the dimensions so you can integrate the bracket into your own 3d-designs for rapid prototyping, etc of components to go around the bracket.

  • Jade / about 13 years ago * / 1

    Since both platforms are identical, one bracket doesn't fit inside the other and instead goes over to one side. Add washers for spacing and you'll end up with even more horizontal offset. That means, whatever you mount on the end may be off center (depending on which holes you use).
    If you stack these platforms like I did, then the offset will increase with every additional joint. Elongated holes can be used for compensation, or the brackets can be bent to fit eachother better, but it's just an extra hassle I wish I didn't have to deal with.
    The last screw - the 3*8 one - get your adamantium screwdriver and unobtanium pliers ready, cause it's gonna mess you up! I got a defective batch (with nuts looking like they were stepped on by an elephant). Tried screwing them in and stripped the thread like it was butter.

  • alxxx / about 13 years ago / 1

    Only problem is the small servo you recommend doesn't come with the disc only horns.
    The servo you show in the picture above isn't the one you recommend ?

  • Member #236804 / about 13 years ago / 1

    can they work with ?

  • Alan412 / about 13 years ago / 1

    I finally got this to work, but that was after every possible wrong step taken. Examine the directions VERY carefully. In the end, my stubborness won out over my ineptitude. But it was a close battle.

  • qandabe / about 13 years ago / 1

    Construction is a bit more difficult than I expected. The self-tapping screws must be really soft because I keep stripping the drive slot. To anyone trying to follow the directions, I recommend using as many washers as possible, because my bracket does not tilt as the pan head (from step three) gets in the way of the motion (in step four). Will try again and see.

  • EliTheIceMan / about 13 years ago / 1

    I want to get a 10+ watt RGB led with a narrow beam lens and stick it on here. Disco light!

  • EdZilla / about 13 years ago * / 1

    I got the brackets and a set of HS-55 servos. So far it's a real challenge to follow the diagrams and get things working. I don't see how you mount the servo to the bracket in panel 3 and have enough clearance for panel 4 to allow the bracket to actuate. This will take some hardware hacking

  • williams / about 13 years ago / 1

    Somehow I managed to buy the Medium servo. As a note to others, the medium servo is too big for the inside servo, so the small is Required. Good news is, I can use the medium for the lower/pan servo.

  • Member #144668 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Whats the max weight this can support?

    • Striker121 / about 13 years ago / 2

      That's really dependent on the servo as the brackets are pretty actually pretty strong, but meant for lighter loads. In my opinion though, if you can fit a servo into the bracket and the SERVO can hold the weight, the bracket will too.

      • Yeah, it would take a lot of weight for the bracket to collapse under load. It's more up to the servo you're using.

    • OddBot / about 13 years ago / 1

      This pan/tilt kit was designed primarily for lightweight IR and ultrasound sensors commonly available. The two large mounting brackets are interchangeable with each having a different pattern.
      It is not intended for heavy loads.

  • Striker121 / about 13 years ago / 1

    These are made by Dagu, right? I can confirm that this work pretty awesomely with decent servos. Which shouldn't be a problem if you get it from Sparkfun (Unlike me, who got mine from somewhere else and it came with $1 terrible servos that quickly broke)

    • OddBot / about 13 years ago / 1

      Recently DAGU changed the servos used for these kits. The teeth on the gears are thicker now. Admittely this is a light weight design for small robots.

  • abey / about 13 years ago / 1

    What's the weight of this assembly?

  • Chiel / about 13 years ago / 1

    can they work with larger servo's then the small?
    the decription says they are recommended but not that they are the only size that fits so im not sure.

    • check the dimensions of each and see if they fit. the small servos work without modification, bigger servos might take some modification.

  • madhak / about 13 years ago /

    A bit of modification with large servo for strong 3DOF

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

Based on 5 ratings:

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2 of 2 found this helpful:

Simple, cheap, and to the point.

It's somewhat brittle. The inset spacer piece (smaller third metal piece) wasn't the right size for the servo I had, and when I tried to bend it a bit, it nearly cracked. I managed to get everything together and it works well, so ultimately no complaints.

3 of 3 found this helpful:

Hard To Assemble!

I had a hard time following the assembly guide partly because it is not specific enough (for example exactly which holes the "self tapping" screws go into the servo horns). I still have not gotten the tilt function just right and it sounds like the tilt servo is being strained. I also found that getting the screws into the servo horns at exactly the right angle is both very important and very difficulty. Use a magnifying lens to help do that!

Overall, I think this product would be very rewarding once assembled. I still have to get there....

1 of 1 found this helpful:

Easier than I thought

I am only given it 4 stars because it is a bit of a pain to assemble. I made sure my servos were center before I started, but because I am all thumbs with small things, my top servo moved a good 20 degrees off center by the time I actually got the top bracket secured.

But at least for me, the movement is great. I am only using it for a kind of art project with a thin plastic mask I bought at Joann's that can shakes its head and nod along with my LeapMotion hand movements. I was able to adjust for my centering mistake by simply bending florist wire to position the mask up right at my 'new' center. I move my hand back and forth and the head shakes its head. I move my hand up and down and it nods. I got it to do double takes and sort of an embarrassed look by moving my hand down and left. It is already freaking my wife out, so I think I am on the right track

The movement is smooth and is not binding or catching on any of the screws.

Is there a trick for centering a servo after the fact?

doesn't work for my application

I am trying to build an obstacle-avoiding vehicle using this pan/tilt bracket with an SR04 ultrasonic sensor and a two small servos (hobby size). And I am following a video online to get it done. But I can't figure out how the servos fit into this bracket--the video seems to have a different bracket. It appears that I ordered the wrong thing. I need a pan/tilt mounting kit.