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Subject: [TowerTalk] tower lifting alternatives
From: (David O. Hachadorian)
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 1997 09:46:43 EDT
On Fri, 5 Sep 1997 21:38:03 -0700 (Frank T. Brady)
>I'm trying to decide whether to hire a flat bed tow truck to unload my 
>when it arrives or build my own hoist.  Also, I would like to build a 
>but sturdy 'dolly' with large enough wheels to roll over the hard 
>ground at our new QTH.

The way I did it was to coordinate with the trucking company
to give me a call before delivery. Then I ran down to the local
rental place and rented an engine puller, which is a hydraulic
lift arm mounted on a stand. When the truck pulled up, I lifted
the accessible end of the tower about two feet, then put 2 pieces
of pipe under the tower. The tower could then be rolled
toward the back of the truck by hand, and one end gently lowered
to the ground, all done by hand, using careful balance. Now
you have one end on the ground, and the other end on the truck.
Grab the end that's on the truck with the engine puller and lift it
a few inches. Now the truck can drive off, and the tower can be gently
lowered to the ground with the engine puller. It's relatively easy
to lift one end of the tower and place pipes under it to roll it
around once it's on the ground. Use balance and leverage instead
of brute force.

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL

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