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[TowerTalk] Back On Topic -- Are These Parts OK for a Rohn 45Tower?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Back On Topic -- Are These Parts OK for a Rohn 45Tower?
From: (Michael Tope)
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 1999 08:53:05 -0800

I had a similar experience with Rohn 25 accessories that I
purchased about 6 months ago. I had to re-drill the bearing
templates in the BAS25G top section. This problem was common 
to two pieces that I received. The legs on the BAS25G were 
noticeably crooked, and the accessory shelf was not parallel 
to the top plate. It looked like a blind person with a drinking 
problem had put it together. 

When Gerald Williamson at Texas Tower checked his stock on 
these parts, he found that the whole lot was like this. 

Mike, W4EF............

From:   Richard L. King[]
Sent:   Wednesday, December 08, 1999 8:01 AM
Subject:        Re: [TowerTalk] Back On Topic -- Are These Parts OK for a Rohn 

Let me add to this that summer-before-last I received 41 sections of 45G
direct from Rohn. I also bought several top-plates, accessory plates,
turnbuckles, etc. Of the 45G sections received I discovered that:

10 sections had a crooked sleeve on the bottom of one of the legs that I
think was welded at an angle. It was bad enough to cause serious problems
fitting to the section below it. I had to replace these sections. Rohn
claimed shipping damage and the trucking company paid up. But I know the
problem was with Rohn and not the trucking company. That's a 25% quality
problem. I have since found some more tower sections with the problem that
aren't as bad and can be used. I missed spotting these from my first

Another section had a missing Z-brace weld. The weld was never done and it
was galvanized over. Rohn replaced this section after I sent them a photo
of the gap between the Z-brace and the leg.

The accessory plates and the flat top plates are all drilled slightly
off-center. I recently found one top plate (BPL45G) that was so far off it
was unusable. It had to be removed from a 195 foot tower and replaced. This
delayed installation of the mast and beam. I don't know yet if Rohn will
replace this. I need to call them about this today.

One of my top plates has tower-leg holes drilled slightly off. I managed to
get the bolts through anyway.

One tip. If you receive a shipment from Rohn, inspect carefully the tower
and hardware as it is unloaded. If it is damaged, refuse the damaged
portion and make the driver take it back. That way, Rohn will have to send
you a replacement. If you accept the tower, even by noting the damage on
the invoice/bill of lading, Rohn will refuse to replace it and tell you to
make a claim with the trucking company.

Rohn needs a serious competitor to get them back on-track with their
quality and customer service.

73, Richard - K5NA

At 02:48 AM 12/6/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Several things:
>The holes on the large end of the tubes were incorrect. In one case, 90
>degrees off.
>The welded sleeve, making the large end of the tube, was, in several
>cases, welded on crooked.
>A few had the end of a tube torn (probably not a shipping issue).
>Several braces were badly bent (maybe a shipping issue).
>Several brace welds were defective.
>Gerry, W6TER
> wrote:
>> In a message dated 99-12-05 05:08:47 EST, writes:
>> > Be sure and look at the tower sections you receive, Rohn is having
>> >  quality control problems. Of 26 sections I received, many were faulty.
>> >  The dealer, in turn, found that over 50% of his inventory was defective.
>>        What was 'defective'?
>> Cheers,   Steve  K7LXC
>> Tower Tech
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