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[Towertalk] US Tower TX 472MDP Raising Fixture

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Subject: [Towertalk] US Tower TX 472MDP Raising Fixture
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Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 16:18:52 EDT
In a message dated 9/4/2002 3:03:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> >'re right there's a load lock brake and a rachet pawl that
> holds
> > the weight.  Crank clockwise to raise the tower and counterclockwise to
> > lower it.  You should hear the rachet pawl clicking while cranking up, 
> but
> > you won't hear it while cranking down because the load brake is 
> activated.
> >
> I might not have the TX472MDP Raising Fixture but I do have the MDP
> raising fixture that came with a used HDX472MDP tower.  The fixture
> uses a Fulton 2550 brake winch.  I also have three other Fulton2550
> brake winches on other towers.

Follow-up. Helping a fellow ham over the past two days I have raised and 
lowered the TX472MDP using the fixture. I was installing Force12 yagis on a 
20' mast, also using the mast raising fixture that is available with that 
tower. Things worked very well. I want to thank all of the op's that dropped 
me a note with comments, it built my confidence to lean that big puppy over. 
It is quite a sight to see, almost a ton of tower being supported by two 
pivot bolts and 1/4" cable/winch etc etc.  But it works FB.   73 Bill

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