....actually I'm very pleased with my new HDX-555 crankup tower and the
support I've received so far from US Towers. Gary and Darla have always
answered my questions (other than the mast yield strength). The tower was
supposed to take 10-14 weeks to arrive but I got it in just under 8 weeks.
After realizing just how hard it is to crankup these heavy towers, I ordered
the MD-75 motor/winch. It arrived a couple weeks later in a very solid
wood box, but the large wheel was bent like pretzel (thanks UPS). One call
to Gary and a replacement was on the way the next day. Bottom line is, I'm
thoroughly impressed with this tower and the folks who build them.
On another note, I've got several photos of the tower installation I'm
scanning in and will offer a link to my website when it's ready to look at.
To summarize, I ordered the tower June 14th and working on just the weekends
(digging, pouring concrete, installing the tower, grounds system and
suppressors, underground conduit, installing the M2 2800 rotator and
Optibeam, etc.) - I just finished it last night. It was a LOT of hard and
hot work and if I were to do it again, I'd wait until January when it's not
sweltering here in south Florida! God bless my poor wife who helped me
during the whole job. Now we can enjoy normal weekends again. :-)
> From: "Richard M. Gillingham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 10:11:00 -0400
> To: email@example.com
> Cc: N8KU@longwire.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Towertalk] US Towers..Lousy Support
> Hmmm.. Not two months ago I needed a part for my hazer. I called GM,
> and had the part in less than a week... I guess the statement that
> your mileage may vary is true..
> Good luck
> Gil, W1RG
> Howard Klein wrote:
>>> favor of any useful comments about the products and dealers/manufacturers
>>> that we give our money to.
>> So, how about some comments on Glen Martin, I didn't even realize they
>> sold whole towers until I went to their web site. They were very
>> prompt with a quote for me for alternatives to Rohn SCL, and the quote
>> was very competitive, but the sticking point would be the $500
>> shipping charge just for MO to OH. And I would need a forklift...
>> Larry N8KU
>> I hate to get into tower manufacturer bashing but if I can save a
>> fellow ham some grief it may be worth it. I have purchased TWO towers
>> from GM and I can't even get the smallest part. At Dayton I asked them
>> to send me some parts and asked for information but only got promises.
>> A month or so later I called and was promised a quick response but
>> never got either the parts or the information. I have since bypassed
>> them for my tower needs. Other thoughts. It is a well made tower but
>> it IS ALUMINUM. There is NO climbing. There are times you must get to
>> the top of the tower. I had to replace an upper guy and required a
>> manlift. I have wanted to stack antennas but this interferes with the
>> Hazer path. I eventually overcame this by installing a second Hazer on
>> my tower but the lower antenna remains fixed. By the way they paid
>> freight when I bought my towers 3-4 years ago.
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