Rick I have the 89' heavy duty UST (3000 + LBS) that over the years I have
had both heavy and light antenna loads installed on it. I can tell you that
if the 106' model is balanced as well as the 89' model, and I have no doubt
it is, you will have no problems when the tower reaches the vertical
position. There is really nothing to do but just keep your fingers and toes
out of the way. It will just rock back into position with little or no
I think one of the reasons this happens this way is there is a little
friction caused by the back leg mounting plate against the rear tower
mounting flange. This friction probably causes the tower to rock back in a
more controlled manner.
The tower is so easy to use that many times I have cranked the tower down,
laid it over then either replaced or serviced antennas, then stood it up and
cranked it up in much less than a days time. All of this with no help.
If you have any further questions I'd be glad to talk with you either on the
phone or via e-mail.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Karlquist" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 5:06 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] UST HDX5106/TRX100HD raising fixture question
> I have a UST HDX5106 tower with TRX 100HD raising fixture that I
> have just installed on the concrete base. I am almost ready to
> try tilting up the tower. It occurs to me that the tower weighs
> 3000+ lbs, thus there will be 1000+ lbs load on each leg when
> upright. What I am afraid of is that when the tower is nearly
> upright, it is going to reach a tipping point and suddenly fall
> down into place with 1000 lbs of force. It seems obvious that
> I must do something like tie a rope to the top of the bottom
> section of the tower and have it go around a pulley that lifts up a
> weight. I am estimating that I need 200 lbs of pull to counterbalance the
> tower (the 21 feet of height giving some leverage against the 3 ft base).
> Or perhaps I should put a car jack under the 3rd leg or something.
> I've never read about this issue either here on the reflector
> or in the nonexistent UST documentation. Perhaps on "normal" towers
> you can just use an "armstrong" techique, but this tower is a
> little too big for that.
> Any advice appreciated.
> Rick N6RK
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any
questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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