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Subject: [TowerTalk] Lifting Cable termination question
From: "Pat Barthelow" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 19:44:35 -0800
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Dave Thonpson Said:
What I suggest is that you check out the winch and the cable connection at
the tower leg end.  If you ever need to replace it use a foundry not a boat
place.  I use bricko blocks under my tower with 2 by 6's to support the
tower just in case.

The original winch was very flimsy and broke on me years ago. I got a
replacement at Granger. I notice that Northern Electric sell the same
Fulton Winch...but never use Northern Electric for the clamp. Their machine
is for boat (horizontal pull) winches and will pull off easily in vertical

Dave's comments caught my attention, as I am about to buy, fabricate, and install a new lift cable in a Haeavy Duty old Tristao Tower (Now made by US Tower) The Tristao is a 3 section, 54 ft extended length tower. I am llooking for the scoop on techniques for terminating the lift cable with a thimble, and a crimp sleeve, something I used to call Nicopress. The old Tristao tower cable's crimp sleeve is about 1.5 " long. This termination has human life critical and tower life critical functions so i need to recreate the termination properly. Dave distinguishes horizontal pulls, from vertical, and differences in strengths of the termination. How do I do a safe crimp to install the thimble?
For that matter, does any one supply premade properly terminated lifting cables for a designated tower (Tristao 55' heavy duty)

thx, 73, de Pat AA6EG


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