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Re: [TowerTalk] Crankup tower gearbox lube question

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crankup tower gearbox lube question
From: "Mel Whitten" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 10:35:06 -0500
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A synthetic lube is probably the best, but an expensive alternative.  Hub 
City's gear reducers (as used on US Towers) recommends thier p/n 
8-58-00-01-011 which I believe is Exxon-Mobile's SHC634 synthetic lube 
(quart container).   A google search will find the specs on the lube.

Mel, K0PFX
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Subject: [TowerTalk] Crankup tower gearbox lube question

>I have an old Tri-Ex HZE-354 motorized crankup tower with a 40:1 ratio 
>gearbox turned by a 1 HP motor. When I bought the tower, the gearbox was 
>empty - no oil or grease of any kind inside - I guess from the staining on 
>the gearbox, it had leaked out over the years. I have filled the gearbox 
>with a mixture of SAE 90 gearlube oil and black lithium grease. It turns 
>quietly and smoothly and leaks very little. There is a pressure relief 
>fitting on the top of the gearbox.
> My question is this: what do others recommend in this situation, and what 
> do the manufacturers of towers fill the gearboxes with - lube oil like SAE 
> 90, lighter weight oil like SAE 30, gear grease? The gearbox does get warm 
> when lifting the tower and I'm a bit concerned that the lubrication could 
> be improved. The tower goes up and down quite often, four or five times a 
> week depending on how many thunderstorms we have.
> Thanks guys for your comments - always appreciated.
> 73, Charles, K4ZRJ, Woodstock, GA
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