With my US Tower HDX-555, I've just laid a length of 2x6 as a pad on the
concrete base, then used a heavy-duty pry bar to start the tower tipping after
letting out a couple of inches of cable on the tilting fixture.
But I must admit that the hydraulic ram looks like an interesting alternative
to my "Armstrong method." Thanks!
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From: "Doug Rehman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> This is a hydraulic ram from Harbor Freight for $159.99. It comes with a
> spreader (bottom center of the picture- looks like a wedge).
> On my Tri-Ex LM-354HDSP, the spreader fits between the tower and the
> erection fixture. It works perfectly to gently start the tower tilting. (I
> let out a little slack on the winch cable and then pump the ram once or
> twice. Repeat until the tower will tilt on its own.)
> As a side benefit, I use the spreader, under one tower leg, to perfectly
> align the tower before inserting the base bolts.
> The hydraulic ram turned a chore into an easy task.
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