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Re: [TowerTalk] Crank-Up Tower Base Question

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crank-Up Tower Base Question
From: "Al Williams" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 16:41:01 -0800
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                             x  x
                            x     x       ____
                           x        x    I       I
                          u           oQ____Q

The above drawing (if it remains intact) represents the typical (and lower 
cost) backhoe digger.  The oxxxo
represents the closer boom and pivots near the wheel represented as Q.  The 
oxxxu represents the outer boom and pivots at the o common to both booms. u 
represents the bucket.  With this typical backhoe, it is difficult to dig 
deep because the operator cannot see the bucket and the backhoe has to be 
frequently maneuvered to get
the bucket into the hole as the hole gets deeper.

Another (more costly) backhoe has a hydraucally extendable boom that slides 
out from the oxxxu boom and the bucket is attached to the extendable boom. 
This feature enables the operator to dig deeper and deeper without having to 
maneuver the backhoe so much.  These backhoes can easily dig a 3.5 x 3.5 x 7 
hole and even deeper but the operator has to be experienced and patient not 
to gouge out the hole.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "res1q6fs" <>
To: "towertalk" <>
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crank-Up Tower Base Question

> Last month, my son dug a specified 5 X 5 X 7 ft. hole for my HDX555. It 
> ended up being more like 6 X 6 X 8, but a bigger hole is never worse in 
> this case. It only hurts you in the pocket book (I had to pay $85 /yard 
> for 3000 psi concrete delivered and the hole gulped up 9 of the 10 yards 
> delivered).
> We used a small diesel powered digger that you rent at the local rental 
> place. It had a 24 in. wide bucket. Our only problem was it was straining 
> hard to get much over  the 7 to 8 ft. depth, but it did the job. The 
> overall cost was less than $300 over the weekend (always do that, as you 
> most always get a free day in Sunday). We only had to touch up the sides a 
> little with a shovel to make it look pretty.
> Tower is up and looks pretty!
> Roger W5RD
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