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Re: [TowerTalk] USTower HDX Tilt-over Fully Retracted vs Partially Exten

To: "'Scott McClements'" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] USTower HDX Tilt-over Fully Retracted vs Partially Extended
From: "Gary Saboe" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:25:14 -0600
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Thanks Scott -- great pictures. Congratulations on your new tower.

My HDX-772 is extended to about 32ft when the top section has extended about
5ft and the rotator shelf is clear. The large bottom section has moved up
about 5-6 ft above the base at that point. There are no antennas or mast
mounted.  Does anyone have any experience raising/lowering with the
TRX-100HD raising fixture the HDX-5106MDPL? My HDX-772 is the same tower as
the HDX-5106 minus the top two sections and weighs 2,600lbs (section 7-442
lbs,sect 8-484 lbs,sect 9-669 lbs,sect 10-1,001 lbs). With the raising
fixture attach point being about 1/3 the way up (7ft) the lower section
(21ft), and with no engineering specifications for the TRX-100HD system, the
warning from USTower "Caution! Tower must be fully retracted before using
raising fixture" provides Rule #1 guidance.

Recommendations/experience regarding extending/retracting process while
tower is near horizontal? Lubrication of load-bearing tower galvanized steel

Gary, NØGS
Bulverde, TX

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott McClements [] 
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 9:30 PM
To: Gary Saboe
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] USTower HDX Tilt-over Fully Retracted vs Partially

Oh, but also it did have the work platform installed on it too and
that thing is heavy.  -Scott

On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 10:27 PM, Scott McClements <> wrote:
> Gary,
> I just bought a used 572 and took it down. I know the tower is
> supposed to be fully retracted when you tilt it over, but I can tell
> you I tilted it over with the tower extended enough to get the rotor
> out. The situation didn't allow me to take the time to try to lower
> the before I tilted it over (it was already in that position). So, you
> will have to make you own decision, but I wouldn't hesistate to do it
> again that way. Of course, I guess its important to note that I didn't
> have any (big) antennas on the tower maybe that is
> important.
> -Scott, WU2X
> On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 8:18 PM, Gary Saboe <> wrote:
> > Greetings-
> >
> > I need to work on the rotator shelf in my USTower HDX-772. I've been
> > SOP is to have tower completely retracted, use UST lowering device to
> > tilt-over tower to near horizontal onto support stands, and then extend
> > expose the rotator section in the top section. Should Prelube 6 or
> > type lubricant be used on the load-bearing tower steel tubing to help
> > friction when extending/retracking the tower while horizontal? Seems an
> > unfortuate amount of galling of load bearing galvanized steel tubing
> > occur with this process.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Gary, NØGS


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