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Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower take down scheme - physics problem
From: Gary Slagel <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 21:07:11 -0700 (PDT)
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Thought I'd run this through the group and see what you thought... too much 
math/physics for me to figure out. 
I need to take down a Triex WT-51.  I'm traveling several hundred miles to do 
it and won't have much help available.  I'm thinking crank the tower down to 
its 21' nested position, back my pickup up to it, pull the hinged tower over 
onto the pickup tailgate and slowly pull the pickup forward letting the tower 
lean over, slowly kind of sliding down over the tailgate.  
Of course, its not as simple as that, as I'll need to rig something up to make 
it all slide smoothly and probably provide some extra support to the tower as 
it slides.  I can figure all that out but am wondering what kind of equivalent 
weight this will put on the tail end of the pickup.  The tower weighs in the 
range of 400lbs.... I think the pickup would handle up to 1500 lbs or so on the 
back end.  I'm thinking the lever action of the tower is going to apply much 
more the 400lbs to the pickup but no idea how much.   
Any thoughts on how feasible this is?  As I said, I know I've got to do some 
engineering to make process work but I'm just wondering if the pickup can 
handle it?
Thanks for input,

Gary Slagel/N0SXX
Lakewood, CO


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