Thanks to all for both the online and offline comments... I done been
convinced! I found a small crane operator that can come out for $150 an hour
and I think I can get my job down in a couple hours. I was already planning on
renting a trailer to get the thing back home but it'll be easier now because I
can take V8 4runner to tow it rather then my little 6 cylinder pickup.
See you on the air!
--- On Wed, 7/16/08, Alfred Frugoli <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Alfred Frugoli <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower take down scheme - physics problem
To: "Gary Slagel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "TowerTalk" <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 7:08 PM
When my UST TX-472 was delivered (1300lbs or so) I had a local boom wrecker
come out. He was able to extend the boom of his rig into the back of the
delivery truck, lift out the tower, move it over to the base, hold it in
position while I inserted the pivot bolts and then stand it up so I could put
in the first of the "anchor" bolts. Small investment (at the time - 1994 or 5
- under $100) that made the project very safe and easy.
Good luck and be safe.
73 de Al, KE1FO
Visit my amateur radio contesting blog at ke1fo.wordpress.com.
On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 12:07 AM, Gary Slagel <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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
Thanks for input,
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