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Re: [TowerTalk] Using a drill to install (Lay over - Raise) US Tower HDX

To: "Richard (Rick) Karlquist" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Using a drill to install (Lay over - Raise) US Tower HDX?
From: Joe - WDØM <>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 09:21:23 -0600
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Inspirational, Rick!  I'm off to the hardware store!


Joe Hannigan - WDØM
Pagosa Springs, CO

Richard (Rick) Karlquist wrote:
> See these photos on my web site of an adapter to use a drill
> on my HDX5106:
> I replaced the K2550 on my TRX-100HD with a W3000.  It decreased the
> cranking effort from extremely difficult to difficult.  (With the K2550, 
> raising the tower was truly an athletic event.)  The drill has
> enough torque (rated 410 inch lbs) to lower the tower, but it cannot
> raise the tower from a horizontal position.  Of course, once the
> tower is tilted up a ways, then the drill can take over.
> The adapter I show allows you to keep the handle in place, so you
> can use the armstrong method when necessary.
> I am looking for a gear reduction adapter that I can use to slow
> down the drill and get more torque.  The maximum speed of the drill
> in low gear (400 RPM) is still too fast IMHO.
> Rick N6RK
> Rich Hallman - N7TR wrote:
>> Has anyone successfully used a drill to lay over and then raise a HDX589
>> / 572 Tower?  I have a few of these that over the next few weeks im
>> going to be laying down....working on the tower, then raising back up.
>> Looking to save a few years on my back. 
>> Raising fixture is a TRX-80HD and the winch is a Fulton K2550 I think.
>> Thanks...
>> Rich N7TR
>> ex KI3V, N3AMK, WB3JOV
>> Telnet: N7TR DXCluster


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