I finally bought my own 65' truck. The truck it's self isn't bad. $500
every year or two for certification (I'm not going 70' in the air in an
untrustworthy rig). $500+++ for ONE blown tire (I drove it to the tire
shop). $3000 for a bucket leveling valve, $2700 to install and calibrate
same. The list goes on and on.
I bought the truck for two reasons. One, I can't always get a rental rig
when I need one. Two, it costs me roughly $700 per day for a 60' list,
including delivery and pickup.
But as Greg said, it's the ONLY way to do this work. Using a lift is SOOOO
much safer than climbing. And if something happens to you, people and the
ground can just lower you down via the lift. Very safe.
A special note that many forget about though. These rigs are very very
heavy. If you've got an old water silo, septic tank etc., you'll likely
find it when you fall in. Make sure you know what's under you. Also be
careful on lawns or muddy ground. They can sink and tip easier than you'd
And wear that safety belt!!!!!! I've seen these things get stuck. I've
heard of them dumping the buckets upside down. I've heard of them falling
over or breaking. I've heard of the bottom of the buckets dropping out.
They are much much safer than climbing, but they aren't like standing on the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pete Stark K4OM" <email@example.com>
To: "Gregg Seidl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <TowerTalk@contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] something new today
> How are the charges for a man-lift device?
> Hourly, by day or what?
> I would need a 70 foot vertical lift with a 500 lb capacity.
> Pete K4OM
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gregg Seidl" <email@example.com>
> To: <TowerTalk@contesting.com>
> Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 8:43 PM
> Subject: [TowerTalk] something new today
>>I did some tower work here today with a man-lift. I had a cousin who had
>> own crane but he sold out so I didn't have a way to do tower work.
>> With all the wind we had here part of my XM-240 broke and I didn't want
>> take it down and then put it back up. I called Fabco and the sales guy
>> helpful and knew what I wanted and what I needed. He hooked me up with a
>> S-125 by Genie. Other then a steep learning curve that is the BEST way to
>> tower work.
>> Boy is that slick,just boom up do your work and boom down move and do it
>> again. The thing does sway pretty good but you get used to its movements.
>> won't let you do something stupid. Will use this things a lot for my
>> antenna/tower work.
>> Gregg K9KL
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