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Re: [TowerTalk] Winch for LM70 - Tiltover ..??

To: "Michael Ryan" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Winch for LM70 - Tiltover ..??
From: "F.R. Ashley" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 16:46:19 -0500
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Hi all,

Great advice here.  A year or so ago I checked into a replacement wince for 
my old Tow-Tec on my Hygain HG55 crank up tower.  I quickly found out there 
is a great difference between a WINCH and a HOIST.    Most winches are NOT 
designed to hold anything up, at least for long.   Winches PULL,  hoists 
LIFT (and hold).   I would not trust any of the winches designed for 
mounting on the front of a jeep, etc.. they are for PULLING only!
Also, make dang sure your winch or hoist will not FREE SPOOL!   That is a 
disaster in the making.  I'd also carefully check its braking capability and 
I also checked with US Towers and they say theirs are not winches or hoists, 
but "electric motor drives".

73 Buddy WB4M

> Something to be considered when buying a winch ( that's WINCH ) is the
> LIFTING weight and not just the PULLING or dragging weight it is rated 
> for.
> There is a considerable difference.  Also, some of these types of winches
> are great at pulling IN or RETRIEVE of the cable, but do they offer a
> powered OUT or RELEASE of the cable? The cable must be under control in 
> both
> directions. ( CW and CCW ) Many do not. They are made for applications, 
> for
> example on a boat trailer where you need to be able to pull the boat to 
> the
> trailer, but the cable can then be released with no braking power on the
> released cable. A good MOTOR will also be a TEFC type or totally enclosed
> fan cooled.  This is not to say that what you are looking at might not 
> work,
> but I will be very careful when making your choice.  '73 and good luck.  -
> Mike
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Bill Winkis
> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 9:59 AM
> To:
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Winch for LM70 - Tiltover ..??
> Has anyone replaced the 1500 pound Fulton Winch, used in the LM-70
> tilt-over system, with an electric winch..?? There are a number of 2500
> pound, ATV system that look like they could do the job...???
> Like the : Keeper Corporation KT2500C Trakker 1.34-horsepower Electric
> Winch - 2,500-Pound Capacity
> The KT2500 is equipped with 50 feet of durable 3/16" (would change to
> 1/4").. aircraft-grade galvanized wire rope that winds onto a sturdy
> drum-centric design. A 1.34 horsepower 12-volt DC motor and 3-stage
> planetary all-metal gear train provide excellent pulling speed and
> power. The dual mechanical and dynamic braking system is designed to
> stop and hold the fully loaded cable, keeping it where you need it until
> you are ready to move again. The KT2500 also has a built-in circuit
> breaker, protecting the winch and your equipment if a voltage change or
> short circuit should occur. Color-coded wiring and detailed instructions
> make do-it-yourself installation easy.
> 6539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0017M11WG&pf_rd_m=ATVP
> Thanks..
> -Bill

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