I bought my pullies (bottom and top) and the clamps from this guy and although
they are home made, they work fine so far - I've used them about 5 times and
I'm pleased, but I reserve to the right to complain in the future ;-). But
for the tubing I went to a local shop called "Affiliated Metals" (801)
363-1711. A 20' 6061 T6 (2" OD x .125W 1.750 ID x 240") with tax was 48.08
this summer. It's in SLC, UT and I have no idea about shipping. But perhaps
you can call them and find out. I then cut it down to 14' so I could have
enough spacing/supported area for the tower clamps to the gin pole, but I
didn't feel I needed the full 20'. I can't say that this helped you, but it's
at least another avenue to pursue.
Also suggested by w9iix, I also decide to buy a 20' of 1/4 wall for heavier
pulls. I haven't used it yet, but it was a lot more (and I can't find my
invoice right now for the pricing). The .125 (1/8") wall can flex, so be aware
of that if you are lifting anything heavy. I was dismantling a 25G top section
with rotor and mast and it flexed/bent toward the load a good foot. But I can
state that the 20' 1/4" wall is quite a bit heavier and you don't want to be
playing around with it up on the tower much.
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:34:03 -0500
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Gin pole
> :::: Anyone know where I can get a suitable 2" OD .125 wall 6061 piece of
> aluminum tubing, 12' long to use for a gin pole?
> It needs to be within 100 miles of Knoxville TN so I can pick it up.
> I'm aware that w9iix.com sells one in two pieces so it can be shipped, but
> then he asks a ridiculous $200 for it, plus shipping.
> I already know this can be had at various tubing supply places for about $65,
> but they want $125 to ship it anywhere.
> Any suggestions appreciated.
> BILL K2OWR
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