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Re: [TowerTalk] Fulton K2550 Winch Friction Brake Heat

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fulton K2550 Winch Friction Brake Heat
From: Dennis Vernacchia <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:04:14 -0700
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If it were me, I would be very concerned and switch to a Fulton KW3000
winch. Granger has had them on sale for $140  and just have your local
Grainger check who has one in stock.
I called their 800 number a few months ago, teh guy tells me there weren't
any near Southern CA and his
computer is wrong and there were 2 of them in area...

You will not even faze a KW3000 with your LM-354
get a good 1/2 inch drill with low speed of less than 500 RPM to use to
crank the KW3000
as it has a gear ratio of 52 to 1 or you will be there for a while if you
crank manually !

73, Dennis N6KI

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 10:02 PM, Rob Santello <> wrote:

> Hello List,
>   TriEx LM-354 with a Fulton K2550 winch. Just wondering how hot the
> friction brake should get while lowering the tower. When cranking at a
> reasonable rate, the brake gets pretty hot at about half way down and by
> two thirds down, it's pretty much too hot to touch. Is this somewhat
> normal and how hot is too hot? Should I limit the rate such that the
> brake is never too hot to touch or is that much heat not a problem? The
> fear of course is having that brake fail and the handle slip out of my
> hand while lowering...
> Thanks for any feedback,
> --rob--
> K6DQ
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