I would use cable clamps and a piece of cable to secure the winch
cable, then disassemble the winch, unseize the clutch packs with
a hammer/screwdriver/chisel, reassemble the winch, and you should
be good to go. I have a brake-type winch, and whenever I use it
(about once every 5 years) I find that it has seized up.
Hopefully your winch has an exploded diagram, showing how it all
fits together. If not, take good notes when you disassemble. They
are not too complicated.
Do not lubricate.
Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
From: "Guy Molinari" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:36 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Fulton K-1550 winch
> I have a Fulton K-1550 winch on my US Towers MA-55. It is on
> the raising fixture. I went to lower the tower and found that
> the winch clutch is "frozen". I can't let the cable out. It
> turns slightly in the "in" direction.
> I don't want to replace the winch because I'm planning on
> removing the tower. I just need to get the antenna/rotator
> Any thoughts?
> Guy, N7ZG
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