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[TowerTalk] Likely repairs for a US Tower HDX589MDPL crank-up tower?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Likely repairs for a US Tower HDX589MDPL crank-up tower?
From: Mat Eshpeter <>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:28:40 -0400
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I purchased a 6 year old US Tower HDX-589MDPL crank-up from  an SK's estate 
last year. It has been sitting horizontal since it was delivered from US Tower 
- it has never been put into service -- but it appears to be in great shape 
with no rust. I have had it at my cabin location near Romney, WV the past year 
covered by a tarp.
Before I decide to go ahead with installing the tower, I would like to know 
what repairs I should expect. My cabin is about 110 miles away from where I 
live so I can't run out and inspect it easily. My cabin is not yet built --  I 
don't have access to power at the cabin, so I can't even power up the motor at 
this point in time.
I expect that I will need to replace the cable and perhaps the pulleys.  I also 
think the motor may need to be replaced and perhaps limit switches too.
My thought is that if this project is going to be a huge effort, it might be 
better to sell the tower and go with a simpler tower like an AN Wireless 
freestanding tower. Because the tower isn't located where I can get to it very 
often, refurbing this thing is going to take quite awhile if the effort is at 
all significant.
Crank-up veterans -- please let me know what I am up against here in terms of 
both cost and complexity of repair.

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