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

To: Mat Eshpeter <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Likely repairs for a US Tower HDX589MDPL crank-up tower?
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:06:28 -0700
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I have the same tower.
Bought it new 19 years ago.  5 years ago had the cables and several pulleys 
replaced and
there were a  few spotty areas of rust on the tower legs, not very much.  
Sprayed these with cold galvanize spray
The motor, reduction gear, limit switches, were all in good shape and still are.
We live in the San Francisco Bay area and the biggest enemy is rust.  
I would do an inspection of the cables and pulleys first, they are they first 
to give problems.  I doubt if the motor and drive
have any problems.  Do you know how long it had been up before you bought it ?
One good thing, it is easier to recable it lying down horizontally (and much 


On Oct 25, 2010, at 7:28 PM, Mat Eshpeter wrote:

> 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.
> thanks,
> Mat
> KK1C
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