In a message dated 10/25/2010 9:34:26 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> 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.
> 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
How do you know that any of this needs to be done? I doubt that any of
this is necessary. I'm a UST factory authorized installer and having spent
time at the factory learning how to work on them. I've installed several
dozen of them and worked on many more and in general the cables and pulleys
will last for many years with little or no maintenance. There's a chapter
in my UP THE TOWER book (_www.championradio.com_
(http://www.championradio.com) ) just on crank-ups and their maintenance.
Reasons for cable replacement are 1) excessive broken strands, 2)
damaged cable or 3) fatal rust. I doubt that you have any of those.
> 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
it very often, refurbing this thing is going to take quite awhile if the
effort is at all significant.
A real tower is much more reliable than a crank-up. That might be the
best way to go.
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