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

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Likely repairs for a US Tower HDX589MDPL crank-up tower?
From: Mat Eshpeter <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 22:18:29 -0400
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Steve - I have not had the chance to inspect the tower very closely. But after 
reading all the helpful posts, I suspect I have no real reason to be worried, I 
am now comfortable that the tower will most likely need very minor maintenance 
given the way it has been stored.
Thanks to: 
for your replies to my question.


Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:48:19 -0400
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Likely repairs for a US Tower HDX589MDPL crank-up 

In a message dated 10/25/2010 9:34:26 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

>  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 too.

    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 ( 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 to 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. 
Steve    K7LXC
Professional tower services for hams
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