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Re: [TowerTalk] US Tower TX-472

To: "'John Gager'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] US Tower TX-472
From: "Mike" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:42:27 -0800
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I would defiantly shell out the 1500 bucks, it will be hard to crank that
size of tower up by hand.  Plus if you change your mind in the future you
will pretty much have no chance that US Tower will sell you the kit, and
even if you could persuade them it would be more than 1500 bucks.  US Tower
told my friend across town that they will not sell him the kit for his tower
unless it fitted by an authorized dealer and that would cost a fortune.

I have an Tashjian LM-470 that includes the motor crank up and I am sure
glad I have it.

PS Even the US Towers 55 foot crank up that a friend has is a bear crank up,
we changed out the standard K-1550 crank for a K-2550 and although much
easier it is still tough to crank up.

Mike, K6BR

-----Original Message-----

Hi all. I'm currently in the planning stages for putting up a US Tower
TX-472 Crank-Up 72 foot tower this spring. Although I would like the
motorized crank-up, it adds about $1500 to the total cost of the tower
system, so I'm just planning on purchasing the hand-crank version. Is there
anyone else out there that thinks this is a really bad idea or has done the
same and wished they hadn't? :) If you have the hand-crank on the 472 is it
really hard to crank-up or lower?

I'm planning on putting up a Bencher Skyhawk Tribander along with their
Skylark 17/12 meter beam, so if you have either one of those antennas, I
would appreciate hearing your thoughts on performance and reliability.


John K7KB

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