What I have heard so far is:
1) I can get the tower down by removing the safety guard and the v belt and
turn the wheel by hand. It will take a long time to do this. Down is much
easier than up. Be careful. Take rests. Halfway down gives me a lot of
2) US Towers sells a crank. It takes a long time. I plan to call them on
Tuesday fir suggestions.
3) this doesn't sound like a motor capacitor failure, which would be noisier.
There are a couple of socketed timing relays that I should try swapping
I'm away until Wednesday morning, and I'll start on this then. I'll let you all
know what I learn.
73 de Dick, K6KR
On Jan 17, 2011, at 10:22, Robert Harmon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I have a HDX589MDPL also. I am very interested in what you find.
> Please keep us advised. I believe these towers have a worm reduction
> gearbox and we can crank the the pulley wheel on the gearbox around by hand
> to raise and lower it. I haven't yet had to do this with mine, anybody
> on the forum done this with their HDX ?
> On Jan 17, 2011, at 9:34 AM, Richard (Rick) Karlquist wrote:
>> Try swapping the time delay relays to see if
>> the down relay went bad. They are socketed.
>> These are low reliability components.
>> "nothing happens" isn't the capacitor. If
>> that goes, the motor will make a lot of noise
>> and not move.
>> Rick N6RK
>> On 1/17/2011 7:58 AM, Dick Dievendorff wrote:
>>>> I went out on Friday afternoon to lower the tower. Nothing happened when I
>>>> flipped the switch. I checked the plug and GFI breaker, it seems to have
>>>> I plan to return in Tuesday and begin diagnosis. I'll check for AC power
>>>> at the outlet, and inside the box mounted on the tower. Beyond that I'm in
>>>> new territory. Motor start capacitor? How does one test that?
>>>> How would I go about bringing the tower down at least partway manually?
>>> Dick, K6KR
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