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Re: [TowerTalk] old TowTec electric winch

To: "Al Williams" <>, "Jim Spears" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] old TowTec electric winch
From: "F.R. Ashley" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 17:37:20 -0500
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>> Anybody remember these winches?  They were somewhat popular maybe 15 
>> years
>> ago but went out of production.

Yes, and I still have one on my Hygain crank up.
>> As a result, I have a winch consisting of the gear train and yellow
>> plastic
>> cover less the motor.  Does anyone have a suitable motor or can help me
>> design a motor assembly?  As I recall, it was a reversible 120 vac motor
>> with a gear welded or brazed onto the motor output shaft.  And as I
>> recall,
>> the motor was held in the unit by stainless steel hose clamps, nothing
>> complex or custom made.
Exactly right.  The gear welded onto the motor shaft on mine stripped, so I 
just moved the entire motor assembly to the left about 1/2 inch so the gear 
hits the good part, but they are quite rusted.
I will be laying my tower over in a month or so to replace the cables and 
switch rotors, and might just take the TowTec off and replace it with the 
K2550 hand winch and use a strong drill, as others have suggested.  My 
TowTec is a very rusty and needs replacing.  If I decide to go that route, 
I'll happily give you the motor, which works fine.  Or if you decide to get 
rid of your parts, I'll take them, hi hi.
>> As I get older, the tower ups and downs don't get any easier and I would
>> like to address this before it becomes a real problem.  The alternative 
>> is
>> a
>> new US Tower MD-75 unit at roughly 1.5 kilobucks or equivalent from
>> TashTowers.

I also called US Towers and I was told they do not sell winches, but "motor 

73 Buddy WB4M


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