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Re: [TowerTalk] When to RETIRE from climbing?

To: "'Mark Robinson'" <>, "K8RI on TT" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] When to RETIRE from climbing?
From: "Dick Green WC1M" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:14:45 -0400
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> I imagine that the weight of the machine is going to tear up your grass
> Something that a climber isn't going to do.

Depends on the climber :-)

73, Dick WC1M

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "K8RI on TT" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, 18 March, 2011 6:22 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] When to RETIRE from climbing?

> On 3/18/2011 4:15 PM, Grant Saviers wrote:
>> I've decide the price-performance-safety-no sweat of rental boom lifts
>> (e.g. Genie lift, JLG Lift) are a winner.
> As you go up in height is soon becomes favorable to hire a crew for the
> day and you'll save money.
> Once you get much beyond 50 feet those things get expensive. One that
> would just nicely let me reach the top of my 100' 45G was over $1100 per
> day (cheapest price I found and I had to pay travel for delivery and
> pickup)  and I've had the training to run one. I also have the insurance
> that is still in effect and a full body harness that is still current.
> Also you need a lift that will go well beyond the height you need or you
> will be working with the lift near vertical which requires tiny and
> careful control inputs and leaves you feeling very insecure.
>>   Around here 40 footers go for
>> about $220 a day plus $50 for the round trip delivery/pickup.  That size
>> works for crankups to the top of the mast.  They are available to 105'
>> and I've rented  40' to 85' to put beams on towers and antenna
>> attachments into trees.
> Last summer an 80 footer was $500 to $600 a day around here and the
> round trip pick up and delivery was $150 to $250 .  The highest prices
> were local, required current training, and would not rent to "the man on
> the street".
> I qualified but the prices were too steep. I could hire a crane with
> extension and operator for less than I could hire a 115' lift.
> From the safety and cost approach it was by far cheaper to hire a
> qualified climber with helper for the day.
> 73
> Roger (K8RI)


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