Despite what some tower companies say, I and others I know with crank-ups use
products like PreLube6 from Champion Radio or equivalent; spray cables twice/yr.
Best - alan K9MBQ
>From: "Terrence R. Redding Ph.D." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Jun 18, 2011 3:14 PM
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Care of Crank-up Tower Cable (Wire Rope)
>Greetings from West Palm Beach, Florida
>I am getting ready to re-cable my 54 foot tower and wanted some advice.
>The tower has been up for 16 years. I have replaced one broken cable and
>the main wrench in the past. The cable that broke was the one that
>supports the tilt-over. I have noticed that the tilt-over cable has
>significantly more rust on it than the original cables that came with the
>tower. This leads me to suspect that the quality of the cable from a
>local wire rope and rigging company is not as good as the cable that came
>with the original Tri-Ex tower. Or possibly the original cable had been
>treated with some form of preservative.
>Now that I am getting ready to redo all the cables I wonder if there is
>some treatment that I should be applying? I have the replacement cable
>set from Tri-Ex and hope that the quality has not suffered there over the
>All comments welcome.
>Terry - W6LMJ
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