On 8/15/2011 12:48 AM, K8RI on TT wrote:
> Hi Doug,
> On 8/14/2011 10:17 PM, W7ZZ wrote:
> I'm afraid I can't give you much of a comparison as I've never even seen
> one of the new one other than in photos.
> The older models do have some short comings and there were some design
> changes made during production, so how close that one is to mine, I
> don't know.
> The Rotators are rugged, but I'd not use one in an environment where
> there is a lot of salt in the air. I've seen some really bad corrosion
> in some of those cases.
> Also there is a design flaw in the top of the rotator housing that
> allows water to set on the top seal. Actually it's a recess where the
> only way out is to evaporate. I built a cover out of silicone rubber
> and filled that area with white Lithium grease. Also the older rotators
> used a gear lube while the newer ones are not
(Correction - Should say, NOW packed with Grease) packed with grease which
> "I believe" is white Lithium grease. When I rebuilt my PST-61 I drained
> and cleaned it thoroughly before packing it with White Lithium grease.
> If you are mechanically inclined they are relatively easy to repair
> using Normal shop and garage tools and *most* but not all parts can be
> found at the local NAPA or automotive store including the bearings.
> Unfortunately the main worm gear and worm gear wheel are not. They come
> from Italy and have had horrendous delivery times. I never did get one
> even though promised one under warranty. I did not pursue it as I was
> able to salvage that part and turn down the outer shaft for the worm
> gear wheel to fit the first undersize seal.
> The new PS-T61 appears to have a better top seal with a cover and uses a
> DC motor. There is also a heavy duty motor available. They are now
> handled by either DX Engineering. These things are real power houses,
> but I think the Alpha Spid Canadian rotator is near the equivalent for
> relatively ham arrays for much less money. Not quite as sophisticated
> looking, but I think my next one may be one of those. Well, other than
> the tribander and 7L 6-meter yagi on the 25G which will get a
> TailTwister even though it's not one of my favorite rotators.
> 73 and good luck,
> Roger (K8RI)
>> A local ham with a health issue is selling a new, never used Prosistel 61
>> that he bought in 2001 but never installed. It's a 48 volt AC model. It
>> has the Prosistel control box, which I think is the C model. I would like
>> any information that can be provided on the differences between the old
>> model that would have been sold in 2001 and the current version, which I
>> know runs on DC (but I don't know what difference that really makes). My
>> debate is price for this new/old unit versus biting the bullet for the brand
>> new one with a warranty. I'll be turning a 4 element Steppir at 70 feet and
>> a Cushcraft XM240 at 80 feet in a location that several times a year sees
>> some high winds.
>> Any comments will be welcome. Any opinions on what a fair price for this
>> "new" unit would be? Thanks in advance.
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