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Re: [TowerTalk] Electric foldover winch

To: KC2TN <>, "" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Electric foldover winch
From: Jon Pearl - W4ABC <>
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:46:25 -0500
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Hi Joe.

While a few of us have removed and totally replaced our up/dn hand winch 
with an electric but I'm not sure I've ever cataloged anyone replacing 
their fold over winch.  I'm sure that there's one or two out there, 
though.  Joe, WD0M shows how he folds his tower over with an electric 
drill on his page at

I can attest to the fact that this does in-fact work as I've done it 
myself with a 1/2" Milwaukee hammer drill and socket drive adapter on my 
TX-455.  Folding the tower over is a one hand operation.  Getting it 
back up in the air takes a bit more ooomph to hold onto the drill.  
Switching to a worm-gear drive would probably make this affair a bit 
more palatable for the electric drill -

I can only imagine that utilizing this method with a TX-472 would be 
large undertaking when going from horizontal, back up to vertical.

In the event that you are interested in something of a more permanent 
nature there may be an idea or two for you here:


Jon Pearl - W4ABC

On 12/7/2011 10:06 AM, KC2TN wrote:
> Has anyone replaced the hand crank on their foldover tower with an electric 
> version?
> I have a new TX472MDP from US Tower and am thinking of replacing the stock 
> "Foldover Raising" winch.
> Thanks, Joe KC2TN
> Sent from my iPad
> On Dec 7, 2011, at 12:48 AM, Jon Pearl - W4ABC<>  
> wrote:
>> Hi Mike.
>> The Fulton K1550 will probably work nicely in your 'tilt' application.
>> Some folks have been known to swap out their weather beat and worn K1550
>> with the heftier K2550 for hoisting the larger 'plus' sized towers in
>> the 'up/down' application:
>> As to a pulley for the top of your post, a good source for off the shelf
>> configurations that might work for you can probably be had from any of
>> the boat hoist manufactures such as the 560X depicted on this page:
>> 73,
>> Jon Pearl - W4ABC
>> On 12/6/2011 10:26 PM, Michael Goins wrote:
>>> Have a HG-52-SS here destined to have a two el quad on it soon. When fully
>>> nested, it is about 22 feet tall and if I remember correctly, the weight is
>>> around 450 pounds (plus rotor and quad).
>>> I want to be able to tip it over by removing the top bolts on two legs and
>>> both on the remaining one, thus using the remaining two lower front bolts
>>> as a pivot (this is the factory recommended base and it solid at 5 feet
>>> deep.
>>> I have a solid power pole I plan to use as the winch pole and it will be
>>> located about 6 feet behind the tower. I'm trying to determine the cut-off
>>> (out of ground) height I need for the tiltover pole (about 6-10 feet is a
>>> guess) and more especially, the rating of a winch/suggested type to handle
>>> the lowering of the tower. Also looking for a pully to mount on top of the
>>> pole for the winch to ride over going to the tower.
>>> At 62, I don't plan to do a lot of climbing any more and I'm trying to set
>>> this up so that the quad can be maintained fairly easily. If anyone has
>>> done something similar, I sure would like to hear from you off list. Thanks.
>>> Mike, k5wmg

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