[TowerTalk] I think I now know what's wrong with my T2X

FireBrick w9ol at billnjudy.com
Thu Apr 20 10:37:16 EDT 2006

I has asked for suggestions as why my Ham IV would turn my old Wilson rotatable tower 
smoothly with no problems but my T2X sometimes wouldn't start, sometimes get so far and 
Even with the same control box.
I had it centered properly
I could turn the Wilson easily by hand.

Lot's of suggestions and help.

I finally got a chance to open it up this morning while waiting and praying that the VU4 
would be hearable.
Opened over xyl's old roasting pan in case of parts falling out.
'there were none'
(I always leave a rotor to north with the edges of the cases scored to ease in proper 
alignment when reassembling.

I found that all parts looked good,

The bottom race and bearings were/are all black and very rusty looking.
The two upper bearings/races were fine, light coating of grease, shiny bearing.

But that bottom race/bearings were gritty feeling and the rotor portions that sits on 
those bottom bearings were also gummy and took a lot of cleaning to get back to smooth 
shiny metal.

So I'm convinced that those bearing were offering a severe restriction.

I will be ordering new bearings & holder for the bottom raceway.

The only thing I can imagine that caused this....The base of the T2x sits just inches 
above the patio concrete. While I always cleared snow from the base, maybe one of our 
famous Chicago wet snow falls allowed enough moisture to rust those bearings.

Again thanks for all help and suggestions.
After I get it back together again, I'll let you know how it works.

96.7% of all statistics are made up.

Bill H. in Chicagoland
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