[TowerTalk] Using a drill to install (Lay over - Raise) US Tower HDX?

Brad Pioveson W9FX w9fx at verizon.net
Mon Aug 4 16:43:16 EDT 2008

The last time I cranked it, I believe I counted 142 turns with the K1550 to 
get my TX-455 up.  The last 42 were a real struggle.

I haven't counted turns on the tilt fixture's winch, which, as you know, is 
also a K1550.   I have, however, successfully used a 1/2" slow speed rt 
angle drill in place of the handle for a couple of those trips.  I wouldn't 
make a habit of it, as I'm not using a chuck adaptor, simply clamping the 
drill chuck down on the flats of the winch shaft (where the handle fits up), 
and, I don't want to damage the threads.

When attempting the same trick on the up/down K-1550, the drill chuck simply 
spun on the shaft - too much torque was required, hence, the drill 
chuck/shaft connection failed.

73, Brad, W9FX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joe - WDØM" <joe at wd0m.com>
To: "Tom Anderson" <andersonww5l at sbcglobal.net>; <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Using a drill to install (Lay over - Raise) US 
Tower HDX?

Hi Tom,

The squeals caused me to replace the  K1550 with the K2550 as well -
detailed on my web site.  We have a horse stable across the road, and
they would all run away when I tried to lower/raise it.  I figured I'd
better do something before I was accused of stampeding the herd.  Now
it's WAY easier to crank the winch, but takes 310 turns to raise/lower
it.  That's why I'm looking at the winch adapter idea.


Joe Hannigan - WDØM
Pagosa Springs, CO


Tom Anderson wrote:
> Al:
> I originally had a (2 actually)Fulton K-1550 winch on
> my TriEx W51 crank up tower for raising and lowering
> the tower's top 2 sections only.  I replaced them with
> a Fulton K-2550, because of the horrendous squeal from
> the K-1550s disc pads, etc. (which had been replaced
> when the first set completely deteriorated in the wx
> outside.  I tried just replacing the pads, but could
> never get the K-1550 even apart no matter how much
> force, etc. I applied, so I got a second 1550 and the
> problem was still there, although the pads have lasted
> much longer.
> The squeal was so loud my neighbors would come outside
> and see who/what was screaming in the neighborhood.
> I'm surprised someone didn't call the police.
> Finally gave up and replaced it.
> Apparently TriEx formerly used a mechanical locking
> winch with the W51.  A friend of mine who has a W51 a
> few years older than mine has a "mechanical" winch
> that is geared and he says that's what came with it
> from TriEx.  No pads, no squeal.  Its all gears.
> 73 de
> Tom, WW5L


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