[TowerTalk] MD-75 drum switch replacement
nv8a at charter.net
Thu Nov 7 15:19:25 EST 2013
On 11/07/13 02:53 pm, David wrote:
> I have a US Towers HDX-555 tower with the MD-75 motor. It came with a drum switch (up, down) that I mounted on a post next to the tower. The first one rusted out after about 5 years and I bought a new one from US Towers in 2008 for $38. Well, it’s been five more years and the switch has rusted out and no longer works again. I used silicon caulking on the one I bought in 2008 hoping it would help stop moisture from getting inside, but I opened it up and it’s all corroded and the red handle even broke off.
> So, I call US Towers yesterday to order my third switch. Price? $143 plus shipping!! Talk about inflation, almost four times what I paid for it five years ago? Holy mackeral. So, I looked at the label on the old switch and did a Google search for “Dayton 2x440a drum switch”. Amazon has the identical switch for $50.46, Grainger for $70.43.
> So, if you’re MD-75 motor switch goes kuputt, fortunately there’s an alternative to spending $143 for one from US Towers.
My HDX-555 has nothing like what Google shows me for a "drum switch": my
tower has an electrical box mounted to the bottom section of the tower,
and the Up-Down toggle switch is mounted in the side of that box.
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