New Life for old EZ Way Tilt-over Crank-Up Tower

 

Several years ago I acquired an unidentified tilt-over crank-up tower.  Manual winches, it appeared to be about 60 feet tall.  The deal was take it down and it is yours.  So it has sat behind my shop for about 10 years.

Recently, I saw a picture on the internet of an identical tower, and it was identified as an EZ Way, not that it mattered much to me at the time.  However, the motorized trailered tilt-over crank-up tower that our club has used for Field Day for many years isn’t available this year.  Ah-hah!  Now I have a reason to be interested in the EZ Way.  Of course, it was designed to be ground mounted.  But I have a heavy trailer, and began considering the possibility of mounting the tower, temporarily and safely, on the trailer.

Short story is I reinforced the under frame at the four anchor bolt points for the tower base, and  also fabricated a support for the long end of the tower to rest on when in transit. 

All attachments to the trailer are bolted, so the installation is easily reversible to return the trailer to normal utility use.  The project turned out quite nice!

For FD, I don’t expect to need to crank up to more than 45 feet.  Exercising the KISS principle, I’ll install a flat top plate with a 3 ft pipe stubbed up.  Then, I can slide the larger diameter mast over it, and rotate it by a pull rope attached to one end of the boom.  The antenna will be a KT-34.

Many thanks to Jim W5LA, Mark K5MSB and Shawn WA5VQP for the helping hands on the labor to make this all possible. 

4 Replies to “New Life for old EZ Way Tilt-over Crank-Up Tower”

  1. Very nice well-done love to know what you used for the base supporting the boom of the Tower I have received an old 65 foot EZ Way tilt over tower in the same way you have I am looking to ground mounting the base of the Tower came across some opposition to design something since I was unable to dig up the wonder pole from being concerted in not knowing how deep they went since the wonder pole is about 6′ in length and with side fins if you have some ideas love to hear from you,
    Thanks, Ted Dean KD2ARD
    73’s

    1. Ted, thanks for the compliment! I have another blog post showing how I made my own “wonder post” and installed the tower

      73
      Scott W5WZ

    2. A friend of mine has the 60 ft model. In 92 andrew bent the wonder post and tower. He had a F600 wrecker (the model between a car wrecker and the big Semi wrecker) come out and simply pull the bent post out of the ground. Ha had a slow flow of water saturating the ground for 24 hrs before the wrecker scheduled. He told me the post puld out relativley easily

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