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Reviews Categories | Towers, masts, accessories, climbing & safety gear | Spiderbeam 47 foot (14.5m) Aluminum Mast Help

Reviews Summary for Spiderbeam 47 foot (14.5m) Aluminum Mast
Spiderbeam 47 foot (14.5m) Aluminum Mast Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $579.00
Description: Robust mast for permanent installation - mount your HD
Spiderbeam or other lightweight Yagi antenna at a serious
height of 14.5m (47 feet)
Product is in production.
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K2GT Rating: 4/5 Jul 8, 2018 02:29 Send this review to a friend
Excellent European Engineering  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this mast to hold my NA4RR Hex Beam at 40 feet or so. As each section is nested in the previous one, you can raise it to any length up to the max. First off, as the previous reviewer noted, no instructions. A few hints would have saved time and effort, and is the reason it doesn't get a higher rating. So here are a couple of tips. In order to install the guy rings the mast must be taken apart, as each collar only fits the mast piece it was designed for. Take a magic marker and number each section in the proper order. Also mark each clamp in order. If you get the clamps out of order, the wrong clamp will not lock the mast in place. Next, as you push it up with a Hex Beam, it gets heavy! The previous reviewer recommended an actuator, available on Amazon, which worked like a charm. I hose clamped it to the bottom section, applied 12 volts, and it (very slowly) raised each section. That added about a hundred bucks to the operation. It took 2 people about 8 hours over several days, but it's up, solid, and I'm pleased.
W5FCX Rating: 4/5 Nov 26, 2016 19:47 Send this review to a friend
Great mast for the money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this HD mast to go with my HD Spiderbeam and get it up in the air around 50' feet, including the base/rotor and stand pipe. So far, it has done the job quite nicely.

One issue with the mast had to do with not receiving any instructions or docs in the box, so I found myself experimenting and making certain mistakes as a first-time mast user. Better (any?) documentation in the box would be a great help for newbie mast users.

The biggest challenge turned out to be raising the mast with the heavier HD Spiderbeam antenna on top. As you get several sections up, it becomes quite heavy and difficult to lift. Worse yet, it takes two people on ladders to deal with it - one to lift and hold, another to tighten/untighten (and hope it does slip on you).

I came up with my own solution to this problem - a way to automatically raise the mast 30 inches at a time, along with a way to mount and dismount the antenna - without any helpers, so I can handle the antenna and mast now solo at my remote location, where getting help isn't easy. Visit my website for more details on how I manage this mast now:

Overall, I would recommend this mast as it's sturdy, high-quality aluminum construction, capable of handling a serious load like the 26 pounds of HD Spiderbeam (with proper guying).

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