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The 12“ square ground support tower.  A system manufactured with the purpose of providing a lifting medium for a variety of Thomas trusses ranging from 12“ x 12“ to heavy duty truss.

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The towers will provide the necessary equipment to support a truss rig in venues where flying points are either not strong enough, or not in the right place.  Each tower is capable of lifting 2 tons to a maximum height of 33 feet. The 2 ton weight must include the self-weight of the truss rig and motors. The truss rig is raised and lowered by means of electric chain hoists. The motor is rigged in the truss and works in double fall due 
to the chain being passed over the roller beam at the top of the tower. The motor is then connected onto the other side of the sleeve block.

Listed below is a brief description of the parts which make up a 12“ ground support tower.The base of the tower has 4 screw jack assemblies with 6“ diameter foot pads, which are adjustable to enable leveling of the tower. The base also incorporates 4 ball casters, which allow the entire rig to be accurately positioned before the tower is raised. Once the tower system is ready to be raised, all screw jacks must be adjusted evenly and must take the load off the ball casters.

The hinge section is designed to allow the towers to be assembled horizontally at truss top level before being swung and locked in the vertical operating position.The tower sections are manufactured from 6082T6 aluminum alloy with 2“ dia x .157“ wall main chords with 1“ dia x .125“ wall diagonals. The tower sections are connected with Camloc quick release bolts. Once the tower height has been determined, the roller beam is then fitted at the top of the tower. The roller beam accepts the chain from the chain hoist, which is run over the top 
of the roller beam and back down to the other side of the sleeve block. The sleeve block is the interface 
between the truss rig and the towers. It is designed to create a semi-rigid joint between the truss grid and the towers by using sixteen heavy duty 4“ wheels to guide the rig up each tower.

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