The 15″ square ground support tower is a system manufactured for the purpose of providing a lifting medium for a variety of Thomas trusses from, 20.5″ x 20.5″, Heavy duty, Supertruss, and Pre-rig truss through to Roof systems.
The towers will provide the necessary equipment to support a truss rig in venues where the flying points are either not strong enough, or not in the right place. Each tower is capable of lifting 4 tons to a maximum height of 40 feet. However, if you use a CM 1 ton hoist you will only be able to lift 2 tons (ie. block and fall). The 4 ton weight must include the self weight of the truss rig and the motors. The truss rig is raised and lowered by means of electric chain hoists. The motor is rigged in the truss and work 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. Below, we list a brief description of the parts which make up a 15″ ground support tower.
The base of the tower has 4 screw jack assemblies with 6″ diameter foot pads which are adjustable to enable levelling of the tower. The base also incorporates 4 ball castors which allows the whole rig to be accurately positioned before the tower is raised. Once the tower system is ready to be raised, all the screw jacks must be adjusted evenly and must take the load off the ball castors.
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 aluminium 6061-T6 2″ x .157″ thick wall tube with 1″ x .125″ wall diagonals.
The tower sections are bolted together to allow 30″ adjustments in height up to a maximum of 40 feet. Once the tower height has been determined, then the roller beam is 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 16 heavy duty 4″ wheels to guide the rig up each tower.