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Re: [TCML] Pig upgrade

I originally got my 25 kVA pig home by using a friend,
a hand-truck, and a ramp made of 2 2"x12"'s to load it
into the back of my small pickup truck. To remove it,
I simply slid it down the ramp. When we moved to our
current house, I again used a hand-truck and my wife
and I (108 lbs and 165 lbs) were able to easily pull
it up the ramp of the moving truck. To lower it,
again, we simply slid it down the ramp. To move it
around my garage, I used a home-made dolly, made of
four short 2"x6"'s, and four heavy duty castors.

While your pig will be MUCH heavier than my 25 kVA
pig, it can be done, with a little thought and a lot
of care.


--- "J. Aaron Holmes" <jaholmes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> Yep, I'll stick by the ~800lbs figure.  Maybe closer
> to 700lbs, but I'll be really surprised if it's any
> less than that!  200-300lbs is for 10-15kVA units. 
> 25kVA units weigh 450-500lbs.  Yes!  These things
> are
> extremely heavy!!  One of my first observations
> about
> getting pole pigs was that the "final stretch"
> (actually physically getting them from source to
> house) was often the worst part.  The weight is one
> thing, but in such a [relatively] small package,
> they
> may as well be solid lead!  I have a couple of
> ancient
> potential transformers too that weight 450lbs each,
> and they're only 3kVA! (pretty much the worst
> weight/power ratio I've come across yet, but then
> PT's
> are generally heavier ;-))  I've spent literally
> hours
> figuring out how to lift pole pigs off of pickup
> trucks in my garage using odd assemblies of
> ratcheted
> load binders and hoists strung across the rafters. 
> Have fun, but BE SAFE!!  There is more danger to pig
> ownership than the electrical aspects ;-)
> 240V @ 30A is good for some fun.  It doesn't come
> anywhere near to taking advantage of such a huge
> transformer (think hundreds of amps!), but to
> reiterate (again), if you've got the room and
> anticipate the need, get it.  If you can, that is!!
> Cheers,
> Aaron, N7OE

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