Safely? Sound like fun!
I have some general observations from my quest, however............--Frank
On the Trabes, one thing I'm trying, in an effort to save time, is rather than winding the wire rope onto the drum when striking I over-under it and tie it with a Velcro like just another mic cord. -F
One thing to look out for on the Eventners is that the derating schedule as you go out in front of the mast really limits you more than a Genie. If you need to have the load out fairly far on the forks (perhaps to allow some curve in your line array) you're going to run out of capacity much faster on the Eventner.
The industry may frown on using Genies outdoors but it's a myth that Genie's aren't "rated" for outdoor use. At least as far as the Super Towers go. Just download a manual and one of the first things it talks about is outdoor use, guy wires, use in windy conditions, etc..This is why I don't understand some people saying Sumner is OK outdoors but not Genies. I think that while the industry has frowned more and more on using Genies outdoors, especially for roofs and canopies, that the message has gotten out there but been skewed that Genies aren't 'rated' for outdoor usage (whatever that means). Meanwhile, apparently Sumner must've made mention of outdoor use in their marketing which has some people thinking there must be a difference (not realizing that Genie ST's talk about how to use their lifts outdoors in the manual).If there's something that makes an Eventer better for outdoors then I don't know what it is... and Genie ST's ARE certainly NOT prohibited from outdoor use by Genie (not unless they tell you one thing on the phone and print something different in their manual). None of this means to go ahead and do what you want with a Genie ST or a Sumner Eventer, instead it means I wouldn't trust a Sumner any more than a Genie with whatever someone was doing with it. Indoors or out. They're essentially very similar products made by a couple of different companies for essentially the exact same usages.
We have a pair of the LA12-25 towers from applied. They work great. A couple of things to note:They changed the deployment instructions last year. -They now require 500lbs of ballast at each contact pint with the ground. So, 500lb on the end of each leg, and 500lb as close as possible to the base of the tower.-They take 45-60min each for one tech and 1-2 hands to assemble (less for 2 people who are well practiced).-Applied likes to sell them as whole systems. They don't like selling just the "specialty" parts to be used with truss that one may already have in inventory.They are a solid design though, and we have been able to rent them to other production companies in the area.
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