PowerMast FAQs

Q: How much will the PowerMast lift?

A: The lifting capacity for each PowerMast climbing unit is 750 lbs per single mast or 1,500 lbs per twin system.

Q: How high can the PowerMast go?

A: The maximum height of the PowerMast is 200 ft.

Q: What is the maximum space I can have between two masts?

A: As wide as the plank is capable of spanning, as long as the weight of the platform, people and materials weigh 1,500 lbs or less.

Q: What platforms can I use?

A: PowerMast is designed to accept most modular platforms and walkboards that are commonly in use.

Q: Can the drills on a twin system be operated by one person?

A: No. Each climbing unit must be operated independently.

Q: Have the twin mast drills been synchronized so they go up and down at the same time?

A: Because we utilize less costly and easily replaceable drill motors for power, each climbing unit must be operated independently. However, since there are generally at least two workers on a twin system who can operate both ends at the same time, this is rarely an issue.

Q: Can one person set up the PowerMast?

A: Yes, but two people are recommended for a more efficient install.

Q: How much time is required to set PowerMast up?

A: An experienced person can erect a 100 ft single mast system in one to two hours.

Q: What are the safety features of the PowerMast system?

A: Each climbing unit is equipped with a locking pawl and overspeed brake.

Q: What is the pull out force of each tie?

A: The pull out force is 750 lbs per tie.

Q: Do you provide training?

A: We have training materials and support available: just call 888-600-6160.

Q: Can I use my cordless drill?

A: Cordless drills are recommended for emergency descent only.

Q: What type of drill do you recommend?

A: Each drill must have a side handle collar. It should have at least an 8 amp motor and ideally have two speeds to ensure the best performance. We recommend the Milwuakee 5380-21 two speed hammer drill. However, do not use the hammer function.

Q: What kind of drill works the best for the PowerMast and PowerPole?

A: We recommend 8-9 amp corded 1/2 in. drills with a keyed chuck and RPM of 2500-3500. These higher amperage drills are typically hammer drills and are readily available at your local hardware store. Do not use the hammer mode when using these drills as it may cause premature wear to the system.

Q: What happens if the gearbox fails?

A: The PowerMast is equipped with an overspeed brake which stops descent in case of system overspeed. In addition, PowerMast has a drop-stop lock pawl which is a safety mechanism that stops the downward travel of the system when released.

Q: If I unintentionally overload the PowerMast and attempt to go up, will I damage anything in the gearbox?

A: No. Each gearbox is equipped with an overload clutch designed to clutch out in overload situations. The PowerMast will not move if loaded beyond the capability of the system.

Q: What should the spacing be for the ties?

A: It depends on the configuration, see PowerMast specifications for more information.


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