TOWERS HYDRAULIC TILT - IOWA WIND
Tilt - Free Standing Towers are a
relatively new innovation to the small wind industry. By eliminating the need for “Guy Wires” to secure the tower,
and a potentially dangerous “Gin Pole Procedure” for raising and lowering your Wind Turbine, you can now easily use
hydraulic/electric power to raise/lower your Wind Turbine. It is
no longer necessary to rent a large crane to assemble the tower then raise and mount the turbine & blades at
the top of the tower. Sometimes a second “bucket truck” is also needed to provide a working assembly platform at
the top of the tower. (These extra installation expenses are no longer required.) Needless to say ,,, all this heavy equipment will take a toll on your lawn, as well as risk
crushing any underground lateral's, drain tile or sprinkler
lines. With this style tilt tower those problems are greatly
Guy Wires (usually 3 or more) take up a large “footprint” around the base area of your turbine. This
is a problem to mow around, visually not the best, AND IF over time ANY of the cables/clamps should loosen or
fail your tower will no longer be equally tensioned. Sooner or
later ---- GRAVITY WILL PRO VAIL, you will have a bent tower and a smashed wind turbine.
Our Tilt – Free
Standing Towers are Galvanized for long term corrosion resistance. Our towers are built in China by large
company's that use accepted engineering standards for quality. The tower is a very important component in
your Wind Turbine System. It should be up to the task.
IOWA WIND TURBINES offers Tilt Free Standing Towers in 3 sizes/heights:
12 meter 40
ft 3 piece
15 meter 50
ft 3 piece
18 meter 60
ft 3 piece
Generally - The taller the tower, the more wind you can “catch”. Local ordinances may dictate your maximum
height. Remember, the Turbine sits on top of the tower, and the blades will swing higher yet. If you have
some height restrictions, we can mix/match/modify tower parts for a custom height.
Hydraulic Power is most often used to raise/lower the tower. This can be provided from stationary
pumps or by plugging into various implements (Tractors/Skid Loaders/etc). One very important safety issue is
to use hydraulic cylinders with provisions to compensate for any hydraulic failure during the tilt process.
We can provide these type Cylinders and hoses. An alternative is
an electric motor screw jack. We will have those available soon, after we complete our testing of the various
Below are some pictures/video that show some of
the early prototypes of these towers, as well as the end product.