Orbitron 10ft Teardown

stogie5150

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Id bet the reflector will move without taking it apart, and it wont be that heavy. I'd go put some PB Blaster on all the bolts a couple days before I get the dish, or I'd plan to bring big breaker bars and break some bolts off. The mount will be heavier, and you can take it apart some after you get the dish off the mount. Take the feed off and the feed arms too before you do anything else. label everything. Masking tape and a sharpie are your friends.Measue the focal length too before you take it all down. Take pictures. Plan on it taking much longer than you think. LOL
 

ken2400

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Take a LOT of close up pictures, every part that gets pulled apart, you will not regret taking them.

I moved a 10' dish once in once piece like 25 years ago about 20 miles fun stuff "when I wore a younger man's clothes" Billy Joel

Good luck
 

AE6CH

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We dropped one in about 30 minutes a few years ago with just basic hand tools and a electric screw driver. It's still sitting in my backyard. Someday I will put it up!
 

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There are many examples of dish recovery on the forum. A couple examples of the last two I recovered.
 
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Need2learn

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The orbitron is not a hard dish to take apart start by removing the actuator arm, and then remove the quad legs and RG6 wire, next the center cap holds the whole dish together remove that, and slide out the screens, and remove the ribs and the dish is torn down.
 

Titanium

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Removing the screens usually results in a nightmare for reassembly. I concur with the above suggestions to transport in one piece. DO NOT break it apart unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary. I have hauled many assembled10 foot reflectors on a trailer or inside a cube truck.
 
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