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I have a like-new Loos PT-2 tension gauge. My broker/friend gave it to me because his father retired from sailing and sold his Catalina 270. Unfortunately my Catalina 250 is rigged with 5/32" wire, which requires the Loos PT-1 gauge. The PT-2 is designed for 3/16"-1/4" wire, with a stiffer spring appropriate for the higher tensions that this wire can support.

I hope that there may be someone here who has upgraded to a larger boat who may have a PT-1 and be looking for a PT-2. If so, I am your man.

Please only reply if you have the Loos Professional series gauge (PT-1). I am not interested in their regular 91A tension gauge.

I can supply pics of the gauge to help you verify its pristine condition. It will help if you do the same.

For those of you who don't know whether you have the PT version, here is a stock photo from the Loos website:

 

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I'll swap ya... sending you a PM.
 

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The deal with sailingdog fell through, because he has the same PT-2 that I do. So my PT-2 is still available to anyone with a PT-1 who would like to upgrade to a PT-2 for $20.
 

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I'd point out that most retailers are selling the two for only about a $5 price differential from what I've seen.
 

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Not to hijack your thread, but if anyone has a PT-3 gauge, and wants the PT-2, I would be willing to swap.

Chris
 

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I'd point out that most retailers are selling the two for only about a $5 price differential from what I've seen.
I was seeing $20 differential. Could you send me a link to the retailers you are referring to? I may want to go ahead and pick up the PT-1 there.
 

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Defender has the PT1 for $94 and the PT2 for $105, SBO has them for 99 and 104, etc... not a $20 price difference...
 

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Defender has the PT1 for $94 and the PT2 for $105, SBO has them for 99 and 104, etc... not a $20 price difference...
Not all of them "have them." Some are backordered. I had seen $20 price difference at the first few sites I saw, so priced it accordingly. But since it's available elsewhere for lower difference, I need to match that, so I'll offer an even trade.

I need to move quickly on this. My rig needs tuning and I have hit the limit of what I can do by "feel." So I'll offer an even trade (my PT-2 in exchange for someone else's like-new condition PT-1) for a couple more days, after that I'll have to buy a PT-1 and keep the PT-2 for future boats.
 

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I need to move quickly on this. My rig needs tuning and I have hit the limit of what I can do by "feel."
You don't need to do it by feel. You can accomplish what you want, easily, by simply measuring wire stretch. I would've gone that way, myself, except the mast comes down each fall and goes back up each spring, so having a Loos gauge made sense.

(I don't recall more than about a $10 differential between the different Loos Pro gauges, either, but that was better than a year ago, so perhaps I mis-remember.)

Jim
 

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You don't need to do it by feel. You can accomplish what you want, easily, by simply measuring wire stretch...
I've done that, and there are some other things I would like to do, but only if I can confirm that I'm not over-tensioning the rig.
 

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Am I missing something here? Measuring the wire stretch is how you determine wire tension.

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It is one of the ways to determine wire tension. I am an engineer, and am familiar with the formulas to convert stress to strain with these wires. I choose to use a tension gauge so I can get an idea where I am without having to de-tension my entire rig and start from scratch. It seems to me that you basically made a similar decision, since you have one of these gauges.

I was fortunate enough to find myself in possession of a free PT-2. Why do you want to talk me out of trading it for a PT-1?
 

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I choose to use a tension gauge so I can get an idea where I am without having to de-tension my entire rig and start from scratch.
That is certainly an advantage of a tension gauge.

It seems to me that you basically made a similar decision, since you have one of these gauges.
Nah. Since I start from scratch each spring, it really doesn't matter. I obtained the gauge primarily because it's faster and easier :). That and I like gadgets :p.

I was fortunate enough to find myself in possession of a free PT-2. Why do you want to talk me out of trading it for a PT-1?
You do come up with some of the strangest notions. Why should I care? You said you were in a hurry because you wanted to complete your rig tuning. I was merely suggestion how you could accomplish that w/o the gauge you need.

I apologize for trying to help you. I'll avoid doing so in the future.

Jim
 

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One can find the PT-1 and PT-2 for $76 and $87 respectively at

championradio.com

They are sold from such site so persons can check cable tensions on their radio towers.

I've used the PT-1 on my O'Day 25 for years and recently purchased the PT-2 from this website for my Morgan 382.

RKM
 
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