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Cheapo Tow Bar

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 19:24
by MikeB
Here's simple tow bar I made for moving the L16 around in my hangar. Basically a tug made to move a boat around. I just took the ball off (although I guess you could leave it on) and fabricated a jig to slide under the tail wheel and lift. I bought the tug from Harbor Freight (ugh) for about $50 on sale.

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Works pretty well on a level surface. Pushing uphill is more of a challenge but I usually nose the plane into the hangar anyway.

Mike

Re: Cheapo Tow Bar

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:09
by pmanton
GOOD idea :D

I've got one of those things kicking around. It will soon be a dual purpose trailer & plane tug.

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Re: Cheapo Tow Bar

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 20:47
by jmurray
Mike,

Brilliant!!

That looks so easy, I might even be able to do it. Do you have any details as to how you fabricated the jig?.



Regards,

John Murray

Re: Cheapo Tow Bar

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 22:32
by MikeB
John,
Don't really have any details. It needs to have a pretty sharp angle to work right and not have the handle way down of the floor when you lift. All I used was square tube iron from the local hardware store, estimated :roll: the angle, cut and welded it together. I gas welded but a wire feed would probably work better (I don't have a wire feed unit). The lift pegs are just carriage bolts (I think maybe 3/8) with a hole drilled through the tube iron and a nut holding them in place but they could be welded too, except then you can't move them. There could be a couple of different holes to accomodate different size tail wheels. I put plastic tubing over the bolts but probably not necessary. One other thing, it might not be the worst idea to reinforce the angle with a 'gusset'. I didn't but am watching to see if anything bends. So far, so good..........!! Used it today to pull the L16 in tail first and it worked fine. Hope this helps.
Mike

Re: Cheapo Tow Bar

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:52
by jmurray
Thanks Mike. So far I have bought and assembled the trailer dolly. It's a pretty neat device. Once I fabricate the jig...following your intructions, for which I thank you...I will let you know.

I know there are several commercial tow bars out there, but it's more satisfying to do your own...even if I plagerize your idea!!

Thanks again,

John