Aircraft tug

Discussion in 'Maintenance Bay' started by Tom-D, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Tom-D

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    with minor modification wouldn't this Make one hell of a tug?

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    Not for $1400.
     
  3. Kenny Phillips

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    Look up Best Tugs pricing ...
     
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    benyflyguy Cleared for Takeoff

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    7C1DF5CF-1E4D-479C-9F15-D0756F36F86E.jpeg It’s like the one from the Lorax
     
  7. Lndwarrior

    Lndwarrior Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Mine cost $40 from a yard sale. Had to do some rewiring.

    I have 50 feet of gravel to traverse in front of my hangar until i get to pavement.

    Of course having a light weight plane is key. I have to lean forward when i start to move or the front wheel of the cart will come off the ground. Once its moving it works great.
     

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    blueskyMD Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Just for couple of hundred more I would get a real tug from EZ40
     
  9. bnt83

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    I've got a similar scooter that has done well for me over the last 4 years but I'm planning on lengthening the frame, adding a new axle and re-gearing it with different wheels & tires.
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    I thought about buying some surplus zero-turn mower hydro units and building a tug from scratch but I really don't like the idea of a noisy gas engine over the silent electric power chair solutions.
     
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    bnt83 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Sadly my welding skills suck, but on the bright side this thing works fantastic. I tried it out with a one-piece solid rear axle (eliminating the differential function) and it added so much drag I didn't like it.
     

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    Pfft, that's nice work, tell people you were being "artistic" with the welds. The only thing I would do different is move the outside pillow blocks as far outside as you can get them, but as long as the chain stays on and the axels don't bend that will be great.
     
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    bnt83 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    I wanted to weld the extensions under the original frame tubes but they are formed with a bend from the factory so being lazy ended up welding them on the side which messed up the spacing of everything.
     
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    You don’t have to be a good welder, as long as you’re a good grinder. :)
     
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    Its not easy running a grinder with one badly scarred hand so I lack there too.
     
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    I think what I'm going to do next is put a ball hitch on the front. Right now I Just hook the handle of the towbar on the steering shaft to pull and opposite to push. I'm thinking of taking a like a 3" wide steel strap and fitting it around the steering shaft and around the seat mounting tube. The strap will just kind of float there, a ball out front to connect to a coupler I'll weld to a new towbar extension.