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Old 04-15-2017, 02:57 AM   #1
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Any recommendations for a tail wheel towbar for a Hatz? There are a couple of versions for sale in the $200-300 range. Any style better than the others, or is there a low cost solution available?


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I have a tail dragger dragger (blue one) and it works fine. I've used it for four years and it does the job. I have a 6" diameter tail wheel.


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My son bought this and used all the parts he cut off to fit the tailwheel;
http://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb-...lly-60533.html
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Looks interesting, any pictures of what he came up with.
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Loop of rope.
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Kevin,
i will get a photo of it tomorrow.
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The Champ came with a taildragger dragger, and it works well. Basic design, but perfectly functional. Another positive vote from me. 8" tail wheel.
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Don't know how it would fit a Hatz but I use a Bogi-bar (Aircraft Spruce) for both an Eagle and RV-6. They both have the Aviaiton Products tailwheel with a longer bolt and added washers to create attach points for the bar. Love it because the handle has a quick pin to shorten/extend so it's easy to bring in the airplane.
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I had the spring type that clipped on to the axle bolts for the Super Decathlon, worked ok. Bit the bullet for the Eagle and bought the Tailwheel transporter. A few more $$ than most but worth it and works great. Made it the USA, mom n pop company who will answer any questions you may have relative to your aircraft.
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Kevin,
Here is the photo;
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I second crankyklingon,
rope.
Easy and super cheap.
You can attach the rope to a metal/plastic/wood bar/dowel for easier pulling. Also fits in the baggage bin for those cross country flights.
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Pushing on a rope to go the other direction can be tough...
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Run a rope through an al tube about 4 ft long. Far end clips to outside of tube.. You can clip rope far end around and pull tight over the leaf spring with the near end.

Then push pull

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Yeah, no problem, I'll just pull the alum. oil breather tube running through the fuselage out to do that, as I sure as hell don't have a 48" baggage compartment! . Ok I'm funnin you.
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I would never carry a tow bar either. I can fit a toothbrush and a few changes of underwear in the Pitts turtledeck

I mean for use in the hangar at almost zero cost


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