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WTB - api tailwheel friendly tow bar

1 Albee

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Homemade, lifts from bottom of tailwheel tire, $25.00. You MUST pick up, near Sacramento Ca.
Phil
 

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Phil, how about a photo. I am much more interested in building one than buying
Thank you
 

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I made one like they for my Starduster, using 2x4s, some aluminum angle, and wheels from a lawn spreader. For the Hatz I'm using a modified Cessna towbar that clamps over the tailwheel axle bolts.
 

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A standard Cessna style towbar (easily available) fits the API tailwheel- we used a longer axle bolt for it to fit over.
 

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I have one from a Cessna 150 that I welded a couple of tubes to fit over the axel bolt on my clip wing Tcraft. I madE the one for my RV out of square tubing. I'll try to find a couple of pictures
 

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This one was made from a Harbor Freight dolly;
tow bar IMG_1344.PNG
 

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The tow bar I have is basically what is in post #8. Still $25.00, you pick up
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🤔 am I the only one towing taildraggers with a simple strap wrapped around the springs-to-tailwheel liaison ? (Ok, and a rag to protect the springs paint)
Cheap, light, fits in any turtledeck, allows great control...
 

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Xavier, when the tailwheel does the full swivel yours is obviously best. I've had a couple of units that don't/didn't. Trying to keep it inline with the strap is a nightmare.
Mark
 

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Xavier, when the tailwheel does the full swivel yours is obviously best. I've had a couple of units that don't/didn't. Trying to keep it inline with the strap is a nightmare.
Mark
I made one using the sketch Dennis posted as a guide. I used old bed frame angle iron, steel rod from Home Depot for the axle and 10" pneumatic wheels/tires from Harbor Freight. Excluding time and oxy/acetylene my cost was about $14. It works very well for moving my Wagabond which has a Maule tailwheel. My Pitts has a full swivel lockable Haigh tailwheel so I don't need or use a tow bar for it.
Dave
 

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