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Old 09-11-2017, 05:15 AM
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I converted a snowblower into a tug for my 10. Works really well for one person and can covert it back in 30 minutes or so.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SLOtgUacLnXDSE7v1

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Old 09-11-2017, 07:04 AM
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What'a wrong with pushing on the prop near the prop hub? Never heard that's an issue. Pushing or pulling uphill is always a pita.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:38 AM
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Go to Bogert Aviation and get the RVA Tow Pin Kit along with one of their tow bars. Now you can push your 10 without worrying about the bar slipping. I have been using this on my -6A ever since I damaged the nose wheel pant. Of course, the 2-place RV is not too bad to push around by hand, but I'm planning on getting a cheap little ATV to use as a tug for the -10, though while it's under construction I've had no problem moving it around as necessary.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:47 AM
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What'a wrong with pushing on the prop near the prop hub? Never heard that's an issue.
It doesn't make sense to prohibit this from a Physics standpoint either. The prop pulls the airplane in flight, and the airplane pushes on it when descending. A human pushing on it right at the root of the blade near the hub should not be able to cause damage.

As someone else pointed out, the "tow" bar is poorly named. It shouldn't be relied upon for anything other than steering. I've seen the damage that results when an old, worn one pops out unexpectedly while someone is pushing an airplane with it. You don't want that.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:37 AM
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Not cheap, but have a look here:
https://www.acairtechnology.com/products.aspx?cat=tugs

I want to get one of these for my non-RV.

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Old 09-11-2017, 12:14 PM
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...We have an MT composite prop, so no pushing on that. ....
I have an 3 blade MT and have always pushed the plane back with the prop. Is this something I'm not supposed to do?!?! My usual routine is to use the tow bar to steer and push on the prop at the hub.

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Old 09-11-2017, 12:35 PM
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If you use a "hangar floor mounted winch", be sure to have a secondary way to quickly depower the winch. Nothing gets the heart racing like releasing the winch's primary remote control switch and having the winch continue to pull the aircraft unabated into the hangar structure. On our Bonanza's hangar winch we could physically jerk the remote control cord to pull the winch's electrical power cord from its power outlet. Also, I question whether RV tail tiedown rings are suitable for pulling by a tail winch.
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:01 PM
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I converted a snowblower into a tug for my 10. Works really well for one person and can covert it back in 30 minutes or so.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SLOtgUacLnXDSE7v1

I'm intrigued by the idea of modifying a snow blower to get my RV-6 back into the hangar (seems that old plane gets a little heavier each year.....). But this will require the primary use of the blower to be in reverse gear.

Question: how fast is reverse gear on your snow blower? Just wondering if reverse is geared to allow satisfactory pulling of a tail dragger RV.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:05 PM
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The reverse gear on mine runs about the same as first gear forward. I have five forward gears on mine and run in third most of the time.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:55 PM
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I'm intrigued by the idea of modifying a snow blower to get my RV-6 back into the hangar (seems that old plane gets a little heavier each year.....). But this will require the primary use of the blower to be in reverse gear.

Question: how fast is reverse gear on your snow blower? Just wondering if reverse is geared to allow satisfactory pulling of a tail dragger RV.
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The reverse gear on mine runs about the same as first gear forward. I have five forward gears on mine and run in third most of the time.
Thanks for the feedback, Jason, that is useful info.
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