For the FBO this is an ideal hand held universal tow bar. Fits Cessna, Beech, Piper, Scott Tailwheel and many others.
Collapsible Length: 34"
Overall Length: 57"
Pros: strong spring, multiple diameter options Cons: the tow bar arrived stuck, we needed two people to pull the the parts apart (scratching the paint) , I ended up sanding down the paint so I can assemble / collapse it easily compared to the regular Cessna style tow bar I had in the past this was very disappointing, other
Purchased for a glider... Numerous engaging methods (hole diameters) Heavy duty spring for keeping sidebars in place. Collapsible, stores easily in tight glider trailers. Longer handle, important as towbar will attach to a tailboom dolly, usually forward of the vertical stab, and should be long enough to clear under large rudders. This towbar will need modifications, but provides the best starting point. This towbar seems robust enough to use with a vehicle hitch to the sailplane (yes, we tow them backwards). Con: easily scratched, powder coat would be nice. Still 5 stars (and a can of paint).
This is an excellent towbar. It is universal since it has several different diameter receiving slots for different axel sizes. (That may not appear in the picture). It is also longer than many, which allows a more efficient angle for pushing or pulling (not pushing wheel into ground so much). Also, it is collapsible. And the price is lower than some lesser towbars.
No, this tow bar gets connected at the lugs on the aircraft. It has the cups the slide over the lugs or in slots on the landing gear.
The ID is 1-3/64".
The smallest tube is .270. This will not fit the 5/8 lug. It will pinch down to 3-1/2.