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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2021 4:15 pm    Post subject: sore backs ... Reply with quote

i've got a FireStar 2 which is obviously heavier than the Original Firestar. pulling the folded up plane into the hangar is killing my 64 year old back. i'm looking for some ideas..... my back is saying "solve this problem or i go on strike".... help!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:24 pm    Post subject: sore backs ... Reply with quote

I used to have a hangar that had a fairly steep incline from the taxiway to the door and was able to back my Cherokee 180 in by hand until winter when there was ice. I mounted an el-cheepo boat winch on the back wall of the hangar and put an extra long rope on it so it would reach the tail tie down ring when the plane was at the bottom of the incline. It took a lot of turns of the crank but it was easy to do.

These days you can get a 12v winch that will pull 2500# for under $100. I use one to run the door/ramp on my trailer/hangar for the firefly. An old car battery and a solar charger keep it ready to go.

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i've got a FireStar 2 which is obviously heavier than the Original Firestar. pulling the folded up plane into the hangar is killing my 64 year old back. i'm looking for some ideas..... my back is saying "solve this problem or i go on strike".... help!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2021 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: sore backs ... Reply with quote

Here's my rig. I have a shallow hill that I have to pull the MKIII up, for years I used a set of nylon pulleys & 100' of light rope, but this is WAY easier.
Pretty self explanatory, except for a couple items: The tailwheel loop is just a length of 3/16" steel rod brazed to two large flat washers, one of which has a half loop brazed to one side of it to keep it at the correct angle relative to the tailwheel side arm.
I removed the original wire rope from the winch reel and replaced it with a good grade of #550 paracord.
The pulley was sourced from an aircraft wreck.
The winch is from Harbor Freight, small and cheap, got it on sale. The remote control is from a different HF winch that died after several years, I kept the same remote control unit and hooked it up to the smaller winch, works great.
It was originally incredibly noisy, took it apart and repacked the gears with more grease, quieted it down a bit.
The winch has a disengage knob on the far end, pull it and roll the airplane out, engage it and pull it back in. Really slow, but works for me!
PS: When you buy a winch from Harbor Freight, depending on which model you get, most of them have a set of horizontal and vertical roller guides that are designed to be mounted adjacent to the winch spool. HF does not include the mounting plate that holds the guide, be sure and spend the extra $6 for the mounting plate!


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