fbomherJanuary 24, 2013

I'm looking to buy a garden tractor to use to move my 2,500lb plane in and out of my hangar. It must be able to work in ice and snow so 4 wheel drive is a must. Looking for recommendations. Would a 100 series John Deere be able to do that? My hangar has a slight uphill grade going in which is great pulling out but not so much pushing in. Looking for advice. Thanks!

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Four wheel drive is a must when towing on snow and ice, we use a 400CC Suzuki King Quad with a pintle hook mounted on the front. Just make certain that you don't exceed the steering limits of the nose gear, when maneuvering around the ramp.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 6:53PM
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Might i suggest something with a drive-shaft design for powering the wheels? Most garden tractors and lawn tractors are driven by rubber belts. I'd think that plane would be too heavy for a lawn or garden tractor. The idea of using the kind of machine as told by the other respondent, would be much better than a garden tractor. Most garden tractors as advertised today, aren't near strong enough for what you propose. They are usually just a step up for the average home owner. More or less a selling gimmick.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 11:42AM
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search for "aircraft tug" and you will find many designs that are made for this. Some are battery powered and some are gasoline.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 12:18PM
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