The 5 Best Aircraft Tugs for Sale

Choosing an aircraft tug can get tricky, especially when there are a lot of available options with varying quality and features that are up for sale in the market. Even if you were to find your ideal machine, there are chances of its price tag, pushing you into further dilemmas.

But that’s ok, for we understand your necessities and what you really need when it comes to aircraft tugs. The best way to invest in an aircraft tug is to filter your priorities and look for those exact special features you expect from the tow tug.

This article will explain in detail the features you need to look for before investing money in an aircraft tug. We will also discuss the list of Powertow’s different aircraft tugs on sale from which you can select the one which is spot-on.

What are the features to look for in an aircraft tug?

There are dozens of factors one needs to consider before investing in an aircraft tug, that are beyond the scope of this article. For now, we will focus on the most essential parameters one must consider before choosing an aircraft tug.

  • The rating & weight of the aircraft
  • Workability of the tug
  • The life expectancy of the machine
  • The size & type of landing gear
  • Budget

These are the parameters you need to keep in mind before choosing the best tug for your purpose. Now let us have a look at the features of an aircraft tug you should consider before investing money:

  • Throttle grip control

You should have absolute control over the throttle and the clutch so that you can maneuver in tight spaces. The positioning of the clutch, shifting, and other controls for hooking up should be ideally located on the handle to ensure that you don’t have to bend over all the time. Also, the hooks should be universal and adaptable to attach most nose and tail wheels.

  • The engine

The more the power output from the engine, the more its towing capacity would be. Today there are both diesel & electric variants available in the market, choose one that suits your requirement & budget. If you were to choose an IC engine, ensure that it has an electric start to make things easier for you.

  • Frame construction

The strength of the aircraft tug's frame has to be a decisive parameter. Ideally, the more the frame's strength, the more weight it can pull. You should also look for the type of weld and the gauge of steel used for the construction of the tug’s frame.

These are some of the features you need to look for in an aircraft tug. Now let’s look at the aircraft tugs Powertow has to offer.

The Best Aircraft Tugs from Powertow

The aircraft tugs offered by Powertow are broadly divided into two

  1. Single Wheel Tugs
  2. Two Wheel Tugs

Single Wheel Tugs

Tugs for aircraft up to 6000 lb

Most single-wheeled aircraft tugs with optimum torque can tow up to 6000 lb of carriage. If you are looking for a base model without any bells and frills working on non-ethanol gas or 100LL, we have model 40EZ on offer.

  1. Model 40EZ

  • 6.75 Gross Torque Briggs and Stratton electric-start engine
  • Hooks up to most nose and tail wheels, with or without pants
  • Comes with an on-board battery charger/maintainer

If you really want to be convenient in operations, we have KEY EZ, an upgraded variant of model 40EZ. The add-ons include an on-board battery charger/maintainer and a switchable headlight.

  1. Thundervolt

Well, if you are looking for an electric aircraft tug, you can check out Thundervolt, a powerful, super easy to operate, and super quiet tug. Thundervolt is equipped with a 12 V DC electric motor, which easily outperforms the gas models. But yeah, it can cost a bit more than the IC engine variant.

Tugs for aircraft up to 8000 lb

  1. Viper

For aircraft weighing 8000 lb, Powertow offers you Viper. Viper comes with an 8.5 Gross Torque Briggs and Stratton electric-start engine. Other features of the tug are

  • Key start or pull start
  • On-board battery charger/maintainer
  • Hooks up to most nose and tail wheels, with or without pants
  • Works with non-ethanol gas or 100LL
  • All controls for hooking up, shifting, and clutch are located on the handle

Two Wheel Tugs

Two-wheel tugs are generally meant for aircrafts weighing 8000lb and above. Powertug’s two-wheel tugs feature a 360-degree rotating carriage ensuring a better turning radius.

Tugs for aircraft up to 8000 lb

  1. Supertow I

With a powerful Briggs and Stratton electric-start engine,Supertow I can move aircraft weighing up to 8000lb. At powertow, we call it the compact workhorse. Supertow I can handle most single & twin-engine aircraft (limited by tire size and nose/tail length).

Other features include:

  • Key start or pull start
  • Switchable headlight
  • On-board battery charger/maintainer
  • All controls for loading/unloading, shifting, and the clutch is located on the handle

Tugs for aircraft up to 8000 lb

  1. Supertow Pro

With a powerful 10.5 gross torque Briggs and Stratton electric-start engine at its heart, Supertow Pro can move aircraft weighing up to 15,000lb. Integrated with new LED headlights, Supertow Pro is ideal for operating at night.

If you are looking for tugs to tow aircraft with oversized landing gears like the ones in Cessna Caravan, we have upgraded versions Supertow 3 and Supertow 4, which can fit landing gears up to 10” wide.

To Sum Up

All our machines are factory-made and go through stringent quality testing before they are dispatched. We also ensure that all of our machines arrive at your doorsteps assembled whenever possible, and you won’t have to put extra effort and money for the same.

We offer snow chains as a standard accessory along with all our products, free of cost. You don’t have to worry about getting stuck in the snow either.

If you are looking for more information or have any specific queries you would like us to answer, feel free to contact us.

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