You heavy Baron drivers, may want to take a close look at the flexibility this could give you in
your hangar as well as while traveling. By the way, go price a new gasoline
powered tug with truck freight to your doorstep and Beech
adapters and you'll not be too far off the $1,850 price. But, you can't take one
of those gas tugs with you on a trip and the Sidewinder will never ask you for
gas, oil, spark plugs or a rubber belt.
- Amazing Power in a 23 Pound Portable Tug
Read the Testimonial from a European Sidewinder
Owner for his Piper Meridian
See the Complete Picture Album of hi
resolution Sidewinder pictures
Contact me if you are interested in
learning more or would like to meet in the
KATW area for a
Nope, it's not a CSOB item, but if your back,
legs and/or knees are not what they used to be, this could be the ticket for you
to avoid the chiropractor. Try finding this kind of powered tug portability in
those other types of tugs!
Here are two of my own situations that impressed
#1. I shut down at the end of my
hangar row one day to let the Cessna guy finish loading and come out. My B55 was
full fuel and my Sidewinder battery was full fuel also. It got the plane all the
way to my hangar (the last one in the row) about 100 yards by my estimation and
my battery was just about done.
#2. Before I left Texas this past
Sunday for my trip up to the Wisconsin tundra, my IA did a small weld repair on
my nose gear door actuator pin. The picture below is someone else's but it was happening
to my plane too
Yes, mine was being sawed in half
by contact with the pickup fork.
Well anyway, he has this tiny
jewelers pinpoint torch and needed some additional clearance under the nose gear
brace to get a good working angle. Rather than get jacks and the tail stand, he
goes and gets this car ramp and he says, "get your Sidewinder out and lets get
this nose wheel up onto the ramp."
So I said, OK, we'll try (yeah right). So I
hook up the Sidewinder and my IA goes behind the right main wheel. I start to
squeeze and he begins applying some rolling force to the right main wheel. I'll
be dipped, the Sidewinder pulled the nose up that conventional car ramp with
just my buddy exerting some force on one main.
The Sidewinder now fits all the following aircraft models. So tell your Cessna,
Piper & Eclipse friends about the Sidewinder. Please specify your aircraft model
All the Bonanzas-Barons-Travel Airs and T-34
All Piper single engine retractables from the
Arrow through the Meridian
All Cessna single engine retractables from
the 172rg through to P-21
All fixed gear Cessna from 182 up without
All Cessna 310-320-340-401-402-414-421-441
Here is the NEW KNURLED ROLLER and Chain Guard
design as of 4/12/2009:
Storage & Cold Weather Operations
A word about cold Wx and storage of the Milwaukee
Lithium Ion Battery Pack from the Milwaukee operating instructions:
Here are some additional thoughts posted on 30
Nov 2010 from Redline Owner, Linn Kastan, regarding Cold Wx Ops for the
In winter, we get quite a few calls about reduced battery
life. I realize that this can be a frustrating occurrence. Our tests (and
experience) indicate that the Milwaukee batteries should not be left in cold
conditions for extended periods of time.
If you read the Milwaukee literature (posted above) that was
included with your Sidewinder, it states that the tool can be used (and the
battery can be charged) in conditions down to -4 F. In the next paragraph, they
recommend that the battery be stored at "room temperature". We highly recommend
this procedure. The current V28 series is fully warranted for a period of 2
years or 2000 charging cycles against any defects.
If any of you experience any problems with a battery that
falls inside these parameters, it should be checked by an authorized service
center. If found defective in any way, it will be replaced. Simply go to:
and click on E-Service. If you have any problems with this procedure, please
contact me directly.