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    Default Jacking up a tail wheel

    Iím getting old. I lifted my tail the other day and slid my sawhorse underneath solo . Now my backs sore and Iím kicking myself for thinking I can keep doing that .
    Any Members have a good way of jacking up the tail with a floor jack ?
    Of course stratal the frame with a wide board but Iím wondering what others have crafted for the task

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    Default Re: Jacking up a tail wheel

    2AB13F05-2021-4349-A58B-89BFB3285E63.jpegI use an automotive floor jack with a
    4x4 board across the longerons or the spring if I’m not removing the spring.

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    Default Re: Jacking up a tail wheel

    I keep a "Come-a-long" hanging from a rafter in my hangar with a rope that I loop through handle at the tail of my plane.
    "You can only tie the record for flying low."

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    Default Jacking up a tail wheel

    Iíve done the same thing, lifting solo, and then sliding workmate under the tail wheel and keep thinking Iím pressing my luck.

    I came across this and bookmarked it to maybe build something similar. Downside, the floor space it would take up. Upside, not locked into a specific locations with hooks or open rafters to lift from above.


    http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=157246

    Was also an article in Kitplanes

    https://www.kitplanes.com/a-wood-tailwheel-lift/




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    I use moving blankets and this because Iím lazy


    https://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb...art-61405.html




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    Default Re: Jacking up a tail wheel

    I use an automotive floor jack (like Gilbert). Question, is the point where the handles are on the side of the fuselage a good point to place a sawhorse (with moving blanket) to support the fuselage while working on the tail wheel?

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    Default Re: Jacking up a tail wheel

    There is a cluster under the jack screw. I support here so I don't bend the bottom longerons. The handle should be welded here on a Pacer.
    cluster.jpg

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    Default Re: Jacking up a tail wheel

    Thanks for the replies . I was posting because the floor jack method is a bit shaky with my crummy floor jack . My hanger rafters won’t support anything ( old and not too structurally sound )
    But That Harbor Freight table jack looks perfect. I guess 179 bucks beats loss of work, MRI, disc surgery ect

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    Default Re: Jacking up a tail wheel

    Itís a two step process to get the tailwheel on the table. I run the table under the fuselage first to get the tail high enough to set the tail spring pack on the sawhorse. Then reposition the table to the tailwheel. Works great for leveling the aircraft for rigging. Donít forget that Harbor Freight sends out flyers with 20% coupons - knocks the price down more. Being self employed, I canít afford to be down because of a pulled back. $150+ I have into it is cheaper in the long run, for me at least.


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