PICKER aircraft tugs and tow bars including manual aircraft tugs,is a family owned aviation product design and engineering company with headquarters in Flushing Michigan near Dalton Airport (3DA).
We're Pilots FIRST and we keep it simple for a reason - Using the same exact towbar, you can move a little J3-Cub all the way up to a 450 Stearman (WOW, yes exactly). We are one of America's leading and most innovative aircraft tug manufacturers, the company is now owned and operated by Tool Engineer Jeff Irwin as Director of Operations. The company specializes in the systemic engineering, design and manufacturing of aircraft ground support equipment (aka GSE).
The IRWIN's have a 36 year history designing & engineering tools. These PICKER products are premium built, top quality powder coated hangar tools. They are proud that they can say the PICKER's airplane tugs and aircraft tow bars are made and manufactured in the USA and can be shipped anywhere in the world.
The family's associated with the aviation side of the company cover literally 5 decades of aircraft ground support product design & manufacturing stemming from actual FAA certified commercial and private pilots.
PICKER's Aircraft Tugs and Towbars - in general greatly help people in General Aviation to move and transport aircraft in and out of hangars and across the air field. The continous growth of quality GSE products is 100% family based and very rich with generations and decades of Aviation Heritage dating back to the early 70's.
This is not a joke, they really are. Think of it like this... The tail wheel PICKER tow bar lift pins fit " ALL " of the sometimes tricky Van's RV tail draggers, also J3-Cubs thru even 450 Stearman's. That's a whole lot of aircraft. We even have a 15-inch X-Tension detail to reach even further under your plane.
A very unique and new feature in the market of our design truly enables the pilot or ground crew to literally make an “ INFINITE ” number of ever so slight adjustments to ensure a perfect fit “every” time for a wide multitude of aircraft with tail wheels. This is unique to our PICKERS only
The PICKER’s can even be quickly dialed-in "by hand using NO tools” most of the time and with a wrench for a more permanent setting. You can even change the “Location” of the tail wheel in the dolly anywhere from the axle for more leverage or more lift depending on your needs.
IMPORTANT !! - Special steel shaft collars are used to dial in the 'WIDTH" of your tail wheel so that it won't flip sideways and fall out. This is the simplest most universal tow-bars with wheels on the market. We know the PICKER's will fit your plane.
The Fact is - this towbar design to date has fit every tail wheel they have tried it on. Also to date they've only had “one” return, they have heard from and contacted many customers and they all say they are satisfied.
You may even get a random call from the owners checking to hear about your experience, they want to make sure you've had a good experience. They enjoy uploading customer’s pictures onto the website so feel free to email a few pics to us using the PICKER on your aircraft.
The Irwin family engineered and patented the original "Lift Pin" concept December 10th 1991 and was since revered as "Best Tow Bar Design" multiple times by the "Aviation Consumer" and base on adaptability and performance the New PICKER's are even better.
The Irwin family manufacturing team is well intact and been designing and making tugs and tow bars now for 30 years running, but now the name is PICKER and they're Powder Coated bright yellow. They can honestly say that more exclusive patent pending uniquely engineered designs are coming.
Product models are usually identified with an aviation/aerospace styled dash number like (-1).
Currently the number one in the -1 design represents the lifting Picker-Pins being located on (((1 side))) of the tow bar.
The -2 design represents lifting Picker-Pins located on ((( 2 sides ))) of the towbar.
As usual, the IRWIN family tradition has been confirmed again as their PICKER airplane tug and aircraft towbar products sell very well and stand very tall against current competitors when it comes to price, user options, adaptability, performance and overall customer happiness.