CanadianNorth
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What Exactly Do You Call This...

Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:38 pm

Well ever since I been here Air North has been using this modified forklift type thing to tow their planes around instead of just yer standart tug thing. Everywhere they go with it is plowed year round, and pretty much all paved, so its not like the normal equiptment wouldn't work. Looks kinda cool though, but what exactly is it called? I've always call it "that forklift puller thinger"...

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/P1010536.jpg



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mtnmanmakalu
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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:45 pm

It looks like a regular Cat front-end loader that they have modified to be a pushback tug.... I thought I had seen it all, but this is a great pic- Thanx!!

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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 12:11 am

Yeah, that to me is a front-end loader, but I would have thought that a regular tug would have been cheaper then one of those expensive beasts.
 
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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 12:22 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
but I would have thought that a regular tug would have been cheaper then one of those expensive beasts.

I'm sure the attachment is removable as they probably use it for moving cargo, for mx and snow removal. So having one or 2 machines for multiple tasks saves money. But then again, they only have 1 jetway and a hanger at their hub in whitehorse. I caught a show called, Wings over Canada on tv, (late night of course) in which their whole episode was on Air North, they've also done Air Canada and First Air. Normally its the host flying around in his C-185 amphib, which is still cool.
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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 12:31 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
Yeah, that to me is a front-end loader, but I would have thought that a regular tug would have been cheaper then one of those expensive beasts.

The advantage is that you can use it as a dual use machine, snow removal and a modified pushback tug. So depending on the total use of a tug it may in fact be cheaper to use the Cat loader as a tug

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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:28 am

At the airport in Burnet, a small town in Texas, they use small farm tractors to pull the aircraft around. I found it amusing. Great Pic!
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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:21 pm

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 3):
probably use it for moving cargo, for mx and snow removal.

Moving cargo maybe but the only cargo is what fits in the bellies of their 732s, HS748s and B99, so I don't think they have that much to move. mx maybe but how? Snow removal here is done by the airport not airlines.


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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:42 pm

If you've ever used a tractor to push back a plane... you might be a redneck.

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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:42 pm

It looks rather like this, although I'm sure it's a newer model...

http://www.cat.com/cda/layout?m=58040&x=7
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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:41 pm

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 6):
mx maybe but how?

To help move an apu or engine when its off for mx. Move tires around...I dunno, it was an idea.
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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:47 pm

I call it a GHETTO pushback tractor.
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RE: What Exactly Do You Call This...

Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:49 pm

Wow. That's gotta be a tricky bugger to handle on anything but straight pushbacks. Front end loaders don't steer like a normal tug and certainly have more power than needed to move a 737.

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