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Dalton Airport, @ 3DA
Flushing, Michigan
Ph: 480-338-7686
26 yrs mfg tugs
& towbars

Latest News and Information about the PICKER's

"FREE Shipping/Handing" & "Price Reductions"

posted: 02-04-2018

That's right Free Shipping and a Price Reductions for Tail-PICKER's in the Lower 48 states only. Due in part by our new 2018 "Tax Structure" and an increase efficiency of mfg. methods and a new streamlined business practices implementation has allowed us to pass lots of savings on to you the customer. Take advantage of it. These prices have not been this good since around 2013. If our material costs increase from here we will be forced to up the price as required, now is the time to get your PICKER ordered.

"New Website" slated for March 2018:

posted: 01-28-2018

That's right a new website is coming for "PICKER tugs and towbars" in late winter/early spring.  Our products deserve the best marketing possible and you the customers deserve the very best most up to date site.

The new site is planning to have some additional features like:

  • You Tube video page links for instant demo's
  • Assembly instructions page with PDF's to print off.
  • A new image gallery
  • Scrolling front page with 5 slides to show products
  • Possibly some new tug categories in addition to Fixed Wing like Rotorcraft & Commercial
  • Merchant commerce payment logistics page handled by SQUARE E-Commerce


The powerful 24-Volt DC "Nose-PICKER" is here for 2018

posted: 01-04-2018

Some people refer to these types of things as an aircraft tug, airplane tug, picker, dragger, power tow aero tow etc... but you can rest assured that we will always refer to them as the Nose-PICKER. 

You now have your chance to own the best and most powerful Nose-PICKER tug ever created. It will serve your picking needs for decades.  Your friends may want to know where they can get a Nose-PICKER too. Tell them to do a google search for "Picker tugs and towbars" or dial up aircraft-tugs.com and get one ordered. 

We are releasing the first of many powered models. (in the future, powered Tail-Pickers & Heli-Pickers as well)

See the "Product" page at the bottom and read the description.  Contact us for any reason. We may not always answer the phone because of being in the shop, but leave a message if you have to and we will return your call...., we are real busy most of the time.

You may ask just how does this work?

Very easy:   simply drive the tug into the nose wheel tire, close the roller behind the tire, hit the button and off you go. It loads in seconds and generates amazing traction. Only "nylon" rollers and side guides contact your aircraft, no metal.

Typical issues the Nose-PICKER solves:

  • No more metal to metal contact with your landing gear.
  • No more adapters needed, it's universally engineered for 500 x 5.0 & 600 x 6.0 tires.
  • No more paint chips or scratches on your wheel pants, we stay under all of that.
  • No more hand cranking of winches.
  • No need to crawl under the aircraft and wrap stretch straps around your landing gear.
  • No heavy lifting on the handle grips to move the aircraft.
  • No need to force the tug under the nose wheel.


PICK'N - ur - Tail PICKER (quick read)

WELCOME - and thank you for taking time to check us out.  Our IRWIN family has been designing and manufacturing tools, aircraft tugs and towbars for 28 years and we want you to know that we are here for you with as many practical options as you need.

NEW PRODUCTS !!!! (see bottom of product page)

  • Adaptable Hitch-Arm assemblies - for your Car/Truck/Golf Cart/Riding Lawnmower
  • Longer 8-inch BUSH slide pins
  • 12 inch X-Tension for X-Tra long reaches to the tail wheel

Take some time now and look around.

I truly believe after 27 years of wisdom (learning lessons) we have " thee most universal " aircraft tow bar designs for tail dragger's in the General Aviation market place today, and that's a "take it to the bank" statement, bar none.

When we say "UNIVERSAL" - it means that our designs will solve a "very" wide range of variables in the ground turf, size &/or conditions of tail wheels once you select the best and most appropriate PICKER tow bar for your aircraft. 

We always say, "Not all hangar's or hangar approaches were created equal ", and they're not.

Problems in the PAST - Like the above mentioned, the #1 historic problem with only one manual tow bar to choose from is that while that towbar may, (or may not), fit the aircraft, it very well may not always fit the user's intent or the surface conditions that it rolls on.  This has become increasingly important now more than ever because many more options are currently available thru us.

Problem SOLVED - To solve that industry dilemma the designers at PICKER tugs and towbars have gone completely out of their way to bring every possible option to the aviation market place.  As a customer this will give you the absolute best chance to purchase the ultimate towing device for your beloved airplane, and we know we have it.  Even works on a FLAT tail wheel tire.

We would rather invest our time & money up front in your choices and selections because serving you a towbar that is ranked the best of the best is what keeps us doing what we love every day.  

SEE The Products - Also be sure to look at the "product page" and read thru our towbar Product descriptions under the list of aircraft towbar products.

  ** If you still have questions after reading through this website please do not hesitate to EMAIL US. Together we will steer you towards the right PICKER tow bar for your airplane.  We think the time spent now will save you a lot of frustration and money later on.

PICKER product names (-1 or -2)

ONE aircraft in the hangar-

The (-1) in any of the PICKER’s names means that there is only one set, (2 total pins), of "Infinitely Adjustable" Picker-Pins protruding out from only one side of your PICKER to fit your aircraft.  Typically this is more than fine for the hangar with "only" one aircraft inside it.

TWO or more aircraft in the hangar-

The (-2) in any of the PICKER’s names means that there are (2) sets, (4 total pins), of "Infinitely Adjustable" Picker-Pins.  One set of pins protruding out from “both sides” of your PICKER to fit your aircraft.  Typically this works well for the hangar with "more than one" aircraft inside it.  You can set-up the PICKER to handle two completely different tail wheels and never have to change it to the “other setting” every time the “other aircraft" gets moved.  A&P's and FBO's typically favor this design, it's that good.