CUSTOMER PRODUCT REVIEWS ARE SORTED ALPHABETICALLY BY AIRCRAFT TYPE
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Gabe C Friendswood, TX
May 22, 2017 Bare Tug
Have wanted to let you know how happy I am with the new transmission. It seems to have more torque and higher speed which doesn't make sense but I will take it. It doesn't strain at all getting the plane in the hangar.
Ken Kennedy Lubbock,Texas
March 7, 2016 Bare Tug
Bare Tug, Awesome!
Great product,beautiful workmanship.I choose the"bare tug" so I could customize it to my own special need for my plane.Works perfectly,Thanks again.
Charles WilerBryce, Utah
October 7, 2014 Bare Tug
This company has got it all! Customer service is second to none! If your a tinkerer like me, this is the way to go.
Franz Kleindorfer Munchen, Deutschland
March 12, 2015 Beechcraft
Ein sehr nutzliches werkzeug
Sehr einfach, dass sie sich mein Bonanza jetzt.
Mark T Roswell, GA United States
August 3, 2014 Beechcraft
Happy with product
When pulling it in and out of the hangar, I use the #3 setting and that is a wonderful speed! When I run into some resistance, I just step down to the #1 setting which gives it more torque.I'm very happy with my purchase. Thanks!Mark
Eric NV United States
November 19, 2012 Beechcraft
Very well made with nice fit and finish. I think it has Gallon-Sized-Power! Moves our V-Tail 35 full of fuel without trouble. It strains somewhat going over the door rail with both mains. Much easier one main tire at atime. Very nice staff at Minimax. Greg is very knowledgable and helpful. He offered a $30 coupon code without me asking. A+ operation!
Saron G. Nevada
September 30, 2012 Beechcraft
For under $800 you just can't go wrong. Moves our A36 without any trouble. Minimax folks are very helpful and considerate. That goes a long way in my book!
Anonymous Person AR
September 22, 2012 Beechcraft
Exceptional design. Works very well on level or slight incline. I have a 1" curb to go over. Only way is one main tire at a time. But I have a Baron that is heavy. Excellent price and Miimax staff is extemely courteous and helpful.
Roger Dails AL
January 15, 2019 Beechcraft
Tows our S35 with ease
December 21, 2013 Beechcaft Sierra, Musketeer
This is one of the coolest things I have ever bought for my Sierra. Hnagaring my bird is so easy now. i even look forward to towing it with my minimax!
February 17, 2019 Beechcraft Sierra, Musketeer
This tug is easy to attach and tows my Sierra effortlessly. Very easy to steer.
Rick S.MD, United States
January 6, 2013 Beechcaft Sierra, Musketeer
Sierra owners finally get a small, portable tug that works great! Thought it would never happen.Thank you!
R Swanson Sacramento, CA
June 17, 2017 "The Boss" Tail Dragger
Here is tug on my AirCam. It works great.
Charles Wiler Bryce, Utah
October 7, 2014 "The Boss" Tail Dragger
This company has got it all! Customer service is second to none! If your a tinkerer like me, this is the way to go.
Diane Cole Virginia
May 31, 2014 "The Boss" Tail Dragger
The tug is doing perfectly.
The tug is doing perfectly. I love the precision it gives me in running the plane in and out of a tight space. Thank you.
November 19, 2012 "The Boss" Tail Dragger
Surprised at all the assembly req'd. when I got it. Heavy too! Not a big deal I guess and kind of fun really. A friend bought a built tug and the shipping was over $300. It does not perform as well as my Minimax and he paid twice what I paid. I am very happy with it and the minimax folks are very nice to deal with. That is a real plus IMO.
October 1, 2012 "The Boss" Tail Dragger
"Bad A**" would be a better name. For $1000 I got every penny's worth! Does great job. Folks at Minimax are most professional.
J. Barber CA
February 12, 2017 Cessna 182,206 (wheel-pants)
My tug works!
Thanks for working with me to get my tug working with my 2008 Cessna T182T. Used your non-skid tape on my hangar floor for traction. The "Knots 2 U" tow bar bracket works great and does not scrape or touch my nose wheel fairing......perfect!
David Hollister CA
October 5, 2016 Cessna 182,206 (wheel-pants)
Hi,I received this tow today and was quite pleased.The first thing I noticed was the quality of build, solid.I tried it on the 182 and while I expected some wheel slip, it is manageable, and steerable with a few minutes practice.The tow bar engages the fork solidly.After playing with this moving the plane in and out of the hanger a few times, I returned the battery to the charger and it was still green. I did a bit more steering practice, returned the battery to the charger, and it was finally indicating down one notch and charging. So battery endurance is awesome. Whiners abound over its limitations; seems most if not all manufacturers but you have stopped producing this type. I do want to keep my wheel pant on, and you were the only one I could easily find that still offered this solution. You have built a solid unit, more so than I expected, and wanted you to know there are people out here that do appreciate the utility it provides.Thank you!Sincerely - David
David Velez Morriston, FL United States
February 6, 2016 Cessna 182,206 (wheel-pants)
Excellent Tug for my Cessna-182
Finally an easy to use and very affordable tug for my C-182. Works excellent. It's amazing how powerful it is and how easily it can pull or push the weight of the airplane. I am delighted with this purchase. Thank you Minimax.
Eric Jakimier KADS, TX United States
February 23, 2015 Cessna 182,206 (wheel-pants)
Wrestling a 182 solo would be no fun to begin with but the paving at my hangar has been modified to help with drainage so is far from level. This tug can handle it! I like the fact I don't have to mess with gas or pulling a string to start it.Best of all is the service - I had a small problem with mine (entirely self-inflicted) that caused it to not work and Greg answered emails even after hours to help solve my problem. VERY satisfied customer!
Kevin B Middlesboro , KY United States
August 7, 2014 Cessna 182, 206 (wheel pants)
Tug is working great.
Pierre labrie Quebec Canada
November 11, 2017
Do you ship to Canada
Do you ship to Canada?My e-mail adresse email@example.com
Cynthia McCall Denver, CO
October 28, 2014 Cessna 182RG
I love this tow. I could not possibly hangar our C182R without it. Only complaint would be that it is heavy
Eric C CT
February 17, 2019 Cirrus SR20/22
Easily tows our Cirrus SR22
Easily tows our Cirrus SR22. Bought as a group of owners and we are all satisfied with its performance. Handle extension was a great value and makes attaching tug to aircraft simple. Customer service was exceptional. Thank you.
Dr. W. Lester Houston, TX
March 8, 2015 Cirrus SR20/22
I recently up-graded the fork on my minimax tug. The new device is a big improvement over the old one. Their designer answered all my questions and explained the new changes and how they would apply to towing the plane. Exactly as he said, hook-up is much easier and turning my plane is 10 times easier with the new fork mechanism.If you like good product and customer support, you cannot go wrong with this company.
January 24, 2013 Cirrus SR20/22
Hands down the best value on the web. Works exactly as advertised. Thank you!
Anonymous Person Raleigh, NC United States
August 10, 2012 Cirrus SR20/22
Bought this product and received it promptly.Pro's: Works as advertised, is small and powerful. Is easy to assemble, just a couple of parts. Very intelligently engineered. I am not an engineer or mechanic and easily could do the assembly alone. Some pictures would help the process, but that is my only recommendation.If you'll need to move an aircraft in and out of a hanger, Minimax is certainly the most cost-efficient solution in the market place.
Bill G. Ky.
April 4, 2012 Cirrus SR20/22
Takes a little getting used to, but after that it's an amazing workhorse. Battery last a long time. Built like a tank and made in the US!
Mark Santa Fe, NM
January 15, 2019 Columbia
Not many options available for wheel pant aircraft
Glad I found Minimax. Tug works great and they seem to be the only mfg. making one specific to my TTX.
December 29, 2018 Diamond DA20
Moves my DA20 effortlessly. Towed 200 yards and still had battery left. Recommend.
P. Fitz Merritt Island, FL
June 11, 2018 Diamond DA40/50
DA-40 tug -- Broke - 3rd use
From Minimax Sales Team:So sorry! We make every effort to respond to all emails. We will ship you two new pins immediately.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------On third time of use - left wheel cotter-hinge-pin broke.Sent e mail to Mini MAx for part.No response - as usual after a sale.At Home Depot for similar part.Oh well.
Danny Ellis Pocahontas, AR United States
September 5, 2016 Diamond DA40/50
Diamond DA40/50 Tug
I recently had some problems with the transmission on my 3 year old tug that was covered by the lifetime warranty. They replaced the transmission free of charge and it is working like a charm! Thanks Minimax!
June 6, 2013 Diamond DA40/50
can't believe the power! Get out of the way. My castering nose wheel makes it kind of hard to steer in a turn. Took some practice but now its easy to turn.Would recommend to anyone without hesitation.
Bruce J. Henderson, Ky
June 6, 2013 Diamond DA40/50
I have to cross four 1/4" thick by 1" high steel door tracks spaced 6" apart. This bad boy crossed them at 90 degrees full of fuel!Had to use speed 1 on the drill as 2 and 3 just stopped. Their designer told me that was the nature of liIon batteries when too much load was demanded. Has not happened in speed 1 which is plenty fast anyway. Speed 2 and 3 work fine on the ramp.Only complaint is that it is soimewhat hard to steer with this castering nosegear.
Barrett Clisby Oxford, MS United States
December 17, 2012 Glasair
Glasair III Happy Camper
This is a great product for the Glasair III. It is well made and works like a champ. The Minimax effortlessly pulls and pushes the plane into and out of the hanger as advertised. The customer support is without peer. With every use I continue to be a Happy Camper.Barrett Clisby
Liz B. Clarksville, MD
March 31, 2013 Grumman
Made in the USA!
Works perfectly moving my Tiger. I called the Co. before purchasing and was given the complete run down on it by the designer. He was very knowlegable. I was later told by their staff he designed all the tugs :) Icing on the cake.....they are made in the good old USA!
Ray S. Schenectady, NY
May 11, 2019 Grumman
Made in the USA!
Jerry St Simons Island, GA
April 28, 2016 Mooney- All Models
Quality Product and Great Customer Servie
Have had my eye on this product for a few years and it finally made it to the top of my wish list. Easy to assemble and quality construction. The first drive head I received some awful noises in the gear box. MiniMax acknowledged they had been having some issues and immediately shipped another drive head and return label for the original. This next drive head is quiet and it drives my Mooney exactly as the video shows. Thank you for a quality product and standing behind your product.
R. Schwartz Fargo, ND
November 2, 2014 Mooney- All Models
Great piece of engineering!
I got the tug today and had it all screwed together in just a couple minutes. What a great piece of engineering! I look forward to giving it a tryout after the battery is all charged up.Thanks for your help!
January 18, 2014 Mooney- All Models
I'm a slim gal with a new hangar. Of course it had to have an up-hill grade into it. Impossible for me to move it by myself.Another pilot had a Minimax for his Bonanza. He raved about it. I bought one for my Mooney.Without doubt the best money I have spent on myplane. Push down and it moves my plane without any trouble at all into my hangar.
Don Trizzino New Philadelphia, OH United States
March 25, 2013 Mooney- All Models
great concept, had trouble with the first one and called for help, was sent a new re-designed one that works wonderful. These people are as good as their word!! Highly recommend it, put me on your happy camper list! Don
Anonymous Person Michigan
August 18, 2015 Piper Arrow/Lance/Saratoga
Great Product For Short Moves
The Minimax Tug is absolutely great if you plan on moving your aircraft short distances- hangar to taxi area...my intention was to tug it to/from hangar/fuel pump- maybe 500' away...a single battery just doesn't have the capacity to accomplish long tugs. If I were simply towing 30' at a time several times over- perfect for the job.
Robt C Ayers Vilas, NC United States
December 20, 2013 Piper Arrow/Lance/Saratoga
Saratoga IITC tug works great
Great product and excellent product support. My aircraft is heavy at about 3200# with full fuel and this unit with the heavy duty Milwaukee 28V motor and snow tires moves it well.
Mark S. Silver Springs, AR
November 6, 2013 Piper Arrow/Lance/Saratoga
Best solution out there for moving my Saratoga. Talked to the Co. before I bought and they was very helpful in making sure i got the right power source for my hangar area.Works great!
James Worth VA.
June 6, 2013 Piper Arrow/Lance/Saratoga
Great tool. been waiting for this to come to market for almost a year. Worth the wait! Powerful! Customer service is second to none.
Danielle NC, United States
December 22, 2017 Piper (wheel pants)
Very well made. Everything I could ask for. Great shipping.
Chris Hayden Cape Elizabeth, Maine
June 21, 2015 Piper (wheel pants)
That Was Easy!!
Pipers are a pain to move with the supplied tow bar. I have a slight uphill slope and a tight fit which has required two people to put my plane back in the hangar. Now with my Minimax, I can do it alone and with ease. It is an amazing little machine.
Chris DeYoung Tucson, AZ United States
October 28, 2014 Piper (wheel pants)
Very good tug, affordable, great customer service
I'm very happy with this tug, and recommend it without reservation. My Cherokee-235 holds 84 gallons of fuel, and when it's full it's heavy enough to make pushing it up the slight incline into my hangar by myself a bit dicey, and this tug is a perfect and affordable solution (and it works every bit as well as I hoped). The other tug I was looking at cost twice as much and was twice as heavy.One cautionary note - DO NOT let the tires get low. If you do the tire will slip on the rim when under load, damaging the valve stem and causing the tire to go completely flat and stay that way. To be fair, the instructions do say very clearly it is important to keep the tire pressure up, so this was entirely my own fault. Customer service was excellent throughout while getting it fixed. They even sent me an extra set of bolts in case I hadn't kept track of the originals (I had, but it's a nice touch).All in all, I can recommend both the product and the company without reservation.
Howard Williams Cypress, TX United States
July 8, 2013 Piper (wheel pants)
Easy to Assemble and Operate
The product comes in two boxes and takes about 30-45 minutes to assemble. I purchased the corded drill version and it tows my Archer in and out of the hanger, which has a 6" incline, with ease. Don't forget the bolt on the bottom shaft just below the clamp. This prevents the drill from torqueing the drill and shaft. Great product and great customer service.
September 30, 2012 Piper (wheel pants)
Talk about easy to operate. Pull on the knob, position tug, let go of knob, tow plane.
James W. Seattle, WA area
Mar, 30 2019 Robinson Helicopter
Tow is well engineered and constructed. Tows my R44 effortlessly. The new remote control mechanism is at an exceptional price point of $140. Combined with the mirror no need to bend over at all to attach to tow pin. Happy customer.
William H Washington state
December 24, 2017 Robinson Helicopter
This tow is the perfect fit to move my R44. Price point is exceptional. Customer service was very,very helpful with pre-purchase questions and post purchase when I had a few assembly questions.
February 10, 2016 Robinson Helicopter
Minimax does it again!
This Co. never sits on their hands! This tow is one of the coolest things I have bought for my collection of birds in some time. Just works great! Thanks!
Ted T. MI
February 10, 2016 Robinson Helicopter
You are always coming up with a great very cost effective product.
Jeff patton Idaho
September 25, 2015 Rockwell Commander 112,114
Been talking to Co. for two years about this. They finally brought it to market! awesome! Moves my 114 without any trouble at all. Simple to attach to gear.Go to the COG link for a 10% discount on purchase.
William Ramsey Huntersville, NC
June 11, 2018 Socata TB20, TB21 Trinidad
Very nice design - but needs more power
From Minimax Sales Team: Have you gotten the airport to lay asphalt to eliminate the 1-1/2 inch high door curb? Ramps are another option.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I had high expectations for this electric tug. I read the reviews and have great respect for the late Louis H of Pasadena, CA so I figured if Louis was satisfied then this electric tug would be good for me. My aircraft hangar floor is concrete and there's a 1.5" lip between the exterior asphalt and the hangar floor. Before I purchased this tug I'd get a running start, just me alone, and literally bounce the aircraft over the 1.5" concrete lip into the hangar. I'm 65 years old and pushing the 2,400 pound plane up a 2 percent grade and over a 1.5" lip into my hangar is strenuous and is taking a toll on my aged body. I thought this Mini Tug would be a solution to all my aging woes. To my disappointment, the Mini Tug will not push my aircraft over the 1.5" hangar concrete lip, even with my assist, which was the primary reason I purchased the Tug. Sadly, my brand new Mini Tug is now collecting dust.
Anonymous Person Morristown, New Jersey
March 14, 2017 Socata TB20, TB21 Trinidad
Minimax Tug for Socata Trinidad TB-20
I bought one prior to buying my Trindad. Its about $500 cheaper than the competitor. I have used it for about 1/2 year and I must say that it works great. The only issue is that when it reaches the lip of the hanger, I need to push a bit on the prop, but that is expected and in any event, no problem. Thanks.
Louis H Pasadena, CA
November 1, 2016 Socata TB20, TB21 Trinidad
Socata TB20/21 Tug
I purchased the Socata TB20/21 battery electric tow bar from MiniMax Tugs. The design of this tug is quite elegant: it hooks directly onto the tow bar attachment point with a pin, without any mechanical clutter. It is based on the powerful 28-volt Milwaukee Li battery and drill motor. The friction between the nose-gear tire and the roller of the tug is variable based on need: need more friction, push down more on the tow bar or vice versa. I asked for a 10-millimeter pin to have a wobble-free mating to the 10-mm hole on the nose gear and they did it in a few days. They ship in a few days. The company communicates well (Greg, their design engineer), their price point is good, and de device works well. I think it is a particularly clever design: simple and efficient. Their home pages are detailed and provide good applications guidance.
Jeff Virginia USA
September 2, 2016 Socata TB20, TB21 Trinidad
Could not be happier with this device. Powerful! Great design.
Steve Washington St
June 27, 2017 Tail Dragger
Brushless DeWalt drill motor
I just updated by tail wheel tug with the new brushless Dewalt and it made a huge difference, significantly improved power over the previous Dewalt
Gilbert Pierce Germantown, TN United States
August 4, 2013 Tail Dragger
I use this tug on grass and up hill and also up a ramp. It is equipped with the snow tires. Even when muddy it does a great job. As a previous reviewer mentioned, set your tail wheel low in the cradle and practice. A little practice gets you the hang of maneuvering the airplane. It makes moving my airplane much much easier.
Mark J.MD United States
July 21, 2013 Tail Dragger
Set tire low in cradle.
I was told that practice makes perfect using this tug. Definitely true. I was fighting the tug instead of letting it do the work. I set the tire low in the cradle to keep it from swiveling. That I think was the key.
April 21, 2013 Tail Dragger
Moves my RV-6 on any surface. Ordered one from Sun n Fun with the tractor tires. Moved my plane 500ft. on grass and still had battery left! Great Co.!
S. Gray WA
April 11, 2019 Tail Dragger
Basic tail dragger tug
Because of a lot of reasons we don’t need to get into today was the first day the tug really got some use. It’s right on. Works perfectly. And easy to use. I did use it on the slowest setting because I’m new to it. I was concerned about turning but that proved to not be an issue. It works like a tow bar but I don’t have to put in any effort to the get the job done. Great product. But one comment: I ordered a second battery and don’t think that is needed. One battery seems to be all anyone would need for normal ops. It’s hard to believe that something this simple does such a great job.
The Asole Lyndonville, VT United States
September 24, 2013 Van's RV6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, 12
Works exactly as advertised. I'm not the sharpest tack in the box as to design and operation of tools, but even I could operate it easily. Powerful too. Excellent cust. serv.
Curt M. AL
June 6, 2013 Van's RV6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, 12
Moves my RV9A effortlesly. Easy hook-up. Moves it on our turf runway also.Happy camper!
January 13, 2019 Vans RV10, 14A
Excellent product and exceptional CS.
William Schmidt Nashville, TN
May 26, 2014 Vans RV10, 14A
Bought this tug from Sun and Fun in April. I have to say it works like a dream. Their sales rep explained all the pros and cons and was not pushy at all. I knew my grade into the hangar was around 3% and was advised to buy the Milwaukee 28v power system. Power to spare! It is a great tool and performs exactly as I was told it would.Thank you.
Mat Wildeman NSW, Australia
November 26, 2015 Yak 52,52W
Moves my YAK52 with ease and is easy to steer. Have to replace a pin in the nose gear assm., but other than that ready to run out of the box. It is a little on the heavy side, but built like a tank!Very pleased and pleased with CS!
March 15, 2019 Wheel Weights
Now have traction on a very slick cement floor.