andy wrote:.....The oleo gear is a little narrower than the spring aluminum but ground handling performance is very similar and the 6 foot width is the same as car/truck tracks for landing on rutted paths......
robw56 wrote:8.50's will not slow a plane down 15kts. I went from 8.00s to 26'' alaskan bushwheels plus bigger tailwheel and the change in speed was hardley noticeable.
andy wrote:After owning my 1986 Maule MX-7-180 (re-built in 2010) for about 14 years, here's my advice.
Get the fuel injected 235 (IO-540) if you can afford it. You lose some useful load but you gain a lot of short takeoff capability and it will perform better at high density altitude. Fuel burn is somewhat more than the 180 at the same airspeed (11-13 vs. 8-10), drag being equal.
vapilot wrote:I have been looking at Stinsons, but a Maule M4 220C has caught just caught my eye. I was hoping to get eyes on it this weekend, but unfortunately the owner was not available. Admittedly I know very little about them, but like you I have similar concerns, particularly the landing characteristics of the M4. Also, I don't have a complex sign-off and really don't know that much operating a constant speed prop. Nevertheless this is great information that everyone is providing!
hotrod150 wrote:andy wrote:.....The oleo gear is a little narrower than the spring aluminum but ground handling performance is very similar and the 6 foot width is the same as car/truck tracks for landing on rutted paths......
Hopefully it'll never be an issue for you, but too wide a stance on the gear is a bummer if you ever have to pull the wings off & trailer the airplane home after a mishap. had to do that with my olld 170 & while the mains fit on the trailer (barely), the airplane was so long that the t/w hung off the back-- had to block up the tailcone which made it iffy to secure without crushing something.. My current airplane (C150TD) or a Pacer would fit all three wheels right on the same trailer & so would be easy to lash down good & tight for transport.
I'd really like to get some time in a Maule and see if I could get comfortable in it before plunking down the cold hard cash!
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