Wheel recommendation?

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Wheel recommendation?

Postby orchardair » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:25 pm

The Hatz Classic plans only vaguely specify Cleveland brakes, but no specific make for wheels.
I was looking at Matco wheels and brakes, for their lower cost, and was wondering if anyone has had success with this model?
http://www.matcomfg.com/WHLW600S6006150bearingSingleCaliper-idv-3912-4.html
Hatz Classic plans# 136
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Re: Wheel recommendation?

Postby HC85 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:07 am

Hi Jeff, I briefly looked at the Matco stuff too and decided to go with a Grove 6" wheel and brake kit......that is until an aircraft on the field where I am at suddenly became a donor aircraft, by running into a light post and propane tank.....by no fault of it's own. It's un-qualified pilot forgot how to work the throttle and where the brake pedals were. Now, I will have the Cleveland's.

The internal caliper design of the Matco was worrying me....didn't know how the set up would shake out on the plane. But, I worry about everything.
( lack of imagination I guess) Sorry no help there.

Best of luck!

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