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Old 09-28-2010, 06:33 AM   #1
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Tow Bar

My present tow bar (blackhawk) is quite old and in need of an overhaul. One of the arms does pullout and locks into place. I am not sure whether or not an overhaul is the answer. Therefore, I am looking into getting a new bar. Which is better, Blue-OX or the Blackhawk.
I would appreciate any comments you may have.


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Old 09-28-2010, 06:58 AM   #2
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In my opinion, Blue-Ox is better. However, before you go to the expense, and it will be considerable to change the base plate or adapt it, try contacting the mfg of Blackhawk to see what they charge for overhauling. Blue-Ox does it for $95 plus parts. My Blue-Ox had the same problem as your Blackhawk. I had a local hydraulic shop do it for $70 and there was no shipping cost involved.


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Old 09-28-2010, 07:24 AM   #3
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:53 AM   #4
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Can not comment on the Blackhawk as I don't have one

Do have a Blue Ox.. very happy (Save for one minor issue.. I currently have nothing to hook the other end of it to.. But that's not the tow bar's fault (sad grin) )
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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Quality wise I dont think there is any difference, both are good products.
Before you decide to trash the Blackhawk try this. Remove the square black plugs in the end and give the inside a thorough cleaning. I would bet its full of rust and grit. there is a channel on the inside, that you will want to pay particular attention to. After a good cleaning lube with an anti-seez type lubricant. Put the end plugs back in and I think you will be good to go. It's easy to do and a whole lot cheaper than a new towbar.
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i just bought the blue ox aventa and love it for under 500 too ! sweet hook up see in my avatar !

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