How to Tie the Axle Hitch
In this short video I will demonstrate how to tie the Axle Hitch. I am not sure when I last saw a vehicle with an axle, as I think they are all now with independent suspension. However, there is no reason why the axle hitch cannot be tied in the same way on 2 uprights.
Simple Tow Rope with the Axle Hitch
Not only does the axle hitch make an excellent simple tow-rope, but I have also seen it being used to pull pallets from the front of the truck trailer to the rear, in order for a forklift to remove the pallets and lower it to the floor. In a demonstration that I saw, the forklift truck was not at the same level as the trailer bed.
In Ashley’s Book of Knots it shows the final knot as a bowline, he also goes on to suggest that the Midshipman’s Hitch would also be a suitable knot. I personally like the idea of using the Imitation Slipped Bowline, as it is easy to tie and even quicker to untie.
How to Tie the Axle Hitch Video
In this video, you will be guided through the process of tying the Axle Hitch. You will also see the ends being tied off with a Bowline. However, you may have your favourite knot that you want to use. If I was using this just for short hauls, I would probably tie the Imitation Slipped Bowline, as it is quick to tie and untie.