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Old 08-20-2015, 04:25 PM
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I'm attempting to mount a replacement Elecrifly .10 motor into a Vista sail plane and need to cut the shaft that protrudes towards the rear of the of the motor into the battery compartment. Space is at a premium. Is this an acceptable process.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:44 AM
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Likely as not you'll need to use a Dremel and an abrasive cut off disc. The steel powder that is produced will try to enter the motor and you MUST prevent that from happening. It'll gum up the motor if you don't. My suggestion is to wrap the motor fully in masking tape. Likely two layers. Leave NOTHING open or exposed other than the stub of shafting. Then after you cut the shaft don't just tear off the tape right away. Instead use more tape to lift away the steel particles first. Use duct tape if you have to for the added stickiness. But be sure the masking tape is 100% clean of any attracted steel dust before you tear off the masking tape.

If it doesn't stick too far back into the model what about simply drilling a clearance hole for the shaft to extend back into the model behind the mounting plate? That would be a lot easier and it preserves the shaft for the next use.
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