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Old 04-02-2004, 08:10 AM
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Has anybody used the Taurus engines? I'm looking for a motor for my 30% CG Ultimate and since I believe Taurus is made locally, I thought I would give them a look.

I would appreciate any info any body could give.

Thanks,
Ken
Old 04-02-2004, 02:12 PM
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Taurus engines are one of the smoothest running engines you can buy, built very well, and very good power too. Hope this helps. I wouldnt hesitate to buy one.
Old 04-02-2004, 05:45 PM
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Thanks flyin,

I'll give them a look. I hope they have a 4.2 or slightly larger, that's what should work perfect for my application.

Ken
Old 04-02-2004, 06:03 PM
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Taurus engines aren't the strongest or lightest, but they are about the smoothest. They ARE very competative in weight and strength, so the entire package is very good. I would definitely buy another one..... In fact, I am certain I will be talking to BILL O at TOLDEO
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I'll have to compare the strength and weight since I already have a ZDZ 80 for my plane. I was just looking at Taurus because Bill is a local guy and I always want to give them every chance I can.
The bottom line is power to weight ratio and reliability is a must. I'm a guy who likes to fly, not necessarily tinker.
Thanks for the info, I would be seeing Bill at Toledo, if I could make it.

Ken
Old 04-02-2004, 06:56 PM
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The ZDZ80 (single) is probably the best engine in it's class for thrust to weight
Old 04-03-2004, 07:19 AM
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Thanks CAP,
I did the research and found that the ZDZ was probably the best engine for my Ultimate.
The only thing is I wasn't sure of is the reliability. And with this engine will I have to add any nose weight, as is typical of bi-planes. Those are still un-answered questions to be figured out very shortly.

Speaking of CAP'S, I also have a Hanger 9 27% Cap with a Saito 300 Twin sitting here ready to be assembled this spring also. I think it is going to be a good year!

Ken
Old 04-04-2004, 08:23 AM
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Taurus Engines is alive and well. They had a booth at Toledo. I spoke with Bill at length.

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Thanks Ben,
I had a couple of e-mail conversations with Bill recently. My biggest question was power to weight ratio and dependability. Ease of starting is also a very important part. Our club president was going to get me some info on Bills engines so I can make a comparison.

Ken
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The Taurus 3.2/52cc weighs in at 3lbs.-2ozs less the 3.4oz C&H Auto ignition.

Taurus's CNC radial engine mount weighs 2ozs.

Taurus Pitts style exhaust weighs 7.5ozs.

These are very powerful smooth running engines...
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:01 AM
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Thanks for the info on the 3.2, Mike.

Does Bill have a 4.2? I need an engine of that size for my 30% CG Ultimate. My plan is to fly this plane in IMAC this year. I might even use the Ultimate for Pattern instead of my Quest.

Thanks,
Ken
Old 04-04-2004, 03:58 PM
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Yes, a 4.2 is offered. I own two of the 3.7's which are essentially the same engine less the larger displacement cylinder assembly. I have a specification sheet here; I'll look around for it.

If I recall the weight of the 4.2 is around 4.5lbs.. A local friend has the 4.2 on a Lanier Edge. Another great running engine...
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The news on Taurus.....

I spoke with Bill Yesterday, and today for that matter, and this is what he had to say......

Due to circumstances that TAURUS had no control over (issues with the machine shop), things have went a little down hill. HOWEVER, everything is pretty well straightened out and close to be back to normal. He even stated that things are going to be better than before.

The issue with the machine shop seems to have been that the owner passed away and TAURUS engines had to make new arrangements that met their standards.

SEEMS THAT ALL IS GOOD AGAIN
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Thanks Cap and Mike,
I'll contact Bill again and get the info I need on his new direction. The reputation of his engines , as far as I know, has not been tarnished. I should have gone to Toledo to see him in person and discuss all of this.
Thanks for the help,

Ken
Old 04-05-2004, 07:28 PM
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I would suggest contacting Bill O. soon. He has an inventory of engines for the time being. He doesn't have any thing in production at this time so until he gets a new machinest what he has is all there is. Just an FYI.. BobH.
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BobH,

I'm going to do that. I need to make a decision soon. My Ultimate is going to be started soon, I have to make a decision NOW!

Ken
Old 04-06-2004, 10:11 PM
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Taurus was at Toledo. The rumors of Bill being dead are false, his partner died very suddenly and consequently left the entire operation in a bit of a bind. Bill is currently negotiating with several new machineing people to work out the new designs as well as improve some of the old ones if necessary.
Question I have is comparing Taurus to other engines, someone stated that Taurus is not as strong as some others. Can anyone elaborate a little more.
Strong as compared to what. They sure look healthy enough.
They were designed to have high torgue at lo R's to swing large wood.
Curious.
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Just to add what I said earlier. They also had a few Aerodrome Models 330lz's left. 80"w/s ARC out of Mexico.
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Question I have is comparing Taurus to other engines, someone stated that Taurus is not as strong as some others. Can anyone elaborate a little more.
Strong as compared to DA-- It really pains me to say that since I have always been the biggest cheerleader of Taurus. But the DA is a bit stronger--NOT AS SMOOTH--but a bit stronger. Comparing the TS 52 to the DA 50 with the same prop the DA has a 2-300 RPM advantage. With the bigger props the engines are the same. Either engine is a winner. Right now the two are neck and neck in the run for the perfect RC engine.
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I want to thank all of you for the info. I have decided on the TS72 for my application. All of your praise has sold me. It is time to get this bird in the air!

Ken
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You can't loose there! GOOD CHOICE!

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