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Old 01-25-2006, 08:00 PM
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Default The venerable Chicken Stick

I bought this guy in the fall of 1990, it is a Davis Diesel Jumbo Chicken Stick, I'm glad all those cuts are not on my fingers or hands. I have had at least two prop blades broken off by this thing when an engine kicked back, both by my Saito 1.50. I don't think it owes me anything anymore. I'm going to slide the covering off and swap it end for end to sort of rebuild it. A buck for each scar on it would be nice wouldn't it.
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Old 01-25-2006, 09:07 PM
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Few bucks for a Chicken stick or Hundred's for band aids and stitches... tough choice

I've never had an engine kick back so hard it slung a blade[X(] I have had my Chicken stick Slapped out of my hand more than once... I bet that would have Felt good right across the Knuckles


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Old 01-25-2006, 10:15 PM
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Several years ago I had a ST 3000 kick back and chop off a chicken stick. I was sure glad it was the chicken stick and not my finger that was chopped off!!!!

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Old 01-25-2006, 10:46 PM
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I was adjusting the timing sensor on one of my chainsaw conversions once, and I got the timing too hot. First time I flipped it----------- WHAMMHHOOOO!!

24-10 prop kicking back sure knocks the feeling outta yer fingers for about 5 minutes.

I use a gloved hand for the gassers and a chicken stick for the glow planes now. I bought a degree wheel from a motorcycle shop for my timing adventures. Haven't rapped a knuckle since.
Old 01-26-2006, 02:26 AM
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Default RE: The venerable Chicken Stick

This is why I start all my glow engines by back-flipping the prop...

This way, the prop will never kick-back; only 'kick-forward'.

And since this is exactly what you expect it to do, you don't grip the prop blade firmly enough, for the 'kick' to ever cause you any pain, or injury.


With a 'chicken-stick', flipping normally, a kick-back can jar the prop just loose enough, for you not to notice...
...And there is a good chance that it will be completely flung off in flight.

This is more likely to happen, with plastic back-plate spinners...

I have seen it happen more than once...
Old 01-26-2006, 02:37 AM
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This is why I start all my glow engines by back-flipping the prop...

This way, the prop will never kick-back; only 'kick-forward'.

And since this is exactly what you expect it to do, you don't grip the prop blade firmly enough, for the 'kick' to ever cause you any pain, or injury.


With a 'chicken-stick', flipping normally, a kick-back can jar the prop just loose enough, for you not to notice...
...And there is a good chance that it will be completely flung off in flight.

This is more likely to happen, with plastic back-plate spinners...

I have seen it happen more than once...

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I am embarrassed about how long it took me to figure out what you are saying, Dar. Back flipping is the only way to start an engine. And then I still use either the spinner/nut to twist it backwards, or I use a chicken stick. No fingers in the prop arc for this old man. Those days are gone.
Old 01-26-2006, 07:43 AM
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Default RE: The venerable Chicken Stick

I need to take a picture of the "rooster stick" our club president made for his scale gas warbirds.

Its a piece of PVC pipe with duct tape, and whatever else he could grab, wrapped around the end into a sort of bulbous mass.

It looks like one of those monster turkey legs you get at Disney World...
Old 01-26-2006, 08:20 AM
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I remember reading a "tip" in a model mag many years ago about putting a piece of garden hose (then rubber) on the end of a piece of broom handle (cut down to get the hose on). My first commercial one, which I still have, was a Tatone "Chicken Stick" that consists of a wooden handle (painted red for safety) with a piece of tough clear plastic tubing on the end.

Don't think these are only for large engines. The sharp TE on a 5"x4" APC with a 1/2A engine can cause a deep cut on your flippin' finger.

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Old 01-26-2006, 09:56 AM
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Ahh now come on guys almost all of you have the ultimate chicken stick right in your garage. I use the grip end of a golf club.. It is the only use I found for a golf club that was not frustrating.. Actually I went to the local pawn shop and bought a golf club for a couple dollars and cut the grip end off an threw the rest in the garbage....
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I use an electric chicken stick.
Old 01-26-2006, 10:06 PM
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Since the sharp TE of my APC prop has given me two nice 'reminders'[:@] as to what will happen. I will always use my new starter motor from now on.

See ya,
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:27 AM
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Ahh now come on guys almost all of you have the ultimate chicken stick right in your garage. I use the grip end of a golf club.. It is the only use I found for a golf club that was not frustrating.. Actually I went to the local pawn shop and bought a golf club for a couple dollars and cut the grip end off an threw the rest in the garbage....
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I tried that but the engine would not run...just putter...

(Groooan!)

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I use an electric chicken stick.

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More often than not, I do too.
Old 01-27-2006, 07:47 PM
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I use an electric chicken stick.
The funniest thing I ever saw was a guy flicking his prop with his electric starter
True story BTW.......
Old 01-27-2006, 08:10 PM
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ORIGINAL: downunder

ORIGINAL: Kmot
I use an electric chicken stick.
The funniest thing I ever saw was a guy flicking his prop with his electric starter
True story BTW.......
lol... I use my Sullivan starter to push the prop backwards on my four strokers so I get get a "run" at it in the correct direction on the starter.
Old 01-27-2006, 08:32 PM
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"Buk buk buk ba-GAWK!"

I use to be a chicken stick user. Made it myself, too... who would buy a chicken stick!

But after a while, I became a practitioner of the "backwards snap twist" on the spinner or prop nut. If it won't start that way, it gets the electric starter. The only time I've been cut is while turning a big four-stroke to prime it and accidentally ran a finger down the knife err... I mean APC prop.

Good flying,
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I use to be a chicken stick user. Made it myself, too... who would buy a chicken stick!
Hobbsy,

If your chicken stick really is worn out, don't buy another one. I'll mail you my full-size chicken stick plan set with three-views and complete bill of materials for $3.00 (PayPal). Or I can sell you the short kit for $5.00.

Let me know....

Good flying,
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:56 PM
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I'm just going to flip the outer sleeve end for end, maybe it will last another 15 years.
Old 01-29-2006, 01:46 AM
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Yep, "Chook" stick or electric starter. No finger flipping from this lad. Seen too many others damage themselves from finger starts, even with Cox .049's.
Old 01-29-2006, 02:04 AM
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In same size engine are small propeller worst, the engine starts quickly and i am using chicken stick.. i fingerflipping the engine with bigger propeller. Smaller propeller spin easier than bigger propeller...

Jens Eirik

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