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How long do your props last?

Old 11-14-2007, 10:02 PM
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Hey Guys,

Quick question...

How many flights do you get on a prop? Please include whether you use wood or plastic and whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or pro.
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I usually break two or three per model. Material doesn't matter. Sometimes thousands of touch and go landings over hundreds of flight. 37 years of RC, with another 6 years of control line before that.
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G'Day Mate,
I usually get hundreds of flights, unless something fails, I use APC props, & have been flying for 26 years.
I still have the original 10x4 Taipan prop, on an OS 25FSR, on my first trainer, I built it in 1981.
I last flew it in 2003.
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Howdy , been flying neary 3 years, broke a couple learning to fly ,havnt broken any since. Must be the perfect landings or bloody strong props ( apc ) .
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I use a several types of props and I find the nylon props are more forgiving if the hit something compared to wood but I haven't broken a prop in years. I do however check them for nicks and cracks as well as their balance just for safety.
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Unless I have "an unschedualed landing" I haven't broken a prop since I was learning how to fly. 99% of the props I use are APC. I do have a couple of Midwest props for use on my SIG Rascal (the plane "floats" down the runway at 6" off the ground with an APC 11x6 prop. With a Midwest 11x6 I can actually land the plane without haveing to kill the engine. )
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Midwest prop?
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I'm a beginner at landings and possibly early intermediate at taking off and general flying.
I have a bad habit of dropping the nose on landings.
I probably break one or two per year.
When I first started trying to land I broke a prop every few flights.
I use mostly Master Airscrew glass filled nylon props (the ones everyone says are junk because they flex).
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Yep, I'm scratching my head too...<G>

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Maybe a better question is how often do you kill the engine with a prop strike on the turf or runway.
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I think the Master Airscrew props and the APC props last for ever. The wooden ones don't. The varnish wears off and they get wet and very flexible. They still work, but they loose effiecency.
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I simply refuse to admit that I broke two props on two landings in a row this week.
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Since I came back 3 years ago I've been flying APC props.
I got a 6 pack from tower 3 years ago and I still have a few left.. I use them on all 3 planes..
The Cloud Dancer has had the same one for ohh 40 flights?.. The Kid's Eagle has had the same one for 2 years..
I've been eating them on the Stick because the landing gear flexes to much and it's got short clearance. I think I broke 3 on that one this year..

The things will last forever if you don't make a mistake.
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I use wood props to protect my motors. Better to break a prop than bend a crankshaft. I have been at 28 years and still manage to break one or two per year for one reason or another.
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Hey Guys,

Quick question...

How many flights do you get on a prop? Please include whether you use wood or plastic and whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or pro.
6 to 100 depending on how badly I screw up the landing. I just broke one on my favorire sport plane that was three years old and had been on two other planes before that. Broke about everything else on that model at the same time. Other than that I don't think I've broken a prop in the last two years. (Just jinxed myself by saying that, no doubt.) I have the original 13X6 prop on my Contender and that is 5 years old. APC plastic on my glow and wood ProZingers on my gas (I use wood for hand-started engines - just a personal paranoia). No one ever paid ME to fly, so I'm not a pro . . . intermediate, I guess (6 yrs combined R/C, 5 years free flight before that and 3 yrs control line in there somewhere - but spread over 35 years or so. ( Long before that.)
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I flew my first R/C model in 1957, and before that I flew C/L and free flight. With my wooden props, I change them every year, as part of a maintenance schedule. I only own a few composite props, and I don't remember ever having to change one. I have some on planes that are teenagers, and are still regular flyers. I did crack a prop last year when using a chicken stick on a reluctant BGX. That probably does not count though.

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They break?

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Mine last until I use them for landing gear
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When I started flying I quickly discovered wood props were the most fragile, APC were more rugged, and Master Airscrew the most rugged. The APC props are much more rigid (very little flex), so that's what I fly on most of my planes now, but if you are just starting out, or if you have a belly-landed plane (i.e. no landing gear, like the combat planes) that get's dead-stick landed all the time, you're best getting Master Airscrew props. They will flex a little before they break, so they will take harder prop "bumps" during landings.
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When I break a prop,,,, the airplane is unusable,,
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I think Master Airscrew props are less likely to break because they can flex more
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Taildragger726,

You got me beat - I only have three...

N6894D, 1951 Cessna LC-126, - My "Big Iron"
N64603, 1942 Stearman N2S-3, - My toy
N704BH, 1976 Cessna 150, - My daily commuter

How do you like that Yale? I used to want a T-6 but now that avgas is $4+ per gallon, I stopped wanting.

Harvey

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