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How do I know when to change the props?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Matt Gray, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. Matt Gray

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    This my sound like a silly question, but how do I know when to change the props? Is there something particular I should be looking for in terms of wear and tear or is there a recommended number of hours etc?
     
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    As long as you don't strike anything they'll last nearly forever.

    Once they have been scuffed or chipped then they should be replaced.

    My P2 props are original, 1 year old, with 100-125 flights.

    P3 prop hubs may also be subject to wear from remove/attach cycles so monitor the feel and fit of the hubs.
     
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  3. Otis

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    It's not silly. You'll see why they gave you extras when you hit your first tree. I just crashed into a tree for the first time the other day. Props continued to spin fast (Phantom trying to right itself) and I smelled wood burning as I approached it. One prop only had both ends essentially burned off from friction. If you don't crash like I did you're good with your initial propellers until they break from obvious damage.
     
  4. msinger

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    I always flex my props a bit before installing them so I can check for hairline cracks around the hubs. Other than that, you should not have to change them unless you crash and/or the props strike something.
     
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    Scuffed, chipped, dirt & grass stained, all eat the battery time up. You can hear a bad prop while launching. They generally are louder. Last year when I was less fortunate with making my props last as long as possible, I would use a green 3M pad to get the props really smooth so that they had the least resistance as possible. Just when I got everything in the most perfect condition, I had a fly-away and never saw it again. I thought well hell...**** quad is about like my kid. Do a great job of raising her up and send her off to college and never see her anymore, or as much. :)
     
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    They should last forever if you use the proper Prop Wash.
     
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    Unless you smash a bumblebee during flight ....
     
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    Prop wash? What's that?
     
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    White toothpaste and a toothbrush will remove most grass and dirt stains. Works surprising well.
     
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    If you stock at least 1000ft of flight line, you won't have any problems.... go ask the lead maintainer for it, he has plenty...
     
  14. Matt Gray

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    Flight line is only any good if you have a Long Weight on the end of it. Have you ever found anywhere that sells those?
     
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    Your local supply shop will have a perfect Long Weight... ask whoever is in charge for it... they will provide exactly what you are looking for.
     
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    What about balancing them?
    I have just ordered some spindles on ebay with left & right threads (made for the Phantom).