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How much do you tighten your props?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by MedinaTaylor, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. MedinaTaylor

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    How far do you turn your props to tighten them?

    The manual says "... and tighten by hand to lock them in position."

    I've heard people say they give it a half turn after resistance, others say an eighth of a turn.
     
  2. msinger

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    I spin the prop on until it stops spinning. And, then I turn it about 1/8 of a turn. I wouldn't attempt a 1/2 turn. I would think that would put unnecessary stress on the plastic hubs.
     
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  3. jimerb

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    Same here. Firm tighten but not too tight.
     
  4. With The Birds

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    Spin them on and a gentle snug up. They come down from a flight a lot tighter than they go on.
     
  5. SouthernPhantom

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    I agree with the 1/8 turn after each prop stops spinning. It's just a slight tightening motion. They are self-tightening as the motors start.
     
  6. dgd3

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    Spin'em on, light hand tight (no wrench)
     
  7. exit 4

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    If you need a wrench for either way you have them way to tight. Agree with the crowd here.
     
  8. t2adze

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    Use wrench only for untightening them after the flight.
     
  9. Mark The Droner

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    Props like these were originally billed as self-tightening meaning there was no need to tighten them as demonstrated in the below video. Skip ahead to 10:15:



    However, it was discovered that on rare occasions, a prop would fly off due to an abrupt variance in the speed of one of the motors. Nowadays, it's recommended you hand-tighten just a bit. So just a bit is all I tighten.
     
  10. ukglyn

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    I much preferred the props on my P2, they would literally spin until they were tight. My P3 props are rubbish in comparison as they feel like they are cutting a new thread into the plastic hub of the prop every time, they will spin about half a turn then bind, so I have to manually turn them until a snug tightness.
     
  11. Shush_ya_mush

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    I never tighten mine, just spin them until they stop then away, as said above they are self tightening.


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  12. rmfa

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    This is ok with P2 but not with P3. Be careful. I wouldn't recommend doing this per the manual and many reports of props flying off during aggressive active braking.
     
  13. Leenanj

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    Screw them on and when you reach the end of travel put the wrench on and give them one last firm tug.
    No your own strength, there only plastic.

    Just like the lug nuts on my auto, It's one less thing I have to worry about when flying is that the props are going to fly off.
     
  14. m0j0

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    Spin it down when it stops i push it about 2 additional inches or so.