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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pilotpeter, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. pilotpeter

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    I'm using the standard default props that came with the phantom 3 adv. Has anyone noticed a shelf life or a useful life of the props? Certainly being proactive on replacing them is the way to go before a failure of the prop. If there are no cracks or stress marks in the plastic are people replacing the props after so many hours or so many flights?
     
  2. msinger

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    There is no need to replace them if you notice no damage upon close inspection.
     
  3. N017RW

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    I have a set on my P2 that are nearly 2 years old, ~150+ flights.
     
  4. SouthernPhantom

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    I've had my P3P since last May, and I am still using the original props. When it was new, I bought an extra set, thinking along the same lines as your post. But the original props are still fine.
     
  5. PhantomPlanet

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    my original props were undamaged but had some bug guts on them from a tropical beach excursion. I noticed some jello after that. changed out to new props and all was good again.
     
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    ^^^
    Clean them & rebalance them .
     
  7. PhantomPlanet

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    I suppose I could but it's too late. I should have done that quickly because now they're pretty much baked on.
     
  8. Ramphex

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    $10 prop set > trying to balance props :oops:
     
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  9. johngussman

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    i am still using my original props, over 350 flights on them and they keep on ticking. I love the fact they are flexible. If they were stiff they would have broke off a long time ago.
     
  10. m0j0

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    I have notice that they are fairly well balanced out of the box. I have never had an issue with a prop. If you are removing them after flight I would be more concerned with thread wear than the balance of the props and unless you are tipping over or hitting things with the props I don't know why they would go bad. That said I inspect mine before every flight and pay attention to the ease at which the go on or come off.


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  11. Drone Wolf 69

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    Is it necessary to take off the propellers,.just to inspect the threads? I would think the more you take your propellers on & off,.the more stress would be subjected on the threads. I have a hard case that allows me to keep them on,.without bending them. Other than a visual inspection of the propellers blades,.I never check the threads. I would if I had any kind of collision. I also make sure their on tight,.by giving them just a little tweek by hand. Not sure if this is a good practice,.but it seems to me the more you take them on & off the more stress would be induced on those threads. Also every time you take them off & back on there is that slight risk of them coming off. If you did it right the first time & It's been working fine for many flights,.why risk it?
     
  12. msinger

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    Yes -- if you want to inspect them pre-flight. How else would you know if the threads are damaged and/or the hub is cracked on the inside? Either of those issues could cause a prop to become loose and fly off mid-flight.
     
  13. 750r

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    Not that hard to do . I had 2 out of 12 new props out (DJI brand) maybe that's a thing of the past but I like knowing my props are good ;)
     
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    I just can't see myself sticking tape onto the blade, too much OCD lol
     
  15. Phantom fool

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    Or sanding them. I'd get so ocd I'd probably sand them down to toothpicks

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  16. Ramphex

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    Lmao! Sanding would not happen here, last thing I want to do is compromise prop structure