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Advanced Props, lifespan?

Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by royster, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. royster

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    I did a search & couldn't find any answers, maybe because there is no definitive answer, but,
    Is there a lifespan for props?
    Mine are clean, no chips & no visible damage of any kind, but, I;m thinking they're only plastic, revving full speed from liftoff to landing. I;m not sure Phantom 3's cruise RPM, - 3500-6500rpm?
    Will the plastic eventually fatigue or has DJI ever stated - You should change your props every---- ??
     
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  2. msinger

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    You should change your props as soon as they become visibly damaged. Assuming you inspect them carefully before each flight, you'll know when it's time to change them.
     
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    I use a fine thread that I drag across the blade. If I get a read with high differences in friction, or if you lack the tech, simply drag a nail softly down the blades edges or suspected impacts (99% it's bug blood) and feel. If you feel dents or jagged surface on more than a few millimeters of surface I usually polish very carefully with one very light stroke using very fine sandpaper - although I caution you: If you lack experience in using your touch, hands and intuition I would recommend buying prop's every time you need to ask, that's usually when you somehow feel like you're past due.

    I am not joking or trolling, this works for me. It does, however, not work the same way on the carbonplastered props.
     
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    when they snap on crashes.
     
  5. Slimbo

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    I found a cool option: Three blade props, balanced and engineered specifically for Phantom 3 series available for purchase in various stores. Anyone tried them?
     
  6. msinger

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    Unless the props are made by DJI, it's not a good idea to use them. Most 3rd party props do not perform well.
     
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    Don't do it!
    Every post I ever see that mentions them is a crash post...


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    +1 I've seen a handful of posts about the triple blades, they all ended badly.

    My blades are getting dirty and they've only ever hit air. Must be chopping up to many bugs....
     
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    If you seen any of my posts you know that a lot of my flights end up upside down in a field, if my props just chopped up dirt and grass and haven't been scraped on the concrete, I throw them in the dishwasher, And they come out looking and flying good as new
     
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    Only issue I see with my 1st set is cleaning the chopped bug remains off em, dishwasher, is a great tip!
     
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    100 flights is my best estimate for DJI OEM props without any interference from crashes or any other contact.
    What are the cost of new props again? $4.00 A pair! US? I say get a few extra!
    All major aircraft components have a timely and hourly usage end. Props are a major and primary component!
     
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  12. Nevada flyer

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    I clean mine with Plexus, a spray wax that keep the bug goo from sticking
     
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  14. Nevada flyer

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    Yes it is and it Pisses me off, it's gone up 30% in the couple of years however..... it has uv protection, adds no weight , increases fluid "slip" in the wind, in use it on my motorcycle windshield, boat windshield and gunnels,
    It not only cleans but keeps schmuck from sticking to the bird, I use it on the props and the body,,be sure to spray on rag to apply to main body as to not get in to air vents,
    Happy flying !!