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#1 rcmaverick Jan 08, 2013 03:18 PM

Where to buy good quality rubber bands?
 
I am not sure why long lasting rubber bands are so hard to get. I have had problems with PZ rubber bands on slo-v and now with iCanFly.

The generic rubber bands don't last very long, crack easily and can be very unreliable.

#2 BigIron357 Jan 08, 2013 03:29 PM

I get mine from Office Depot and they seem to last quite well.

#3 chucksolo69 Jan 08, 2013 03:35 PM

I use the PZ rubberbands on my Super Cub and Ares Gamma 370 Pro. I change them out every 3rd trip to the field. At .99 cents a bag for 6 bands, I just buy a few bags at a time.

#4 aurorae Jan 08, 2013 03:48 PM

Office Max for me, just because they are close to where I live.

#5 Rodney Jan 08, 2013 03:58 PM

Those bands you get at the local stationary store (Staples, Office Max, etc.) are usually very poor quality. It is hard to beat Sig Products which are usually available at most hobby shops:very superior to those from the office supply sources.

#6 solentlife Jan 08, 2013 04:19 PM

I buy "Ben Buckle" wing bands of Ebay .... which are same as I used back in 1980's and they laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast and laaaaaaaaaaaaaaast !

I have bands over a year old and STILL in tip-top condition. You may pay a bit more - but life of them is so long that price per life is amazing value. AND that's with fuel planes as well.

Ben Buckle ... a famous name in Model Flying for generations.....

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Ben-Buckles...p2047675.l2563

Nigel

#7 dedStik Jan 08, 2013 04:23 PM

#64's from office supply stores or from a LHS, they are around $4 a box. Change them often and you won't have issues.

Rubber bands degrade they tend not to handle uv well this may be part of the reason you are having little to no luck with them.

Also don't leave them on a plane for an extended period of time. If they are stretched out in their application they will lose their resilience and not hold as well when needed.

#8 solentlife Jan 08, 2013 04:37 PM

For those swaaping out bands every 2 - 3 sessions ... I can only say the bands used must be rubbish !

I've been model flying for over 40yrs and never changed out bands that often ... but then of course I use bands designed for the job ...

UV is only an issue if you leave out in the sun ... given that we usually stow our models away inside a shed / garage / room ... and the bands in our flight box etc. - the only UV they get is when actually on the flight line.
Use of proper bands such as I use are much more UV resistant anyway ... the problem with 'Office stores' bands are most are not real rubber but compounds just not designed or intended for this sort of work.... and certainly not for outdoor use.

A good example is my Skymaster Bipe ... the tail wheel is connected to rudder by a rubber band. If I use 'Office stores' bands .... I have to change so often ... it's ridiculous But if I use a small Ben Buckle band ... theh it's there for months in fact a whole seasons use.... and she's a gasoline powered model. So much for the cheap easy to buy 'Office stores' bands.

Nigel

#9 ChillPhatCat Jan 08, 2013 05:22 PM

I always buy a big bag of 64's from Staples and never have a problem... I use a new set every flying session and put the used ones in another bag, when I run out I just use them again. With nitro planes I wash the used bands with dish soap to get the oil off and bingo bango! they're like new. I find that I only ever have to buy rubber bands once a year, and for $2 per bag, I cannot be convinced that I need "high quality" rubber.

I also use the 2 bands + 2 per lb rule however, so a 5 lb trainer gets 12 rubber bands... plenty of redundancy if one happens to snap.

Also, when I put the used ones back into service, I pull them about 14 inches to make sure they don't snap... you always find a few.

#10 Fravits Jan 08, 2013 05:24 PM

Whatever you do, stay away from bands from Harbor Freight. I bought a bag of them, just for general utility, not for flying. I did use them to assemble a sailplane, just so I could put it up on the rack, about seven feet off the floor. It wasn't very long before I came out to the garage to find the fuselage on the floor and the stab and rudder in many little pieces. The wing and remains of the bands were still on the rack. I now need a whole new tail, which isn't that big of a thing to build, but rather frustrating. That whole bag of bands went to the wife for doing stationary stuff. Can't do much damage there.

#11 solentlife Jan 08, 2013 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by ChillPhatCat (Post 23754029)
I always buy a big bag of 64's from Staples and never have a problem... I use a new set every flying session and put the used ones in another bag, when I run out I just use them again. With nitro planes I wash the used bands with dish soap to get the oil off and bingo bango! they're like new. I find that I only ever have to buy rubber bands once a year, and for $2 per bag, I cannot be convinced that I need "high quality" rubber.

I also use the 2 bands + 2 per lb rule however, so a 5 lb trainer gets 12 rubber bands... plenty of redundancy if one happens to snap.

Also, when I put the used ones back into service, I pull them about 14 inches to make sure they don't snap... you always find a few.

After washing or use (clean of course !) ... throw a little talcum powder or Chalk dust in the bag as well ... takes up any moisture and stops that sticky band you get when bands are wrapped up in plastic bags ...

Nigel

#12 ChillPhatCat Jan 08, 2013 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 23754660)
After washing or use (clean of course !) ... throw a little talcum powder or Chalk dust in the bag as well ... takes up any moisture and stops that sticky band you get when bands are wrapped up in plastic bags ...

Nigel

Excellent suggestion. It's been a few years since any of my fuel planes have been off the ground but I'm hoping this year is the year I get them running again. :cool:

#13 RcAirplaneNoob Jan 08, 2013 07:58 PM

Staples

#14 pathfinder Jan 08, 2013 09:01 PM

The rubber powered free flight airplane guys know where the real rubber bands are.

#15 azflyingguy Jan 08, 2013 09:05 PM

Glow fuel slim is harsh on rubber bands. Oh wait never mind


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