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Old Jan 04, 2013, 08:13 PM
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Help!

How much does the feathering shaft need to be bent to necessitate replacement?


I am checking my Blade 450 for damage after a crash. When I checked the feathering shaft/spindle, it was moving a minute little bit. How much movement should it be before I replace it?
Thanks for your help!
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 09:20 PM
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Considering how much vibration you get from the pitch linkage being so much as half a twist off, i'd say, not a lot. The slightest movement would translate to big ones as it travels down the length of the blade.
Old Jan 04, 2013, 09:42 PM
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Yes, I know it's upside down.
They are so cheap, and replacement is a 5 minute job, so I always replace mine when they are bent. If it is bent only a very slight amount, I might keep flying on the day, but will always replace it when I get home. I like to have my heli's flying silky smooth. No matter how little it is bent, I am always pleasantly surpised how much better it flies with the new one.
Old Jan 04, 2013, 10:36 PM
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Not much , once you detect a variance [ bend in the shaft ] replace it ..

If the feathering shaft moves a lot , it can change pitch on you and put out your blade tracking .

????? $1 to fix ?????
Old Jan 05, 2013, 10:08 AM
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OK. Thanks guys!
Old Jan 05, 2013, 11:25 AM
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if it doesnt roll smoothly on a flat glass surface replace it
same test for the main shaft


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