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Jan 23, 2006, 08:25 PM
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To Balance or Not to Balance

How many of you balance your props fpr electric planes?
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Jan 23, 2006, 08:27 PM
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I don't but I SHOULD.
Jan 23, 2006, 08:33 PM
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I balance all my props, it really does make a difference. They run smoother and the lack of vibration does not rob the motor of power. Try it you'll like it!
Jan 23, 2006, 08:37 PM
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I always balance bigger props, say 10" and up. The smaller props are hit and miss, mostly miss.
Jan 23, 2006, 08:39 PM
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Why yes of course.
Jan 23, 2006, 09:06 PM
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Jan 23, 2006, 09:09 PM
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Balance every one (well at least throw it on the balancer for a quick check) . Sometimes a prop will be close 'enough' .
Jan 23, 2006, 09:24 PM
Straight up is all I ask
Oh yeah I balance my props , but I know too many that don't. They are to cheap to buy a balancer They'll learn what vibration can do to an airplane the hard way .
Jan 24, 2006, 01:29 AM
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DEFINITELY! Well worth the time and energy. Think about how your car feels when it has a tire out of balance...........And that's usually just a tiny amount out.
I have had several APC E props that I actually had to toss they were so bad. Mainly the hubs were WAY off. Some of my 9x7.5 E props were horribly out of balance. Usually the 10-12" props are not too bad, but all need balancing at least a little.
Jan 24, 2006, 01:33 AM
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always...good to do while epoxy sets.
Jan 24, 2006, 04:30 AM
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I was told that balancing props would make me go blind, or was that something else...
Jan 24, 2006, 05:40 AM
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Been flying about 8 months now and this is the first I've heard about balancing props. I rarely use props above 9". Should I worry about it? Will it make a difference?

Anyone wanna explain how this is done?

Jan 24, 2006, 07:53 AM
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Been flying for 3 years and never have balanced. The argument about propeller shape vs. weight convinced me not to bother.
Jan 24, 2006, 11:58 AM
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APC E ... Mainly the hubs were WAY off.
Interesting, I've been using them right along with no problem. Yes, the front hole is usually (mostly ) off center but the 'centering' hole for the centering rings in the back has been dead on ....

Will it make a difference?
Of course. As stated above vibration robs you of power and of course any vibration has potential of shaking things loose or speeding up wear on components.

I don't bother balancing gunther type props, but all my APC props are balanced.
Jan 24, 2006, 01:02 PM
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At this point, I only fly with folders or GWS orange props.

Does anybody know how to balence either? My buddy has a magnetic prop ballencer, but it's shaft is too large for GWS props and I can't imagine how to ballence a folder on it.


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