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    Great thread Duke!! I now feel confident to bend my own prop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
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    Using the plate allows you to set the prop gauge down as you are bending. This saves a great amount of time back and forth doing each blade. The Solas removal tool keeps the prop from moving while you apply pressure downward. If it still moves you can hold it with a wrench on top.

    I was able to bend a stock DF 14-20 ( really 13-19) to 24 degrees like it was butter. The entire process only took about 10 minutes for all three blades!

    Also try to keep the transitional curve as smooth as possible. Mark each blade the same amount up or down that you want for your desired pitch. Some only picth the trailing edge 1" while others go as far as 2 1/2". Only use the bottom of the impeller as you guide with the gauge, this is the thrust side of the blade and it tapers from top to bottom over a degree as it reaches the tip.
    wrere is the starting point on the gauge when you mesure prop.

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    Start at the trailing edge and go 2 inches up. Spin the gauge until one of the pitch lines match up. Then do the leading edge and match it up

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    Got a question for the prop pros out there about pitching. Say I need to pitch my trailing edge 1 degree. So I go and bend it using one of my prop gauges no problem. But what if the blades arn't pitched 100% identical. What if one of the blades gets pitched 1.1 degree and the other two get pitched .90 degree. Wouldn't this throw off the entire drive shaft and create extra stress on the driveshaft, engine, and pump tunnel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeFZR View Post
    Got a question for the prop pros out there about pitching. Say I need to pitch my trailing edge 1 degree. So I go and bend it using one of my prop gauges no problem. But what if the blades arn't pitched 100% identical. What if one of the blades gets pitched 1.1 degree and the other two get pitched .90 degree. Wouldn't this throw off the entire drive shaft and create extra stress on the driveshaft, engine, and pump tunnel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeFZR View Post
    I don't think it will cause excess stress on the drivetrain but it won't perform to its best ability. Measuring a prop to a tenth of a degree is a little on the hard side with a clear plastic pitch gauge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadoolover View Post
    wrere is the starting point on the gauge when you mesure prop.
    Start at the outside bottom of the blade and try and find a line on the gauge that matches up closest to the last inch or so. For the leading start at the top outside and work your down an inch or so till you find a line thats close. Always measure the bottom of the blade not the top. I can show you the next time your over.

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    I picked up a huge 24'' crecent wrench at harbor freight to pitch my prop with. Thanks for the suggestion Duke
    Last edited by mikeFZR; 06-05-2011 at 12:52 PM.

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    Well I may try to pitch my own impeller. Looking at the pieces that were suggested, it looks like the impeller tool is different (picture above). How would I set everything up with this impeller removal tool? Sorry if this is a dumb question but I'm not the best at this type of thing.

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