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#11401661 - 02/08/16 08:05 PM Trolling motor replacement prop.
Txmedic033 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 3656
Loc: Longview, Tx
I just acquired a new to me Xi5 105 lb 36 volt trolling motor and the existing prop is pretty chewed up. I'm not sure if I want to replace it with another Safari 2-Blade or try a 3-Blade Metal Machete instead. What would be the benefit from going with a 3 blade vs a 2 blade? Other than the better durability of the aluminum prop, I don't know what else I could benefit from the extra blade.

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#11401685 - 02/08/16 08:18 PM Re: Trolling motor replacement prop. [Re: Txmedic033]
kennerdude Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/21/15
Posts: 832
Loc: Lone Star State of Mind
I'm curious as well.

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#11404729 - 02/10/16 06:42 AM Re: Trolling motor replacement prop. [Re: Txmedic033]
Tommie Offline
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 899
Loc: Longview, Tx
General "rules of thumb" for props -

If you want the MOST SPEED possible you run a 2 blade

Best all round "average" performance - 3 blade

Best "out of the hole", "lower rpm plaining" and "smoothest running" - 4 blade or 5 blade

Each boat/motor combo needs to be fitted with a prop that is best suited to how the owner or operator will use the boat.

An electric trolling motor was never designed to produce speed (as it's primary reason for existance), but if you use it to poke around on weedless flats a 3 blade prop would work well. However, if you are in a very weedy environment a 2 blade will catch less grass and tends to "self clear" a little easier - and when you want to go fast, hoist out the electric and fire up the gas outboard smile
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#11404745 - 02/10/16 06:49 AM Re: Trolling motor replacement prop. [Re: Tommie]
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 16275
Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
Originally Posted By: Tommie
General "rules of thumb" for props -

If you want the MOST SPEED possible you run a 2 blade

Best all round "average" performance - 3 blade

Best "out of the hole", "lower rpm plaining" and "smoothest running" - 4 blade or 5 blade

Each boat/motor combo needs to be fitted with a prop that is best suited to how the owner or operator will use the boat.

An electric trolling motor was never designed to produce speed (as it's primary reason for existance), but if you use it to poke around on weedless flats a 3 blade prop would work well. However, if you are in a very weedy environment a 2 blade will catch less grass and tends to "self clear" a little easier - and when you want to go fast, hoist out the electric and fire up the gas outboard smile


I've got a three blade chopper on my trolling motor.... gets me on plane quick!

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#11406045 - 02/10/16 04:56 PM Re: Trolling motor replacement prop. [Re: Txmedic033]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1626
Loc: Allen, TX
I have one of the three bladed metal props and besides being more durable I think it cuts weeds better than a plastic prop. I also purchased one of the metal eliminator nose cones as I did get a high pitched sound from the metal prop at just the right speed. Metal nose cone eliminated that.

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#11406408 - 02/10/16 08:00 PM Re: Trolling motor replacement prop. [Re: Txmedic033]
kennerdude Offline
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Registered: 02/21/15
Posts: 832
Loc: Lone Star State of Mind
Thanks for the information.

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