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Question - going from stainless to aluminum #12587504
01/20/18 09:02 PM
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I will be captaining a high school team on Toledo Bend, next weekend, and I want to put on an aluminum prop because of all of the trees. Currently, I have a 4-blade stainless 13.75” with 23 pitch. The closest aluminum I could find to these dimensions is a 3-blade 13.75” with 21 pitch. Will that work or should I look for something different? Thanks


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Re: Question - going from stainless to aluminum [Re: TripletsFish] #12587532
01/20/18 09:39 PM
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I’d leave on what you’ve got.
Any aluminum is going to run like garbage. Bump a stump with stainless and you’re still going. Same bump with aluminum and you’re down.


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Re: Question - going from stainless to aluminum [Re: TripletsFish] #12587684
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Re: Question - going from stainless to aluminum [Re: TripletsFish] #12590446
01/22/18 07:44 PM
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I think the OP may have been more concerned about damage to his prop-shaft/lower unit. Is there any truth that prop-shaft/lower unit damage is less likely in case of a strike if an aluminum prop is used?


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Re: Question - going from stainless to aluminum [Re: BigDad] #12590946
01/23/18 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted By: BigDad
I think the OP may have been more concerned about damage to his prop-shaft/lower unit. Is there any truth that prop-shaft/lower unit damage is less likely in case of a strike if an aluminum prop is used?

I always heard that an aluminum prop will save the lower unit, because the blades will sheer off. Last April, on Palestine, I hit a stump with my 90hp and took off 2 of my 3. I put on my backup prop and was good to go.

I was just thinking about going aluminum for the weekend, then back to stainless on less stumpy lakes.


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Re: Question - going from stainless to aluminum [Re: TripletsFish] #12590991
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I guided on toledo, fished every stump hole in Texas. Never bent a prop shaft. The prop has a hub that should let go before it bends anything repeat *should*...

I wouldn't want to be caught on the wrong side of the lake if it gets nasty trying to negotiate big waves with a aluminum prop that can't hold water.


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Re: Question - going from stainless to aluminum [Re: TripletsFish] #12591117
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I bent a prop shaft once, backed into a submerged bolder. Funny thing it was an aluminum prop.


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