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Hercules Wood Propeller for Sale

Eric_Anderson

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A little more detail about the prop is available here:

Biplane Fourm: "Hercules Propeller"

I had it made in September and tested for several hours in October. The prop is gorgeous and very nicely balanced. It comes with a nickel crushplate that fits inlaid into the hub. No other hardware is included. (In my case, existing spinner and bolts all worked fine) I've repacked the prop but if requested by a serious potential buyer I can unpack and photograph it. The prop has no scratches, nicks or blemishes. I loved the smoothness. However I think I needed about 10 more HP to put it in its sweet spot. See the link for static, climb and cruise RPMs compared to my 76-56 Sensenich metal prop. My engine is an older angle valve with about 1000 SMOH. Someone who favors cruise performance or who produces a tad more smash than a stock 180 might make this prop a nice match.

*Wood prop with black lacquer finish

*Weight unknown but certainly well under half the weight of metal
*75" diameter/ 59" pitch
*"Hercuthane" leading edges--a resin they claim to be bullet proof. (I was not shot at during testing so cannot confirm.)
*paid 1642 GBP (pounds), roughly $2300
*Asking $2000 plus freight

One thing I will add is that Hercules was great during the ordering and build process. But I have been unable to contact them since. Otherwise I would have attempted to repitch the prop and keep it.

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If everything was based on looks I'd say this is a winner! I love the look. I'm thinking harder and harder about just having them make a prop for my Ranger. They said they would but the draw back is they are not here in the US so repitch etc could get expensive and long. If only a guy in the UK would have them make one for a Ranger first ;-)
 

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Well "Lota", if you do have them make you prop, be sure to get some sort of assurance that they will still be on speaking terms with you after delivery.
 

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If you were interested in repitching it here in the USA, I'm sure you can find an experimental prop maker to do it for a couple hundred bucks. I had performance propeller do one like that many years ago. They also added the urethane leading edge while repitching. By the way, they were not the manufacturer of the prop.
 

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Thanks Thorp! I'll look into that. Someone else actually recommended that I ask Sensenich if they'd do it. I can't imagine they would for liability reasons alone but the small-shop idea is a good one. I like the prop and am willing to ship back to the UK to have the work done.
 

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I've had good luck with Lonnie Prince. Call him and ask. I'm planning on sending the FP MT I picked up to him for Insp and urethane edges.
 

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How can it be possible to repitch a wood prop ????
 

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Eric...would you mind PMing me with the issue? Isn't the lady that designs them a member here? Sorry! I easily forget names. Maybe she can speak up?
 

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How can it be possible to repitch a wood prop ????
One method of decreasing pitch is to trim off a bit of the trailing edge and then re-contour the blade to the new trailing edge. The real downside to this is the blade gets narrower and some efficiency may be lost. That has been my experience.
 

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