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Old 12 June 2007, 13:40   #11
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I wouldn't write Steel Developments off too quickly. They have a pretty good reputation and I'm sure they'll sort this problem out.

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Old 12 June 2007, 13:51   #12
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Dropped a prop in with Geoff this morning, place is chocka with props, coldn't even get in through the door. He is good though

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i used them for a prop on a previous engine and seemed to do a good job, like you say a tricky place to find and then to get into!!
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Old 12 June 2007, 14:25   #13
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Hi Ian,I had a problem last year(Loss of rpm)happened during a foggy trip back into Fal`. After posting and talking to a few as well as S.Dev`it was assumed that the bush had gone.Sent off to S.D to be checked out,they told me it also needed repairs to some damage.
This was a highly polished S.S prop,and from my limited knowledge on props appeared in good condition(no apparent dings etc)
S.D told me it needed repairing and rebushing! I took there word for it and the approx costs.Week later prop returned after paying 140.00 no longer highly polished and looking like they`d used the rough`st grinding disk going.I was`nt happy S.D told me it was part of the repair.

Here comes the best bit. After numerous sea trials with the repaired prop still had the same problems, eventually found out that it was`nt the bush it was a cylinder compression problem.Local engine specialists sorted out under warranty.
In hindsight, I should have tried a compatable prop prior to sending it off to S.D.It would then have confirmed that it was`nt a prop problem.
I took S.D and there diagnosis word for word.
You live and learn,always at your own expence.
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Old 12 June 2007, 17:59   #14
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Well Iam meaning to slag off SD yet , and thanks for the opinions .

Iam no prop expert but I do know a bit about engineering , and just how exact a prop needs to be Iam not sure .

The prop I sent was like new , it had nearly all the paint intact on the blades , there was a tiny nick on the edge of one of the blades , I mean tiny less than .5mm deep and i had rubbed it off with fine emery cloth .

I have just had a good look at the prop and checked it with my machine setting tools on the cast bed of a new top of the range woodworking machine .

With the prop sat upright the blade tips vary about 2mm in height and about 1mm in diameter . The edge of one tip is a sharp as a dinner knife and the others square and approx 1mm thick .
Grinder or rotary sander marks are visible under the paint on every blade and the blades are thinner than I remember them to be , certainly not as much meat in it as my other prop .

SD said that even a nick in the blade edge of .5mmm would have been welded up , but why the whole blade needed grinding beats me ?

I can't be certain its my old prop , but it says made in Japan on it and the original markings are still there stating size .

I was using the prop before I sent it as we were loaded up and towing a donut and it was working fine .

I will return it with a letter , but I have little faith to be honest after the attitude I recieved on the phone .
But to be fair SD must recieve some knackered props and then get punters expecting the impossible , and they don't know that Iam genuine .

Just wish I had some pics of it before I sent it .

Hope I don't learne at my expense Sticky , but it seems I allready am with hassle and postage costs alone .
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Old 12 June 2007, 19:01   #15
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If you were in the prop business and someone sent you a nice shiny 17" pitch prop for re-pitching to 18", would you get the hammer out and start knocking it about, or do the same job to some old prop which had been welded up after someone tried stirring stones with it?
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Old 12 June 2007, 19:27   #16
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Well Iam meaning to slag off SD yet , and thanks for the opinions .

Iam no prop expert but I do know a bit about engineering , and just how exact a prop needs to be Iam not sure .

The prop I sent was like new , it had nearly all the paint intact on the blades , there was a tiny nick on the edge of one of the blades , I mean tiny less than .5mm deep and i had rubbed it off with fine emery cloth .

I have just had a good look at the prop and checked it with my machine setting tools on the cast bed of a new top of the range woodworking machine .

With the prop sat upright the blade tips vary about 2mm in height and about 1mm in diameter . The edge of one tip is a sharp as a dinner knife and the others square and approx 1mm thick .
Grinder or rotary sander marks are visible under the paint on every blade and the blades are thinner than I remember them to be , certainly not as much meat in it as my other prop .

SD said that even a nick in the blade edge of .5mmm would have been welded up , but why the whole blade needed grinding beats me ?

I can't be certain its my old prop , but it says made in Japan on it and the original markings are still there stating size .

I was using the prop before I sent it as we were loaded up and towing a donut and it was working fine .

I will return it with a letter , but I have little faith to be honest after the attitude I recieved on the phone .
But to be fair SD must recieve some knackered props and then get punters expecting the impossible , and they don't know that Iam genuine .

Just wish I had some pics of it before I sent it .

Hope I don't learne at my expense Sticky , but it seems I allready am with hassle and postage costs alone .

post some pics of it to show what you have described...that would help
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Old 12 June 2007, 19:27   #17
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If you were in the prop business and someone sent you a nice shiny 17" pitch prop for re-pitching to 18", would you get the hammer out and start knocking it about, or do the same job to some old prop which had been welded up after someone tried stirring stones with it?

I would hope that honesty would prevail . I did suggest that I could have recieved the wrong prop back . The reponse was very fast and definate "impossible " . I can imgine a prop shop absolutely inundated with props , and how it would be impossible I just don''t know .

The box I sent it in was very good with loads of the palstic padding bags etc , but it arrived back in a different box ??
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Get someone else (with a different aaaaaaaaccent) to ring them and enquire if they have a Soozook 17" prop for sale
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Old 12 June 2007, 19:50   #19
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their new solas props are only about 100 . I don't think they deal with used props Iam sure if its not my original prop the mix up wasn't intentional .

Surely if they had done welding repairs as well as re pitch it would have been on the invoice and they would have charged for it . Invoice simply said re pitch to 18 , maybe that was misread as 16 , although I wrote 18 printed on the note and on the box .
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Old 12 June 2007, 21:32   #20
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Julie from Steel Developments posts on Ribnet. Perhaps she would like the opportunity to reply if you make her aware of the thread.
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