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Where to find Wood Props???

Old 08-20-2011, 08:06 AM
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I am curiouse if anyone is using, or where to find wood props for electric planes. I ordered and completed a great planes electrifly Nieuport XI, and would like to put a darker stained wooden prop to give it that great look. I have seen alot of older WWI scaled planes with these nice dark stained props, and very curiouse where they come from.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:43 AM
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Xoar make some nice wood props.. Stocked by many online sellers.
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Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer View Post
Xoar make some nice wood props.. Stocked by many online sellers.

I always thought wood props were strictly for gas planes since they are very stiff and rigid and allow no flexibility that electric motors need???
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:14 AM
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Nope, they work great on electric motors.. They are also lighter than composite props. I use them on my 3d models. The main downside with wood props is they break easily on groundstrikes, but that can be a positive as they break before the motor shaft does.

Xoar make a number of wood props especially for electric: http://www.xoarintl.com/props/model-....html#electric

Hobbyking also have their own line of electric specific wood props: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idCategory=299

try one...

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I've been getting Vox wood props from Precision Aerobatics and Xoar props from RCDude. They work great on my larger electrics.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:13 AM
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Cool thanks for the replies. I will check out the xoars.

On a side note i see alot of people reffering to hobby kings website. I must admit i am not a big fan of their site. It seems to me much like anything in life you get what you pay for and going with the cheaper motors and radios from hong kong leave a bad taste in your mouth in the long run. Not to mention the fact that almost everything is out of stock all the time.
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Well, I went down to my LHS and they only carry one brand of wooden props (Zinger)... only problem is that they don't specify if they are electric compatible... so my question is there something to look for when buying wood props for electric that will identify whether or not they will work with electric motors?

I bout one of these in a 12x6 size and put it on my newly built 50" DH Tiger Moth... Sounds nice, looks great and wattmeter reads peak 36amps on my 50amp esc so Iím ok... but will it perform well? And would i notice a significant difference if this prop is a non-electric / gas only prop???
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Zingers are good props.. they are not electric specific but will work ok on an electric motor.
The difference between ic and electric props is that ic are built stronger and heavier to survive the pulsing power delivery, and typically higher rpm, that ic engines deliver... So it's ok to use an ic prop on electric (if the weight is no problem) but you should not use an electric prop on ic.

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Old 08-21-2011, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer View Post
Zingers are good props..

Steve
Boy not the Zingers I have used! They are very poor IMHO and take more amps without delivering the thrust or performance. So efficiency of all my Zingers has been less than impressive.

Jap711713 - you can use wood props on electric as was pointed out. Some do much better than others. I have also used APC and MAS glow props on electric.

For the most part they are not as efficient as the APC-e props. However there is a new guy in town the XOAR props and they ROCK. They make a "light electric" propeller that is as good or better than the APC-e.

Tower sells them (and others...)
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXAPTL&P=7

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Boy not the Zingers I have used! They are very poor IMHO
Mike, I stand corrected.. I was going on second hand information and my memory.. neither of which are 100% reliable.

Xoar's are great though... I've used a few and they perform real well. They are also sold under the name 'JXF'... exact same props.

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yep I have used the JXF too.

You can get them here:
Larger sizes only...
http://www.valuehobby.com/products.php?category_id=70

Turnigy now brands them too.

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