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Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

Hi folks, I'm removing the Martec prop on our boat, and I need a prop puller. I've tried rental places, but they don't have gear pullers with enough "reach" to get around the long hub on the Martec. I tried to buy one, but none locally have the reach either.

Does anyone have a gear or prop puller in the Annapolis area that will work on a Martec? I would be happy to rent it.

Or any recommendations on where to rent one elsewhere? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

Sometimes pulling a prop that has been in place for a very long time can be extremely difficult to pull. We learned that the hard way. Finally resorted to pulling the shaft with prop attached by bringing the assembly to a machine shop equipped with a "bearing press" that did the job.

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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

You should hit it with PB Blaster while you look. Can't hurt and might help a lot.

I installed a new wheel pilot and thought I might need to rent a puller to get the wheel of the pedistal since it wouldn't budge when I first tried to remove it. I sprayed it with PB Blaster a few days before I tried again and it came right off with a few taps of a rubber mallet.

If you do have to use a puller be sure to leave the nut in place lest the prop "sproing" off and hit someone in the head. (Ask how I know)
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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

Use a $14 propane torch from Wallyworld set on the lowest possible setting, a short 2" x 4", and a hammer.

The propeller will heat up and expand away from the cooler propeller shaft. A well placed piece of wood positioned around the right angle between the prop and the shaft allows you to gently knock the propeller off the shaft.
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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

Thanks guys, I've tried PB Blaster, though I haven't tried heat. The hub is only an inch from the strut, so there isn't a lot of space in there. I've tried wacking it with a block of wood and hammer. Nothing worked.

I asked the yard to remove it, and they've been too busy to get to it. I just need to get the thing off there, so I figured I'd try a puller.

The nut will definitely remain on there to stop the hub from flying off!

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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

a friend in my YC had a big 3 jaw puller made by "snap on" the tool co. that sells to the automotive trade. Maybe you can rent one at a auto tool store. Big as it was it still needed "percussion persuasion" to pop.
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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

Thanks denise030, I tried Pep Boys, and the largest puller they have doesn't have enough "reach" for the Martec hub. I tried United Rentals here in Annapolis, and they don't rent pullers. So far, no dice, but I'll keep working on it.
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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

Maybe a heavy equipment garage? Mechanics can be very helpful when you tell them what great tools they have.

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I wouldn't touch that with a... OK, I'm going to stop typing now.
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Re: Help -- need a prop puller in Annapolis area

Update: The prop is off!

I wish I could say I located a puller. In fact, I located a guy at the yard who ended up having to use a puller, blow torch, a pipe, and a mallet to get the thing off. It wasn't going to come off easily.

Thanks again for the input anyway. I appreciate it!
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