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Anybody have experience with Reedville Propeller Company?

Based on what I learned yesterday, I need to get a new prop shaft coupler and get it fitted and faced.

So I did a little Googling and found Reedville Propeller Company in Reedville, VA, which claims to be able to do that kind of work.

Does anyone have any experience with them?

Thanks.
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any competant machinist with a lathe can do that [just ask locally]
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I can highly recommend Ron Peck at New England Propeller in MA. He is very, very good and very reasonable. He is currently at the NE Boat Show in Boston but will likely return your call anyway. You can also call and ask for David he's the shafting guy..

The shaft you get will be trued to within .001" - .003", most shops never even look at new shaft straightness, and he will ship to you if you can provide your measurements. His fitting and facing and shaft truing is excellent.

He uses only top quality shafting, AQ22, from Western Branch metals and does it right.

If you actually need prop work there is only one shop I recommend and that is Accutech Marine in NH. NE Prop also deos good work but Larry & crew are AMAZING. They do props to 62" shipped in from all over the world and they use both the Prop Scan and Hale MRI machines and provide you will full before and after reports.

I have seen & felt the before and after results and there is NO comparison between Accutech and anyone else I have found. A local Maine shop, which will remain nameless, also claims to be a Hale MRI shop and gives printed report but there is no way their reports are accurate and they are likely manipulating the reports which CAN be done in the Hale software. Report manipulation can not be done on the prop scan machine. I have seen the same prop come from this shop, get installed and have serious vibration issues and be shipped to Accutech and come back smooth as glass..

These guys are FANATICS and can solve just about ANY vibration issue.
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Maine Sail -

I hope you're not telling me now that I can't reuse my existing prop shaft - because it's in great condition and as far as I can tell doesn't need to be replaced.

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P.S. - I've never noticed any vibration issue - I'm just doing all this work while I've got the engine out of the boat. One thing led to another and next thing you know I've got the whole prop shaft out and disassembled. New stuffing box and hose will be in the works as well...
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Bill,

If your shaft is good you can certainly re-use it but I would have them at least check it for true while you have it out.. All you'll need is a new coupling fitted & faced, should be $85.00 - $130.00+/- depending on where you are and the shops rates.
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