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I have gotten pricing and information on Variprofile and Max-Prop. Some Max-prop was only a few hundred dollars less. Although they seem similar but they are not.

After some research between the two, the Max-prop appears to have a flat blade design which would increase the diameter of the prop based on a shaped blade like the Variprofile prop as Max-prop will require more surface area to absorb the engine output. Also with a flat blade, the prop walk in reverse would most likely increase from our current fixed prop.
It seems that the Variprop seems to have more advantages but I didn't get much response from variprop users, only Max-prop.
Any Variprop comments? Are they indeed better or just different?

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Can't help you on vari-prop, but I would doubt you will find more prop walk in reverse on a max-prop. Some claim there is none, although, I would disagree with that. We have some, but less than the fixed prop.

Whether you go with a two, three or four blade max-prop could make a difference. There newest self adjusting props sound very cool. I have a classic 3 blade.


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Hey,

Has anyone heard of this place for feathering props?

Feathering Propellers

The price is great, but I never heard of them before. I'm also up that way on a regular basis and I could just stop in and pick one up.

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...I didn't get much response from variprop users, only Max-prop.
Not too surprising, considering there just aren't that many Variprops out there, at least not when compared to Max Props. What that says about Variprop, if anything, I don't know.
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You really don't know what to believe. You can go off the data, compare and research but when you speak with Variprop, they indicated the major differences between Max prop and why they are better. When you talk to Max prop, they also indicate the major differences between Variprop and why they are better.... I wish one of them would just admit that they are not equal to the other; unfortunately that's not going to happen.

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Seems like the free market has answered your question. No one seems to be buying the vp.

Out of curiosity, I googled your question and found some threads that questioned the quality of the internal mechanism on the vari-prop. I can attest that I just removed my max prop this past weekend. The guts are solid and still look brand new. I'm sending it back to have a ding repaired in one blade. So far, customer service has been extremely helpful.


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http://www.flexofold.com/upload_dir/...onthly_low.pdf

Read the tests as it covers pretty much every brand of folder and feather against fixed

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If you have a long keel, use a two blade prop and turn it vertical to align with the keel.
Works fine.
I will never understand why anyone would use a three blade prop on a long keeled ship.
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