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post #11 of 28 Old 11-13-2008
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Interesting to see these comments

It strikes me as odd that those that like the prop own one and those that don't, do not own one. Usually that is the reverse.

I have noticed that they are made out of a similar material to some airplane props and if theirs stops working they have even more to worry about than a boater does. Just a comment
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Stephen, you're granted divine proprety of resuscitation. Thread is almost 5 year dead. By the way, I just purchased one for my OC43, and regardless their "fragile" appearance, I'm stitched to their technical reference. Very consistent.

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That is the beauty of these forums.

5 Years ago I was not looking for a feathering prop and I always find the forums online the best source of information. Real world users and real world conditions. Too many reviewers are being paid (directly or indirectly) or have a reason for a favourable review.

The only negative review I have found anywhere on the web for the Kiwi prop has been here and he never used one. So it sound really good
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Stephen, what negrini was referring to was the fact that most forums frown on resuscitating old threads. It is generally preferred that one start a new thread, referencing the old thread, if desired.

The downside to the Kiwi feathering prop, just as with any other feathering prop or gear-coupled folding prop, is the increased complexity. That being said: Everything I've read has said that if you maintain it as per recommendations, they're generally trouble-free.

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I have had no problems with mine. and will recomend the Kiwi Prop.

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I have heaqrd that the Kiwi is limited to 50 maximum horsepower. Is this true?
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SEMIjim, not resusitating old threads, now thats a new one to me, so I had to join and say, not at all, any relivant post is useful, no matter how old the thread, so long as it pertinent to the orginal thread, not impressed with your approach especially to people who have not posted many entries.
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I have a client who has a Kiwi Prop on his Wylie 34. We are going to have to replace a blade this month since he hit something and sheared off a blade tip. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know what (if any) damage a bronze or stainless prop would have suffered, but there it is.
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We got one last year and so far are pleased. The performance in reverse is much better.

The poster above may not understand that the Kiwiprop is intneded to have its blades replaced if the hit something...tht may be the reason he felt it seemed "fragile..."
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I use a composite prop on my boat, that is made of materials similiar to what the Kiwi prop is made of and the blades are designed to shear in an impact. This can save the transmission and lower drive unit from being damaged. The blades are easily replaced. I believe that the Kiwi prop is designed with the same idea in mind.

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