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I discovered some damage to my prop (it's an Axiom, fitted in 2011, but I'm not looking to start another discussion on Axiom props). A small chunk, about 1 x 3 cm, is missing from one blade. I haven't noticed any significant  vibration, but am concerned that it may unbalance the prop and put extra strain on the prop shaft and bearing. Any views?

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Selective rectangular monoblade  cavitation corrosion. If yours is a 4 cylinder engine, one cylinder is running faster than the others.  

Ita a 4 bladed prop on a 4 cylinder engine?

That's why proper props are 3 bladed.

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1 minute ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Selective rectangular monoblade  cavitation corrosion. If yours is a 4 cylinder, one cylinder is running faster than the others.

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1 hour ago, Tracy D'arth said:

If yours is a 4 cylinder engine, one cylinder is running faster than the others.  

Not quite sure how that works - are all 4 pistons not all connected to the same crankshaft ?

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1 hour ago, Tracy D'arth said:

If yours is a 4 cylinder engine, one cylinder is running faster than the others.  

 

Er, no it isn't.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Machpoint005 said:

If you only think so, that's a good indication that it wasn't humour!

Not really.

 

As the things people find funny often differ, sometimes quite widely.

 

This place is littered with examples.

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7 minutes ago, The Happy Nomad said:

I think it was an attempt at humour........

 

Given it's a mechanical impossibility.

Probably got some folk googling it though. 
 

 😃

 

 

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2 hours ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Selective rectangular monoblade  cavitation corrosion. If yours is a 4 cylinder engine, one cylinder is running faster than the others.  

Ita a 4 bladed prop on a 4 cylinder engine?

That's why proper props are 3 bladed.

One cylinder can run faster if one big end journal has been reground in isolation,giving a slightly different throw and therefore a different piston speed.

As for the selective rectangular monoblade cavitation corrosion,that will only occur if you have a goniometer fitted to your solar panel.

By the way,what brand of beer do you drink?

 

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5 minutes ago, Mad Harold said:

One cylinder can run faster if one big end journal has been reground in isolation,giving a slightly different throw and therefore a different piston speed.

I don't think it would work like that would it.

 

If you grind the journal in isolation (not good practice I would think) you compensate with over size bearings. This would set the throw back to what it was originally, surely?

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3 hours ago, Farey said:

I discovered some damage to my prop (it's an Axiom, fitted in 2011, but I'm not looking to start another discussion on Axiom props). A small chunk, about 1 x 3 cm, is missing from one blade. I haven't noticed any significant  vibration, but am concerned that it may unbalance the prop and put extra strain on the prop shaft and bearing. Any views?

 

I think that if you can't detect any more vibration of weird noises then as long as the shaft has a plain metal bearing and greaser (not a rubber Cutless bearing or fibre/paxalon bearing) you have little to worry about. I am not sure if you could find a prop re furbisher to take it on though.

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1 hour ago, The Happy Nomad said:

I think it was an attempt at humour........

 

Given it's a mechanical impossibility.

And doesn't take into account that most boats have a gearbox with a reduction ratio that is not 1:1.

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1 hour ago, Mad Harold said:

>>giving a slightly different throw and therefore a different piston speed.<<

 

But exactly the same rotational speed.

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Thanks for the various answers. To clarify, it is a Volvo Penta cutless bearing, and the prop has 3 blades, and although I don't post very often, I've been a member since 2005.

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Just now, Farey said:

Thanks for the various answers. To clarify, it is a Volvo Penta cutless bearing, and the prop has 3 blades.

Those bearings are normally replaceable so maybe it will just shorten the replacement intervals 

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