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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Calkins View Post
    I would rather prop a 3 blade 6 cylinder Continental than a 2 blade

    A 3 blade Continental always has a blade at the right location at firing.

    A 2 blade does not. And you have to find the cylinder that fires where yu can throw the prop.

    R985's are childs play to hand prop. Big heavy props and low compression and big magnetos that dont need impulse couplings.
    My thoughts exactly. Altho one would be hard pressed to get me to prop anything but a 4 banger or Pratt any more. And probably not even a Pratt the first time on a cold morning
    Never mind, its not worth it !!!

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    I flew to an airport to meet a gentleman to balance a 3 blade MT and after he put his equipment on I tried to start and wouldn't you know the starter drive took a crap. I propped it 3 times as he had the throttle, after the second start put tape on fingers cause of blistering....Cessna 185. Ended up putting old style drive on cause of MT prop. Grew up propping my fathers pa-11 and and later my own 1340.
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    Patented hand propping handwear....

    Maybe I can sell some at the Aviation Gathering in May...


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    Quote Originally Posted by nanook View Post
    The guy holding his hand up missing all the fingers...you say you used to hand prop what!!!
    Guy holds up his two remaining fingers....
    "OK, give it another 4 shots of primer!"
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffair View Post
    .....I hear a wood composite doesn’t have the mass or momentum to be hand propped. Don’t know. Just hearsay..... .
    A friend of mine used to run a wood prop on his A65-powered Luscombe (without impulses).
    Much harder to start than with the metal Mac he replaced it with.
    Not enough mass to overcome inertia, tended to kick back against a compression stroke instead of going through it.
    He now has an O-200 (with impulses!),
    easy to prop even with the McCatto prop he's got on it.

    FWIW I had to prop my 180 a couple times shortly after I bought it,
    battery needed replacing.
    It started right up, no problem.
    Stock K engine, 2 blade Mac.
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!

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    Hardtailjohn, seeing the picture with your avatar reminds me of watching my friend jump off the wing of the goose to get us going on a beach out the Alaska Peninsula.
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