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    Changing floats on a Maule

    Just wondering if one of you float guys would give me a guess of how long it would take to change Wip 3000’s amph.’s and put landing gear on. The Maule is a M-7-260. Also how many people would you recommend to have on hand. Thanks Tom

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    If you have proper lifting setup and experienced people, a half day. Assumining you’re leaving hydraulics installed in plane. If not, at least a full day, maybe more.

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    Thanks Mike, I’ll leave the Hyd’s in place. Not too experienced so I’ll just plan a full day. I do have a great lift, the state put it in and used it for float changes on their UH-1’s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algonquin View Post
    ….Also how many people would you recommend to have on hand. Thanks Tom
    Boy you're leaving yourself wide open on that one.
    I suggest two people to do the work.....
    and a crew of at least half a dozen people rotating in and out of the hangar
    to eat all the donuts / drink all the beer, and (most importantly) offer helpful advice.
    (hint- it's best if no one in the rotating crew has ever done any float removal or installation).
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!
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    Quote Originally Posted by algonquin View Post
    Thanks Mike, I’ll leave the Hyd’s in place. Not too experienced so I’ll just plan a full day. I do have a great lift, the state put it in and used it for float changes on their UH-1’s.
    Shouldn't be a problem. Just figure out in advance where you want to cap the hydraulics, etc, and get the right fittings on hand, and other supplies...brake fluid, etc.

    It isn't high science. Be sure you lift it with a spreader bar to avoid collapsing the top deck. If the plane doesn't have lifting eyes, remove the wing root fairings, and lift (via a spreader bar) at the front spars.

    Lock the wheels down on the floats, so you can push them around on the wheels. Easier to move and store.

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