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Propeller Balancing

Balancing is the final step in the physical repair before the cosmetic finish.

There are four basic type of unbalance: Static, Kinetic, dynamic and whip. Propellers are balanced using Static or Dynamic means.

Static unbalance is gravity at work. If a propeller is placed between centers on frictionless rollers the heavy or weighted portion will rotate to the bottom immediately. This is corrected by adding or removing weight from the propeller.

Dynamic unbalance is a twist caused by two forces in two separate planes. If weights were placed 180 degrees opposite the other, no single point would roll to the bottom, because the prop would be balanced both statically and kinetically. By rotating the propeller at an appreciable speed each weight would cause its own centrifugal force in separate planes. This would cause an end to end rocking motion. Vessels operating at higher accuracy using propellers of class one or class S ISO 484/2 should be dynamic balanced using ISO 1940 G2.5 balance tolerance.


Dyna-Bal Dynamic Balancing

Rundquist Propeller Tools has teamed with Dyna-Bal to provide state of the art dynamic balancing machines to the marine industry. We are the exclusive world wide marine distributor for Dyna-Bal. 

Dyna-Bal Floor Model machines are designed for rugged use, yet are super-sensitive, easy and simple to operate. Overhung balancing of propellers is made simple with Dyna-Bal's standard equipment overhung balancing adaptor.

Quick, easy height adjustment to compensate for different size bearing surfaces make end thrusters obsolete. Balance rotors in their own bearings or with one bearing and on one journal.

Dyna-Bal machines automatically compensate for uneven floors - no special floors or foundations are required. Dyna-Bal machines are not bolted down (anchored) to the floor. This makes extending the subbase fast and easy.

The subbase has been manufactured in two sections allowing them to be extended beyond rated bearing centers. This allows you to balance rotating parts that are longer than your subbase.

Price $25,000 - Model D-015 with arbors.  Setup and training is included at your facility located anywhere in the continental United States.

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Static balancing of a propeller is very important and is not too difficult to achieve. After grinding the welds down and shaping the blade to the desired diameter follow this procedure.

1. Mount the propeller on the balancing arbor.

2. Place the propeller on the balancing fixture.  If the prop is out of balance, the heavy blade or blades will swing down.

3. To remove excess weight on the heavy blade or blades, use a grinder and 80 grit discs or belts, and grind on the negative face of the propeller. Be careful to avoid grinding the edges and concentrate on the center of the blade. Do not remove metal from the edges or diameter of the propeller.

4. Repeat this procedure until all blades remain still-regardless of what position the prop is turned.



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