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Old    Rob.B (rbeckei)      Join Date: May 2007       06-01-2010, 11:48 AM Reply   
Do you really need to use it or can you just back the nut off and use a alluminum drift and wack it with a hammer? what are you thoughts. First time changing the prop.
Old    Colin P (PictureMeRollin)      Join Date: Apr 2010       06-01-2010, 12:20 PM Reply   
If you ask 10 people you will probably get 10 opinions because It all depends on your skill level, patience, and budget. I personally don't like whacking on anything with a hammer near my boat, so I use a the proper tool.
Old    Joe Sellhausen (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       06-01-2010, 1:58 PM Reply   
The first time I took a prop off, I removed the nut and it slide right off.

Every time since then I've need a puller and some heat.

You might get lucky, but I doubt it.
Old    Fred (olmoomba)      Join Date: Apr 2010       06-02-2010, 11:45 AM Reply   
I never use heat, with Brass/Nibral as soft as it is, I don't chance it.

We picked up a 3 jaw puller from the auto parts store (30bux) that I can put my ratchet on. For my 4 blade prop we were able to make it a 2 jaw puller, take one off and relocate the other arm so they are at 12 and 6.

Leave the nut on a couple of threads so your prop won't POP off and hit the ground.
Old    Chasin7 T (chaser)      Join Date: Sep 2006       06-02-2010, 2:32 PM Reply   
I use the 3 jaw puller too and it works fine. Cheap at Harbor Freight.
Old    Joe Sellhausen (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       06-03-2010, 8:41 AM Reply   
Good point fred. I had a stainless on my last boat. I didn't even think about the nibral.
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       06-03-2010, 10:16 AM Reply   
You can get a harmonic prop puller for $40 and it is money well spent. I was skeptical about using this type of puller, but it really works. I have since lost mine and last prop change was much harder and sketchier without it.

http://www.boarditup.com/shop/item.asp?itemid=368
Old    Matthew Bird (ldr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       06-03-2010, 11:00 AM Reply   
Chasin7 T

What size 3 jaw puller from harbor freight? Last time i was there i saw 3 sizes.

I definately want to pick one up.

TIA
Old    Fred (olmoomba)      Join Date: Apr 2010       06-03-2010, 11:30 AM Reply   
I think 4in will do it. If you have a 4 blade prop make sure you can convert the puller to 2 jaw, the 3 jaw we just used would not wk on my 4 blade prop.
Old    Adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       06-03-2010, 12:24 PM Reply   
I prefer the harmonic pullers as well.
Old    Chasin7 T (chaser)      Join Date: Sep 2006       06-03-2010, 12:38 PM Reply   
I think it's a 4 inch and it is a 3 jaw puller you can convert to a two jaw.
Old    Chasin7 T (chaser)      Join Date: Sep 2006       06-03-2010, 12:40 PM Reply   
anyone got a picture of the harmonic prop puller they can post? No photo at the link above. Just curious what it looks like.
Old    Karl DeLooff (placidwaters)      Join Date: May 2010       06-03-2010, 1:40 PM Reply   
It is simply a big round nut. I'll take a picture later. If you buy it, use PayPal. My site was just hacked.
Old    Rickey S (swancer)      Join Date: Dec 2009       06-03-2010, 5:17 PM Reply   
I just pulled mine 30 minutes ago. I beat and banged on it with a rubber mallet for what seemed like hours. I talked to this old redneck boat mechanic who said to back the nut to the end of the prop shaft. Not so far that the threads are off of it but right before. Then take a rigid object aka hammer and tap on it till the prop comes off. I did not believe him till I went and tried it this afternoon. After a few light blows to the nut, the prop magically slid off. So now I am a believer.

I tried the 3 jaw puller and the 2 jaw puller from Harbor Freight but could not get the angle around the prop and rudder to make it happen.
Old    Eric (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       06-03-2010, 6:44 PM Reply   
I made one out of a C-clamp. I could take pics if you wanted to see one. Cost me nothing. A lot better than spending 80 dollars or what ever it costs for a stupid prop puller that I used once in the 4 years I have owned my boat
Old    CONSIGLIEREG8R (consigliereg8r)      Join Date: Aug 2009       06-03-2010, 8:19 PM Reply   
used a 2x4 and a rubber mallet on mine. No problem. I bought a two jaw C clamp but couldn't get the angle right on my 4 blade prop.
Old    Derek (camassanger)      Join Date: Oct 2009       06-06-2010, 9:04 PM Reply   
Is this the Harbor Freight on you are talking about: http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece...set-32184.html
Old    Rickey S (swancer)      Join Date: Dec 2009       06-06-2010, 10:10 PM Reply   
I purchased that one but could not get the angle around the rudder or prop. I have a four blade on a 05 SANTE. I returned it. Tried both the long and the short side, as well as 1, 2 and 3 arms at a time with the same results.
Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       06-07-2010, 12:56 PM Reply   
Just get the tool. its expensive but its the right way to do it!
Old    Gary Perry (gwperry2)      Join Date: May 2009       06-07-2010, 1:11 PM Reply   
I just use a punch a a small hammer and it falls off every time have done about 5 in 2 years
Old    Jason (black_ops_09)      Join Date: May 2009       06-07-2010, 2:34 PM Reply   
I agree with Joey spend the 40 and get right tool...You can use a knife for a screwdriver but do you?
Old    Rob.B (rbeckei)      Join Date: May 2007       06-07-2010, 3:47 PM Reply   
Well, I changed the prop. I used a 6 inch 2x4 and hit the end of it with two light taps and It came off. I guess I got lucky.
Old    Kelly (speedy841)      Join Date: May 2010       06-08-2010, 7:54 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by swancer View Post
I just pulled mine 30 minutes ago. I beat and banged on it with a rubber mallet for what seemed like hours. I talked to this old redneck boat mechanic who said to back the nut to the end of the prop shaft. Not so far that the threads are off of it but right before. Then take a rigid object aka hammer and tap on it till the prop comes off. I did not believe him till I went and tried it this afternoon. After a few light blows to the nut, the prop magically slid off. So now I am a believer.

I tried the 3 jaw puller and the 2 jaw puller from Harbor Freight but could not get the angle around the prop and rudder to make it happen.
Well this works great, but I don't know about the light blows to the nut part. I was worried about that so I just lightly tapped the nut and after about 10 to 15 taps it was loose. Took all of about 2 minutes to complete. Thanks for the information.

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