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Is a 5 blade harder on drives than a 4 blade?

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Old 03-08-2007, 09:44 PM
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acually it can be smoother cause you have more blade in the water ask throtle up propellors they will tell you less vibration than 4 blades
I know what you are saying, but I have yet to shake a carrier loose due to running 3 blades. A lot of other guys I boat with that run O/B's run 4 blades due to less vibration though. I would think the newer XR style cases are even less prone to failure due to excess vibration.
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:06 AM
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It depends on if your concern is failures due to reentry or blade induced torsional vibration.

Reentry failure is related to blade area. In general, the more blades you have the greater the total blade surface area. It's possible that a four bladed prop would be worse than a five bladed prop if it's blade area is greater.

With regard to torsional vibration it is a good generalization to assume that vibration levels decrease with the number of blades. Higher frequencies are more easily damped and there is quite a bit of damping in a marine propulsion system. You have to remember that driveline vibration is a function of the whole system. Outdrive type, drive ratio and coupler type all come in to play. In some cases fewer blades are better.

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40 how much?
I'll take 350ea. They came on my Spectre but were a little tall. I purchased some 32's and when I traded the boat in I kept the 34's. They are perfect.
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