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Thrall
10-20-2004, 10:06 PM
I may have the opportunity to purchase a Cutter 4-blade stainless prop for a pretty fair price. Pitch and dia are correct 13 x 13.5, shaft size, rotation all correct. My question is does anyone have any experience w/ this mfr?

captkidd
10-21-2004, 12:26 PM
I have a 4-blade Cutter stainless prop on my boat, but it is 13x13. I'm very pleased with it. I haven't noticed any affect on the wake, rooster tail, etc. I'm not a shortline skier so I can't tell any difference. It has a good holeshot. I don't spend much time at WOT because I don't need to, so I don't know if it has changed that either. My previous props were the stock 13x13 OJ 3-blade and a 13x13 OJ 4-blade, and I certainly like this one better than either of those. If it's a good price (<$300) I would certainly recommend it.

Thrall
10-21-2004, 12:40 PM
Thanks Capt Kidd, now I'm really kicking myself. Someone else will be happy w/ one. Was bidding on one on ebay last night and was apprehensive to bid too high as I haven't heard of them before. I lost it last minute and it only went for $128!

Storm861triple
10-21-2004, 03:20 PM
Whoa! You missed a good deal. Sorry to hear that.

I have one; a 13x13.5. I'm not that fired up about it. It DID most definitely increase my hole shot, and it also increased my top speed(!) even though it dragged my peak RPM from 4300 down to 4100. Strange. This is compared to my SS 13x13 three blade.

The things I'm not happy about it are:
*Slight vibration at around 2000 PRM
*WORSE deceleration than with the three blade; again-(!) It takes longer to stop than w/the three blade. I thought a 4 blade was supposed to increase decelerative force.
*Less thrust in reverse than my 3 blade.

It's defintiely better than my 3 blade, but I thoguht it would be better in every way other than top end, which surprisingly was better w/the 4.

Captkid, what did you like better about the Cutter 4 than the OJ 4? Just out of curiosity?

Thrall
10-21-2004, 03:43 PM
Maybe I'm not too disheartened, if yours produces a vibration in the 2k rpm range, as that's where I run alot when wake boarding.
Was hoping to get into a new prop for somthing around the cost to rebuild my stock OJ 3 blade.
Hole shot is not an issue now, although quicker is better, just for the neck snap factor!
I was worried about losing a little top end, as there are some pretty long lakes here.
Interesting that your topend increased, Storm. Do you think it's because the SS prop doesn't flex like a Nibral, or just the blade design?

east tx skier
10-21-2004, 03:45 PM
Thrall, be it a 3 blade or a 4 blade, an OJ or an Acme, go with a CNC'd prop. I can't imagine that you'd regret it.

Storm861triple
10-21-2004, 04:42 PM
Interesting that your topend increased, Storm. Do you think it's because the SS prop doesn't flex like a Nibral, or just the blade design?

I'm not sure what to attribute that top end increase to. My old prop was a SS 3 blade, not Nibral. If I had to guess, I'd say that my engine must make it's peak power closer to 4k than above that, and lugging the engine down w/a little steaper pitch (13.5 now vs. 13 on the old 3 blade).

FYI, I used to go ny the name Thomas Kendrick on the old board. you might recognize that.

-Tom

Thrall
10-21-2004, 05:05 PM
10-4 Tom, I remember you. Just using your handle in case you're worried about those "black choppers" flyin' around. Just Kidding!
Just a more efficient design it sounds, if you dropped rpms and picked up speed.
Hey, looks like you're getting some snow up that way. Won't be long now! Got that big-bore ready to rip?

Doug, I'm sure you're right. Have you looked at that prop in the Marketplace, for sale by Cody? Appears to be the same as yours. Whadaya think?

Storm861triple
10-21-2004, 05:14 PM
Won't be long now! Got that big-bore ready to rip?
LOL. Not yet. We are getting snow though. I was supposed to go to Powell this coming weekend, but w/this weather, I don't think so anymore.

Instead, I'll drag out the old 861 triple and fire that sum betch up! Whoo Hoo! BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPP!
I'll have to get the Ultra out too. :)

east tx skier
10-21-2004, 05:21 PM
Tom, a little increase in pitch ought to give you a slight bump in speed if I understand everything correctly.

Thrall, the pitch on that one is slightly higher than mine (I think Farmer Ted has that prop). It mentions that there's an imperfection on it that "keeps it from being perfect." I don't know if that imperfection is noticeable or not. As for my Acme, I think they make one darned good three-blade prop. I've not done a side by side comparison with their four blade on my boat, but their 3blade gets me up before the wake gets to me every time. If you are satisfied that the imperfection mentioned won't make any difference, then the $250 he's asking is less than the $293 I paid to have Schnitz ship it to my door, and is therefore, a good deal. Plus, you get the harmonic puller (about a $30 value).

JimN
10-21-2004, 05:42 PM
Tom- if you have vibration at 2K, it sounds like it's bent a bit. As far as the decel/reverse power, does the Cutter have more cup than the original one? That could 'splain it.

Storm861triple
10-22-2004, 01:45 PM
Good point JimN. The 4 blade is cupped more than my old 3 blade. A lot more. So good point there, for sure.

A agree that somethingn is amiss w/the vibration, but when i bought the prop, it was brand new. I think I need to send it out over teh winter to have it balance.

captkidd
10-25-2004, 03:38 PM
Tom, I haven't noticed any vibration with the Cutter. It's been so long since I used the 4-blade OJ (which was NiBrAl) that I can't remember any specifics, but I do remember liking the Cutter better. Sounds like someone got a good deal; I think mine was about $400.

I agree with Jim that if there's a vibration it should be checked to make sure nothing is bent.

Thrall
10-25-2004, 05:53 PM
Still kicking myself for being cheap on the bidding. Could of had it if I had just set $150 max and let the computer do my bidding. :mad: