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Old 01-29-2018, 11:23 PM
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Prop Puller

Seems to me a proper prop puller is about $90-100.

I only need it once. What are you all doing instead?

Does anyone rent them?
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:27 PM
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:07 AM
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I've had my best luck using a short 2"x4" - say 8" long, a hammer and whacking it from the prop shaft toward the back of the boat. Using the wood deadens the hammer strike so it isn't such a sharp blow. Put the 2"x4" on the hub, not the blades. Line up the wood and hammer as close to parallel with the prop shaft as possible; don't want to bend the sucker. Whack. Rotate. Whack. Rotate. Whack. Rotate. Whack. Rotate. <Repeat a lot.> <Take a break.> <Come back the next day.> <Repeat a few more times.> ... And just when you think you've made absolutely no progress, the next whack springs it free. Ok, maybe a dozen later.

I've also used and have access to a prop puller. Still, I start with the 2"x4" and that has always worked.

Oh yeah, leave the nut on very loosely. So that when you whack it off, it still stops on the shaft. Don't want to (further?) damage the prop.

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Old 01-30-2018, 12:50 AM
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required tool for shaft drive boat ownership - hopefully you don't have to use it...

another way to loosen prop - loosen prop nut a bit - put boat in water - put in reverse.. it just has to move about 1/32 or so to be loose enough to remove...
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:56 AM
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I did the 2x4 whack-turn-whack-turn routine twice. Third time, i decided a prop puller was a good investment. I've used it several times since. One time, the prop I was pulling wasn't even damaged.

I'm glad I spent the money on it.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:57 AM
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That's exactly how I have always done it. works great.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:03 AM
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My puller is a standard part of my onboard toolbox. Never know when you need it out on the lake or at a remote beach to replace a prop that is dinged. (Also a pair of goggles for working underwater.)
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:07 AM
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One of the things I don't have a hack for. I bought a puller. Otherwise, beat on it with a 2x4 like above. Helps if you heat the prop around the hub.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:46 AM
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Prop Puller is nice to have...kind of like an oil filter wrench, not used often, but need it.
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:46 AM
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I own and use a prop puller. Best 100$ you can spend. I’ve also used a 15$ large “C” clamp. Mimicking a prop puller. The 2X4 and hammer whack doesn’t seem right to me.
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