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    Spinner for Beech Sierra?

    The saga Continues...

    Well we are now AOG for 2 months trying to get the annual finished. I
    just learned that the crack I reported in trhe spinner on this post
    earlier cannot be welded. I spoke to the guy at ASEI and because it
    is the internal bulkhead that is cracked it cannot be fixed and we
    will have to replace. (I also had our AME check with a local welding
    shop) Trouble is a new spinner is almost $2,000. Part # is A2298-2P.
    If anyone knows of a source for a used Hartzell spinner that we might
    be able to buy that would be appreciated.

    2nd problem is that we just realized that the hub is subject to the
    Hartzell AD and is oringinal not a Suffex A or B. What is the most
    sensible solution here? Our AME is trying to arrange the EI insection
    but we fly about 300 hrs per yr and a recurring inspection ever 100
    hrs does not seem practical. Does anyone have an economical soloution
    for this?

    Would it make sense to just give up on the old Hartzell 2 blade prop
    and go buy a 3 blade upgrade. I have searched the web and sent a
    number of RFQ's. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Bruce Dwyer
    C-GMTT




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    Spinner for Beech Sierra?

    > From: dwyer_bruce
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    > I just learned that the crack I reported in trhe spinner on this post
    > earlier cannot be welded. I spoke to the guy at ASEI and because it
    > is the internal bulkhead that is cracked it cannot be fixed and we
    > will have to replace. (I also had our AME check with a local welding
    > shop) Trouble is a new spinner is almost $2,000. Part # is A2298-2P.

    With all the guys replacing their props with Mcauleys, there oughta be
    a good spinner and bulkhead at one of the prop shops around the
    country. That's where I'd start looking. I had to replace my spinner
    and bulkhead (both were unrepairable)about a year ago ($2,000 + labor)
    -- just after the latest AD came out. I had a fairly new hub that
    wasn't affected by the AD, so that wasn't an issue. One of the Sierra
    owners on this list suggested calling the prop shop (somewhere in
    Ohio, I think) that replaced his prop, but by then, I already had paid
    the $2,000 +.

    > 2nd problem is that we just realized that the hub is subject to the
    > Hartzell AD and is oringinal not a Suffex A or B. What is the most
    > sensible solution here?

    If I had to replace a spinner AND had a hub with the AD, I'd go ahead
    and replace the whole thing with a 3-bladed prop. I wouldn't even
    bother testing the old hub. By the time you pay $2,000 + labor for the
    spinner and comply with an inspection every 100 hours, you'll pay for
    a Mcauley in short time.

    Blaine Nay
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    Dear Bruce,

    I just put on a Mcauley 3-bladed prop on my Sierra.

    The downtime is going to be the problem, considering the number of flight hours per year. It will probably be 5-7 business days each time, minimum, to get the old prop off, pack it, send it to the prop shop, perform the ECI, re-package it , ship it back to you and have it re-installed on your aircraft.

    You can go with a Hartzell 2-bladed prop or with the 3-bladed Mcauley. To go with either is a financial decision, however, the difference in price may be worth the lower high-frequency noise and the better climb performance.

    I happen to have a spinner and the blades, if you are interested. I have no idea of their resale value so I'll have to do some research.

    Regards,

    Ted

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    Spinner for Beech Sierra?

    Do you know if that spinner was used on other planes? There are several
    for Mooney around my work. And, talk to your propeller shop. Depending
    on the age and condition of your blades, you could buy the updated hub
    and have the current blades put it, or it may be more economical to buy
    another prop. Might also check out the new Hartzell 2 blade scimitar,
    slightly better climb and cruise, lower noise, lower vibration, and that
    annoying red arc is all but eliminated. I don't know if they have it
    certified for our birds though. A conversation with your local
    propeller shop would be a good thing, as they are more in tune with this
    business.

    Joe


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