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HelicopterEngines Plugs Mufflers Fuel › Nitro starter or cordless drill.
06-04-2010 03:25 PM  7 years agoPost 1
DH1

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Australia

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As I carry a cordless drill in my truck all the time anyway I use it to start my 600n with OS50. Always have it set on mild clutch setting and never had a problem. So, Since I have a drill that does the job why would i get myself a dedicated starter? The only thing I have heard against the drill is you can damage the engine if it hydro locks.(floods?)
So what do you guys use and why? and should I give Align my money for their sexy starter?

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06-04-2010 03:27 PM  7 years agoPost 2
z11355

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seen a fair # of people use cordless drills instead of a starter.

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06-04-2010 04:31 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Damper

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If it works for you save money and then more $ to buy fuel.

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06-04-2010 06:18 PM  7 years agoPost 4
bigwolf1

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The align starter is very nice and works well, easly getting 300 starts out of a 1600mah cx hyperoin batt instead of the 2100mah suggested which would five about 500 starts per charge.

To do a good 120 starter with duel 8.4v packs and adapter your looking at the same cost. and HEAVY.

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06-04-2010 06:54 PM  7 years agoPost 5
fastflyer20

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I use a Tower Hobbies starter and made it cordless with 2 2cell 2200 mah lipos ($10 each). It kicks a** and has lots more power than the Align so engines start easier - much cheaper too....

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06-04-2010 08:18 PM  7 years agoPost 6
Zaneman007

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If it works use it.
If money is burning a hole in your pocket, then by all means buy the align, $$$.

Old Guys Rule!

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06-04-2010 08:31 PM  7 years agoPost 7
lightningrc

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UK

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2 of my friends at my club have the align starters , and on a cold start with new 90's it struggles.

Twice they have had to borrow my faithfull 18v Dewalt , but if you only ever fly 50 size then its a nice neat unit and an alot lighter than my dewalt.

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06-05-2010 01:03 AM  7 years agoPost 8
brandov2

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az

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I use align starter.. With my 90 cold or hot it works flawless..If its weak its a battery..I usually end up starting all the 90s and 50s around..Not saying its the best but works great for me.. But if a drill works for you why not..!

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06-05-2010 03:28 AM  7 years agoPost 9
DH1

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Thanks for the replies. interesting to see who is using what. Is there a danger of damaging the engine in a hydrolock situation if the drill has the clutch set?

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06-05-2010 04:00 AM  7 years agoPost 10
jakeg1999

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I used to use a nice high end Dewalt drill, and it worked great until I started flying the 90's. It worked, but it did struggle a bit and the batteries wore quickly. I switched to the heavy duty dynatron starter which at the time ( I got it used for about $80) came with a lipo tray. I simply wired 2 old 3S lipos, and have had the drill starting 90's for a few years now without any issues. I rarely ever charge the batteries, and they were beat up before I started using them. If I had to do it all over again and with all the new starters out there today, I would do the same thing. It's a powerhorse.....As for hydrolocking, this starter has way more power than my $275 Dewalt drill had, so I would say you will be just fine with the drill. As for hydrolocking, just take some extra precautions before you start. If you pinch your fuel line to kill your motor, leave it pinched, and unpinch it right before or as you start your heli, assuming you also let the air out of the fuel tank if you are using a fuel pump. If the drill or any starter starts to bind or cause the heli to want to twist in your hand, stop immediately, pinch the fuel line, remove the glow plug, and fire the starter a couple times to clear it out....It's pretty simple......good luck with your decision....

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06-05-2010 04:13 AM  7 years agoPost 11
LonR

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I use a drill and its never had a problem starting my 90's with a 5 year old battery.If you get a good one with a adjustable clutch its better than any started imo.

600LE,OS55,OS PowerBoost pipe,Align 610's,Spartan

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06-05-2010 05:00 AM  7 years agoPost 12
Gernejr

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Miami, Fl

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Save yor money and buy more fuel.. The align's fine for 50 but hammers on 90's Not that comfortable in hand JMO...

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06-05-2010 09:01 AM  7 years agoPost 13
lightningrc

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UK

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Yes the Align will start a 90 but also does not spin the motor over quick enough as my dewalt drill always used in speed 2.

Which makes them start alot easier.

Yes I turn the clutch on incase it locks .

Like some one said who had trouble with there drill , if it was an 18 volt dewalt then you must have had faulty batteries.

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06-05-2010 10:04 AM  7 years agoPost 14
Heli Davey

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springfield,mass

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My vote goes to the align starter!!small compact sexy & starts my 90 & 50 every time!!

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06-05-2010 12:08 PM  7 years agoPost 15
CX1

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Canada

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can't beat my torque master90 on 4S 4000mah 25C
used on a 50 size
charge 1 -2 times per season
probably has enough power to start my car

" Team Protoast "

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06-05-2010 05:45 PM  7 years agoPost 16
baby uh1

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St. James, Mo.

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I use my drill. Has more power than my starter does hooked to a car battery. Works great,no problems.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-06-2010 07:01 AM  7 years agoPost 17
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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my buddy uses an align starter and really likes it. never had any problems with it.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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