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01-13-2009 01:25 AM  9 years agoPost 1
zackesch

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I have seen the starter shaft that will fit in a drill. How many people do this?

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01-13-2009 01:33 AM  9 years agoPost 2
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If you search it, there is a long Thread on it.

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01-13-2009 02:37 AM  9 years agoPost 3
TaleGunner

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Right tool for the right job but it will work

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01-13-2009 02:42 AM  9 years agoPost 4
Way2slow

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Not all heli's have a oneway bearing. If you're does not, you have to use a starting wand with a oneway and those won't fit in a drill.

You have to run the drill in reverse, some drills don't like that and the chuck can come loose or open up enough so it quits qripping the starter wand.

Some drills may not spin the motor fast enough to make the motor start.

I left my starter motor at a flying field a couple of months ago and haven't had a chance to go get it and have been starting my Hyper 50's with a drill. My 18V Milwaukee works fine, but my 18V Makita doesn't work worth a crap. I also use an adapter that takes my starter wand up to 1/2 for the drill to grip.

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01-13-2009 03:49 AM  9 years agoPost 5
zackesch

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My heli does have a one way bearing in the main gear for auto rotation. What 6mm starting shaft do you recommend?

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01-13-2009 04:21 AM  9 years agoPost 6
Way2slow

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The oneway I'm refering to is going to be in the fan/clutch assy so it bites when the starter is turning it but the motor can rev up and without running against the starter motor.

As for starting wands, and your's using a hex drive, I don't like those ball end one. It didn't take long for the ball to eat the sockets out of both my Trex and my Kinetic 50. I cut the ball end off and welded a short section of allen wrench on the end. While using the drill, on the other end I have the center section out of a Century starting wand. That gives the drill a much larger diameter to grip and doesn't spin in the drill as bad as just the shaft does.

I will also say, for no more than they cost, my starter motor works a hellavalot better. My starter motor is just a cheap Hobbico 90 with an 18V power pack and I believe that thing would start a Mac truck if you stuck it to it. I'm just using the drill until I can get back and pick up my starter motor.

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01-13-2009 04:49 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Dwntyme

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You can use it I used one on My Trex 600N for 3 months with no troubles at all. However, I eventualy bought myself a real starter... Use it and have fun...

BTW For the starter shaft I used a 12" extention for a paddle bit from walmart that has a grub screw to hold the hex bit in place...

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01-13-2009 04:51 AM  9 years agoPost 8
bigdog714

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Be careful, a cordless drill can be far stronger than a starter and cause damage. A friend snapped the starter shaft on his 600N with a drill, the motor flooded and locked up, the shaft snapped.

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01-13-2009 04:54 AM  9 years agoPost 9
Dwntyme

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This true. use the #3 setting on drill it has the least amount of torque. or if it has a clutch set it at med range..

Love a Twitchy Heli.... :) and Remmington Model 700

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01-13-2009 04:54 AM  9 years agoPost 10
zackesch

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A starter may be the best thing for me to use. I dont want to stress anything in the gear train that shouldn't be.

My os 32 does have the cone starter on the back of the engine. I could use that too, although i have to tip the heli because its on the bottom. I do have 2 3600 7.2v battery backs i can use "i dont want to lug around a jell cell." What do you think?

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01-13-2009 05:01 AM  9 years agoPost 11
JRjoe

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Do a search. Lots of times a drill will have a hammering effect on the motor. Your much better off getting a real starter.

Just my 2 cents...


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01-13-2009 02:56 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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I do have 2 3600 7.2v battery backs i can use "i dont want to lug around a jell cell." What do you think?
Mine are not 3600 but they start everything from a 30 to a 90 with no issues ever.

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01-13-2009 03:15 PM  9 years agoPost 13
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Drill will work however, not optimal, use setting 3 and have a oneway bearing!
Good Luck

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01-14-2009 10:34 AM  9 years agoPost 14
airwipper

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( MUTT ) ur such a joke you are so negative towards people here on rr. people like you should not be allowed to post.. get a life !!!!

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01-14-2009 01:01 PM  9 years agoPost 15
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( MUTT ) ur such a joke you are so negative towards people here on rr. people like you should not be allowed to post.. get a life !!!!
What are you talking about? I post the battery system I use and you say this? What is so negitive and insulting about this post? I think you need to go back to bed and start over again. If you dont like what I say or post put me on ignore pretty simple.

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01-14-2009 01:09 PM  9 years agoPost 16
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Hey Airwhiner,read Mutts post,you can do that can't you? Then read your post,let it sink in if you need to for a minute,then see who is being negative.

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01-14-2009 02:44 PM  9 years agoPost 17
Skarn

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I use a cordless drill for my Raptor 50....I have a starter but prefer the drill hands down.

Look at the other thread....a LOT of us use the drill without any issues.

Skarn

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01-14-2009 02:55 PM  9 years agoPost 18
zackesch

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airwipper, I had no issue with Mutt's post. It was helpful and answered my question.

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01-14-2009 03:55 PM  9 years agoPost 19
Mutt

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Thanks zackesch
I did a little research on this guy and it seems he has gone after some others for no apparent reason. Thats ok he just made himself look like a fool if you ask me. I just consider the source I look at the time he posted at 2:34 am and figured he must of just got in from the bar and had a few to many. Who knows.

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01-14-2009 05:19 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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Mine are not 3600 but they start everything from a 30 to a 90 with no issues ever
I fail to see the negativity in this post.

Setting that aside, I never had much luck with those wands, I have 3300s on mine and I chewed up the oneways on two of them. I have the new Sullivan, no problems so far. I know the mAh has nothing to do with the tork, and my 90 was eatin' those wands.

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