How often should your prop be dynamically balanced? There are differing opinions on this subject, and we wanted to weigh-in with ours.
Almost everyone in the flying community agrees that where balancing is concerned, once is not enough. You should not assume that once a prop is in balance, it stays in balance. There are simply too many ways a propeller can achieve an imbalance. Here are some conditions under which you should dynamically balance your prop:
Anytime any of the conditions listed above occur, the balance of your prop can change and dynamically checking the balance is advised.
Wood propellers require special attention because of variations in humidity. Typically, wood props should be retorqued and rebalanced every 25 hours, or anytime the aircraft experiences a shift in ambient humidity.
For more information on why to balance your prop, or on how to do it, enter your information on the Contact Us page to be contacted by a member of the DynaVibe team. The DynaVibe GX3 is a second-generation prop balancer with full-spectrum vibration analysis capability available for purchase online. The GX3 “learns” as you balance, making balancing quick and easy by telling you precisely how much weight to add and where to add it. It will balance your propeller with a minimum number of runups!