Hello again, its nearly Christmas again. They come around quickly these days.

Well we are fully stocked up for the new year ahead so there really is not a propeller we cannot supply out

of the extensive range we carry. From memory i cut myself short on 11 pitch 25 johnson propellers so that

not too bad. We are seeing a huge range of shortages in engines, gearboxes and propellers from other makers.

You just cant sell it if you havent got it. I wise old mentor of mine said that 15 years ago when we set up the shop.

This is extremely evident this week when I lent a rescue crew a left hand rotation propeller because their engine supplier

couldnt supply a right hand gearbox. Part of our service is to keep the rescue boat on the water but, really?

So whats new this month?

16 pitch. we seem to be having a run on setups that require split pitches .

So SOLAS  came to the party.

We can now supply;

D 3 X 13.5 X16 right hand stainless for 60-140 hp

E 3 X 15 .3 X 16 left and right stainless for v6 gearbox

and E4 X 14.5 X 14 and 16 pitch hr titan 4 blade right only. these are exclusive to W.A.

Thats about all for now

Cheers

Michael and Cheryl

Hello again, its been a  busy month, with us being away in August, then rushing to Sydney to support

the Eagles in their quest for finals glory and now back to business and straight into a boatshow.

We will need to close this FRIDAY THE 22ND OF SEPTEMBER, to man the stand. Number 2 booth inside

if you are visiting. It would be nice to see you.

As a special boatshow thankyou, approach me to sign a $100.00  off voucher  for any stainless purchase

115 horsepower and above.Retail customers only, one per person.

cheers for now,

Michael and Cheryl 

Hello again, I need to inform you all that we will be closing the business for a 3 week period

due to some very slack and unprofessional relief staff that I had organised that decided to cancel

at the last minute. 

 

CLOSING PERIOD IS FROM;

MONDAY THE 7TH OF AUGUST THROUGH TO AND

REOPENING ON MONDAY THE 28TH OF AUGUST

Many thanks for your kind understanding on this matter.

Cheers,

Michael and Cheryl 

The july school holidays are with us again.

Generally its the time to head up North or overseas depending on which floats ya boat.

Its also a time to book in for the yearly service on the engine you are running. Most mechanics are sitting

around waiting for the phone to ring this time year so take a tip from me and service now and not in the

heat of the pre Summer rush when every man and his dog wants it done straight away. Its the same in my

workshop. You want a rebush or rebuild done? Now is the time compared with a 3 week wait after October.

You may have noticed  the extension of our Bravo 2 sale for another month. It has been so successful that

we would be silly to end it now. So check it out. Big savings to be made on those.

Thats about all for now

cheers,

Michael and Cheryl

What an amazing month has just passed. May was a total surprise with many new fitups in areas that are not

well renowned for big engine sales. We were glad we were asked to help and in all cases achieved the correct

rpm on the first trialls.This helps when the dealers have to take the vessel on seatrials to sign off on warranties.

They like to get it right the first time. We find this sets the scene for the engines life, being set up correctly from

new. So I would suggest that when hunting for that new engine that you ask if seatrials are undertaken to make

sure its all ok from new.

Propellers. Not much is new this month with development of higher horsepower engines in most brands there is

a trend to go 4 blade to handle the extra horsepower but for the better efficiency the large diameter 3 blade is

the go unless on a cat or twin, triple or quad installation. Then the 4 blade excels.

Dont forget to check our front page for this months special . Its the best ever on Bravo 2 Propellers.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl 

02.06.2017 Further to this years NBN changeover and our phone problems here at work, it has been brought to our attention

that I do not answer the phone quickly enough. We had a chat to iinet and it seems that with voip phone systems

they ring at least six times before it even sounds here once. So best ring a bit longer until I find a better solution.

Cheers 

Hello again, May already and just look outside at that great boating weather. Almost makes me want to

shut up shop and head for Rottnest Island and lose myself.

Seems to be a trouble free start to the month with signs of things hotting up in the dry season up north

and Boaties getting ready to mothball their boat in the metro area. Same every year. Its like clockwork.

One thing that has come up in general phone conversations and some dealers sales pitches is the fact

that no all propellers are made in the SOLAS factory but it is surprising how many people try to sell their 

own unmarched brands off as SOLAS. Its very simple. If the propeller has a small oval gold SOLAS sticker

inside the exhaust flare or the name SOLAS cast into the propeller then it is one of ours.

Certainly being stamped "made in U.S.A" should be a sign that it did not come out of the SOLAS factory. 

I suppose it should be taken as a compliment but selling lower quality castings off as SOLAS and then trying

to get top dollar as well just means they think we are all stupid too!

So, back to my old sales pitch of, ask for SOLAS by name. Manufacturers and distributors that are not afraid

of the WARRANTY word.

Cheers for now,

Michael and Cheryl

Here it is 10 days into April and Ive just remembered to do this. School holidays are up and running with the

phones running hot from all over the state asking for quick propeller deliveries to the remote places.

Well, it just aint happening any more. Even a $25.00 yellow express bag to say, Exmouth, takes around three

days if your lucky. We do our best as I suppose couriers do but it is still best to carry a spare with you.

 

WEBSITES ! Mine has been hacked by some wonderful person. It is repaired now but still shows the scares on

google saying that it is dangerous. I am assured it is safe to look at.

We are weeks away from releasing our first online purchasing section which i will special say six items a

month at hugely reduced prices so stay tuned. The first item will be a 21 pitch suzuki four stroke propeller

for $545.00 in stainless steel delivered .

This is only available in W.A.

Cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Sitting in my office waiting for the day to end so the weekend can relax me. Up to the front door comes a

man with a small claim sheet in his hand relating to last MAY 2016 blog "johnny the flog" who used his

gearbox in reverse for 10 hours, ruined his gearbox and wanted me to pay for his stupidity because

he didnt want to spoil his 3 week holiday by missing out on two days of fishing.

I am so happy I wrote a brief but accurate account of the situation at the time because ol johnny the toss

has waited nearly 12 months to act. I am so looking forward to my day in court.

Any other mechanical workshops or suppliers that want this persons name are welcome to ring me.

He is poisonous so avoid him at all costs.

Be accountable for your own actions hey:)

cheers

Michael

Hello again, not so much of a rant this month but a fact session if you like. Three separate clients this week

all complaining about Bravo 2 rebushing of SOLAS Bravo 2 Propellers done elsewhere at $300.00 per prop

only to fail easily after the second or third use. This is met with statements when returning the failures, like

"SOLAS are crap products" and "you should buy original products". He should stop that :).

Why people would pay to get these repairs done twice before bringing them back to the agent for the

correct bush replacement to be fitted also astounds me.

 

SOLAS Rebushing done by us involves;

removal of the old bush

solvent cleaning of the opening

linishing with a dye grinder to etch the surface

press, tapers and dyes for that bush

7 tonne maximum with no heat used 

time is not an issue which when rushed, leads to the use of the above (heat) which weakens the bush

the use of superior 98 composite SOLAS made rubber bushes compared to 92 composite of others

Other repairers may or may not practice the above but surely if a failure occurs within a certain period

a business can supply a warranty for work done rather than bag the product.

If you cant do a job why take the persons money?

Once a propeller has been butchered elsewhere,I would have to check tolerances first before

attempting to repair it as the heat and extra pressure used then makes it too risky. 

Finally, keeping your propeller as clean as possible ,especially inside the exhaust flare will prolong its life. 

Cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Had a lovely afternoon yesterday sitting in Parker Point till nearly sunset watching the many boats

of all types doing the mad rush home before dark.One thing that stuck out like dogs bollocks was

the huge amount of cavitation around in non SOLAS propped vessels. I recall most of the boat I get

to fix and the ones that are propped non SOLAS. One vessel , I will not name,even had to stop and trim

the engines in to get on the plane.This can be just so dangerous in open ocean conditions and

should be sorted out.

We can do this and this is what we need in order to help;

boat size and type

engines size and type

propeller sizes, pitches and type

wide open throttle rpm and speed acquired at that rpm.

So basically all the information we ask for on our contact sheet on www.propellers.com.au

Feel free to call me with this info and we can see what can be done.

08 92449255

cheers

Michael and Cheryl

 

Hello again, just having a brief moment in the office after a fast pace start to the month and I thought I would

do this months story quickly. No major hassles to date only an observation on boating people both professional

and amateur and its to do with lond periods of downtime with boats sitting in the water. We all know buildups

of growth occur in the Winter months but actually Sunny times are when the wind stops us from using our boats

but the sun keeps the growing process happening and before we know it, dirty bum!

Now this normal and sorry to say many people thing a good blast down the river will clean this off.

Well, normally  it does but with outboard and sterndrive units, the bushing system in all Propellers comes

under too much strain and a spun bush usually occurs.This can be costly and involve at least a weeks downtime

not to mention removal and replacement costs. In the last weeks I have even had a mechanic do this to a clients

boat to try and save a lift out to clean things.

Further to rebushing, SOLAS makes its own bushes in house in the factory so we are not held to the lower

composite strength rubber that others use, ie, we boast 98 composite compared to 92 composite from others.

Meaning our rubber is harder and more durable. I actually warrant our rebushing but others do not.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Hello again. 24 days into the month before I even look like doing this blog. Compliments of the season to you all.

There has been a steady stream of clients in the door this year with a good cross section of new builds,

repairs and upgrades as I see people have stayed at home for Xmas this year and using their boats more

instead of going overseas. After the 8 day stay at Rottnest this year just gone I wished I went to less windy Bali:)

I have had a series of very simple prop failures coming through that is a worrying trend. Simple run through the

sand issues that spin a bush too easily, the same type of hit also causing a whole blade loss from the housing.

It seems to be on the cheaper brands available, non SOLAS, obviously, that just do not use or practice the

squeeze casting in their alloy propellers , thus making them more porous and weaker. Remember you pay for

what you get and get what you pay for.

Keep an eye out for our new house boat thruster propellers for 40-60 horsepower 13 spline engines with the

reverse exhaust flare to aid in reversing. Available now.

Also, we have decided that Australia Day on a Thursday means that Friday we wont be open. i hope you all 

understand and have a good break as well

cheers,

Michael and Cheryl

 

Michaels December rant!

I had occasion to supply a Perth man, lets call him Fabulous Phil, with a propeller he ordered off the Solas Queensland website.

This is fine ,we do this all the time but remember, the Perth area orders come out of this Perth office and at the price you clicked on.

I received the order on Tuesday the 29th November at 9.52 am. It had OMC and MERCURY listed as the type required.

At 10.00am i sent Fabulous Phil an email to check which propeller to supply.

I continue on with my busy pre xmas week. Then on  Friday I start sorting paperwork and have not heard a thing from Fabulous Phil

so I decide to send him the most common propeller and hope its correct.

Saturday 7.52am, 5 days later, I get an email enquiring as to where fabulous phil's propeller is.

I answered this email within 4 minutes.

12.33 pm Saturday fabulous Phil sends an abusive reply to Solas Qld and myself with words like prick and dickhead only proving

that Fabulous Phil didnt realise that in Perth the plastic propeller is $29.00 and from QLD including delivery was $59.00.

So Fabulous Phil decides he is going to bad mouth me on google reviews( get his surname from there) which I am fine with but also

deserve the right to reply even if I have to use this blog.

So Fabulous Phil, the moral of the story is, check your emails more often, buy local its cheaper and when you bad mouth someone

without a real course that you will get some back in return.

I am totally committed to supplying the correct Propeller for your engine needs.

I have had reason to question people orders lately knowing full well they were wrong.

We always give advise based on experience and  our documented trials.

Now ive got that off my chest its down to getting on with the busy buildup to Xmas

CHEERS

Michael

 

Here we are the end on 2016. Its been an interesting year for us to say the least with dealerships swapping and changing 

between engine makers, these makers fighting for a small market of somewhat loyal buyers that really like quality.

For example, not many people know that Mercury own a good portion of Tohatsu and a major part of Tohatsu 4 strokes

are now Honda engines and yet Mercury and Honda are full on competitors. It is the same with Propellers.

We make for every maker accept Mercury and Yamaha but Volvo, Tohatsu, Honda and Suzuki seem to think we do it right. 

On to the end of year.

Just Propellers WA  Trading hours this end of year are;

FRIDAY 23RD OF DECEMBER CLOSING

WEDNESDAY THE 4TH OF JANUARY RE OPENING

REPAIRS AND THE WORKSHOP CLOSING ON FRIDAY THE 16TH OF DECEMBER.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of Our Valued customers as friends and pass on

Our best wishes for the Christmas season.

All the Best

Michael and Cheryl

First off I would like to thank the 87 people that took me up on the Mandurah Boat Show discount ticket offer.

It seems as though you were all rather happy with saving your ticket and presenting it here. I might consider doing

it again next year. Thanks again for your support.

Not long until Christmas even though we will be staying here and working up until the 23th of december, the Friday.

We are still undecided on Our re opening dates but have the Monday the 9th in mind at present depending on the weather.

Phones!. I know ive been harping on it but when you buy a system on the 2nd of September, expect it working on the 8th of September

but are even today, the 2nd of November, still being screwed around by them, its just not right!

So please be tolerant of this as it is out of our hands.You can try the numbers on the contact page and see what happens.

I will look after you when you finally get me, you know that :)

UPDATE ON THE PHONE MESS. STILL NOT GOOD.IF THE PHONE RINGS OUT I HAVE MY MOBILE IN MY TOP POCKET AT ALL TIMES

0418 952852

Cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Boatshow time again means we are in October. It means alot of things to me, my Charter boat survey month, last order

before Christmas goes to SOLAS for January delivery and generally people get set for the oncoming boating year.

I truly hope its better than the start we have had so far.

Phones. After nearly a solid month of crap we are not even back to where we started, 3 phone lines and a toll free

number all diverted to my mobile. So if you are having an engaged signal or message bank , we are sorry.

This swap to NBN has been an absolute desaster!

To make it up to you all and sort of a "not going to the boatshow special", we are offering a special discount for

boatshow visitors. All you have to do in the month of October is to show up at Just Propeller WA with your boatshow

ticket and we will give you;

$150.00 off a stainless steel propeller or

$75.00 off an aluminium propeller

This is for engines bigger than 75 horsepower and is limited to one per person.

Further to the SOLAS brand, we at Just Propellers WA are pleased to announce Our alignment of SOLAS and Honda

Warranties and We will supply a SEVEN Year Warranty on SOLAS Propellers supplied by us fitted to any HONDA Engine

in Western Australia. Our normal 5 year warranty applies to all other Propellers as normal.

This far exceeds any other Propeller maker or supplier in the world. How do we do it? Easy . Superior Product.

Enjoy

Michael and Cheryl

Hello all, bloody hell September already. Soon be Christmas.I really start counting them these days as it comes around so quickly. 

The world of Propellers doesnt change much these days with the only innovations being in metals used and their ability to maintain strength and durability.

SOLAS is well renowned for being the pacesetter for its Alloy and Stainless Steel formulae which are virtually impossible to copy.

Any comparisons or attempts to copy Our metals are always met with huge failures.You notice this the minute you open a SOLAS box.

Products to look forward to before christmas 2016 include a SOLAS bigfoot reverse thrust propeller for 60hp engines and some new 148mm jetpump

upgrades from 144mm . Feel free to call me on these for more information.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

 

 

Hello again, it is a noticeably cooler and wetter Winter this year which does tend to have an affect on sales in the Metro

area but obviously we are all spending more time up North to avoid this and rightly so.

The first weekend in August usually means Avon Descent racing which we have been supplying to for over 15 years

and can say that SOLAS Propellers have featured in as many as 28 out of the top 30 places and no less than 24 for as

long as we have been involved. Again with a superior product.

We wish all competitors both power and paddle all the best and safe travels for next weekend.

Moving on, we are experiencing numbers of 10 year old, yes 10 year old Bravo 2 SOLAS Propellers coming in for rebushing. 

Seriously this is pretty amazing considering that we see other brands that do not last to the 2 year mark.

Well done again Solas Science and Engineeering for producing products that far exceed the others.

To help the above bravo 2 owners that are using PROPSPEED etc, It is very important to also protect and clean the internal bush

and exhaust section of these propellers to prolong bush life and avoid failure.

Just because you cant see buildup doesnt mean it isnt there

Cheers

Michael and Cheryl

 

Hello again, well here we are half way through 2016, school holidays and freezing bloody cold.

I can see the old trend of fine fishing weather through the week and absolute rubbish on the weekends again.

Not good for business and worse for my boating life as well. It may be time to get that propeller of yours checked

again because as well know the October long weekend comes around very quickly these days and before we

know it we will hard back at it again.

These days emailling or texting photos of damaged propellers can be an easier way of getting a rough estimate

and whether a repair can be done or not. Far easier than coming in or freighting it to me so feel free to do so.

0418952852 for text and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for emails.

Remember we repair Original Equipment and Solas Propellers only.

Cheers again,

Michael and Cheryl

Hello again, May is upon us already and the Annual fishing trips up North are full on. We get many requests for spare

Propellers to take along so that the Holiday doesnt get stalled without a propeller after a bingle.We can help out with

a very reasonably priced spare either new or secondhand if available.

Now, there is an increasing trend becoming evident in todays boating population and that is a "blood out of a stone mentality".

I by no means profess to know everything and I admit to making mistakes. We all do. But when it comes to being the

excuse man, its always my fault type of stuff, Id rather let you go and deal elsewhere. Sorry. But the last couple of customers

have brought this on. I will explain.

A man came in last month and asked me to fit a pair of stainless four blades to his Cat as the ones he had where wrong.

Over the course of 45 minutes ( he bartered like a poor/richman), I stated, " remember a simple rule, left on the left and right

on the right and you wont go wrong"

He never acknowledged that only saying , I dont know mechanics. I proceeded to fit them, charge them out and he was on his way.

The following Friday afternoon i get a call at 5.30pm at home, my phone is diverted phone to my mobile, abusing me for

putting the wrong propeller on the left hand side. He then explained that he decided to go fishing and run the gearbox

in reverse all day damaging the gearbox and  I would be expected to cover costs and get him a propeller up to Exmouth

asap which he/we organised on the Monday. Now he wants a refund on the damaged, used for 10 hours propeller, in reverse!!!!!!

Sorry cant help you!

 

Next is rebushing. If I feel that a Propeller is a risky proposition to rebush but you still wish to take the risk, I will

ask for payment up front which means that you take the risk of it failing and dont wish to take my advise. This happens on

propellers older than 5 years or so or badly corroded alloy versions. Its rare but does happen.

What are the chances of it happening to the brother of the man above with the cat?

Sorry boys. I can only do my best

cheers

Michael and Cheryl 

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