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 

Well here we are a couple of days into the school holidays with grey skies and showers which we normally associate with Easter time as well.

Easter for those non orthodox religions was two weeks or so ago, with ours being at the start of May.

Its ok for me being a Greek, i get two Easters and love it.

Whats new in the world of Propellers this month? Not alot. Gearing up for the grey nomad migration to the camping

spots up North with the sales of small engine Propellers noticeably higher.

They are obviously taking advantage of Our special on the opening page that is running pretty much all the time now due to popular demand.

The repair bench is back to normal now with waiting times down to within the same week so bring them on in, in the off season to avoid

waiting times in peak periods.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl 

 

Hello fellow prop users. Well we are back from the 30th Anniversary Celebrations in the factory in Tai chung and all I can say is WOW!. 

To actually do the same factory tour ten years down the track and see the Improvements in speed, and all out efficiency was mind blowing.

Impeller numbers are up around 1000 per day and Propellers are well over ten times that amount daily. It really is hard to believe unless you see it.

At a quick glance around production I spotted in OE Propellers, Suzuki, Tohatsu, Honda, Volvo, Brp, Yamaha Impellers, Seadoo Impellers and a whole lot more.

We are slowly settling back in to the routine with the repair bench probably being up to date by the end of the month.

cheers till next time

Michael and Cheryl

 

 

Well it is good to be on the ball and early for this months chat but not the reason for it.

With late notice I need to inform you all that We will be attending SOLAS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

30th Anniversary at the factory in Taiwan.

I was lucky enough to attend their 20th Anniversary celebrations so this will be even bigger.

Paul Zadnik will be in charge as normal with full contact with me in Taiwan.

We will be back to normal on Tuesday the 15 of March

All the best to you all.

Michael and Cheryl

 

Hello again, this is probably the wierdest start to a New year ive ever seen. Its very strange to see lightning and frontal activity etc rolling around

from suburb to suburb and at one stage even back out to sea. The Australia day weekend was the best example of it ive ever been in.

Business is brisk for this time of year with most boaties taking full advantage of holidays at home and the gaps in wierd weather to give

the vessel a good run.Tides have been pretty extreme during the full moon phase, you know, springs and neaps and all that stuff.

So be careful out there.

An old basic rule for you all, SEE BROWN GO AROUND. I swear by it ! might not work in the Swan though :)

Anyway, Propellers. Still got every imaginable propeller in stock in our Osborne Park factory.

So come on in and we can sort you out.

Cheers

Michael and Cheryl

Hello again. Please be informed that we are taking a short break next week to take full advantage

of Western Australia's version of Australia Day.

So we wiill be closed;

MONDAY THE 25TH AND TUESDAY THE 26 TH OF JANUARY.

Heres Hoping you have a safe and happy day too

Michael and Cheryl

 

Hello again, a surprising start to the month with an upsetting trend that seems to be creeping into boating fields of late.

On three instances this week, one walk in and two by phone, I have people that want me to identify after market

propellers and the pitches of the propeller so they can buy them elsewhere.

One gentleman even offered the name of the company that suggested that I could identify the prop for them

because they couldnt. Why would you deal with people that cant identify or measure a propeller properly?

Now I am all for saving money as well but common descency and manners prevail.

To the boy who purchased a Solas Propeller out of the U.S.A. only to find the pitch was too high,

no i will not exchange it for you here in Perth but would have if you bought it here.

Our pitch and prop exchange policy wins every time.

Dont even start on the word Warranty. Non existant on the cheapy Imports.

Finally,to the man with the blade broken completely off the propeller, REALLY? you went and bought the same brand again

to save a few bucks?

Happy and safe Boating!

 

Hello again. happy 2016. A week into it already and things are slowly getting back to normal. The repair bench is slowly emptying.

I am down to about a week behind now and chiselling away at it every day.

Nothing new to report at this early stage of the year but a visit to Taiwan in March for the 30th Anniversary of

Solas Science and Engineering usually brings a surprise or two to the market. Lets hope hey.

Excellent reports and feedback is coming in about the superior performance of the Solas Bravo 3 Propellers.

It seems the configuration chosen by Solas, with the 4 blade front and three blade rear is a winner!

I am sure copiers will do their stuff soon.

The new 18 pitch is a total success as it is the only one on the market. Good work Solas.

Thats about all for now

Cheers and happy boating

 

 

 

 

Well its Wednesday, the second last day of work this year for me and its 38 plus degrees outside.

My fellow boaties are sitting at Rotto having a cold beer and a hot cray. Have a great Christmas over there guys. 

The welding bench has been shut down this week and All of Januarys bench time is booked out already.

Our stock levels are high and we should be able to handle any request well into next year.

Id like to take this opportunity to thank all the people that have frequented Just Propellers WA in the past and hope to be able to help 

in any way I can in the future.

I will be opening tomorrow morning, the 24th until the phone stops ringing, lets say midday.

We will re open on Monday the 4 th of January 2016.

Many thanks and Merry Christmas to you all

Michael and Cheryl

 

December already. Not sure why im surprised. It happens the same way every year. It has been a very interesting Year to say the least.

From International incidents that reach way around the globe now and can even affect us way down here in Ozz on our own.

Its a changing World we live in.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of my loyal Dealers and Customers throughout the year and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Leading up to Christmas, I will be open up until 2.30pm on Thursday the 24th of December.

Reopening? not sure when yet. stay tuned :)

Merry Xmas

Michael and Cheryl

 

 

Today I unloaded a sea container full of Solas Propellers and we were lucky enough to get an extra allocation of

Tohatsu 12 pitch Stainless Steel units suitable for the Avon Descent racers.

Half of this order has gone already so please be quick.

Cheers  Michael

Welcome again to the Just Props monthly chat. I still arrive at work every day and truly get astounded at the prices some

people are prepared to pay for a Solas Propeller, Solas made Propeller or original equipment Propeller made in our factory. 

I am not interested in Mainland China or Korean made, no warranty stuff, just the Propellers that we make.

You know, the ones with the 5 year warranty.

I  get asked how other companies can sell cheaper than we do. It is very simple,

1. Quality of our manufacture exceeds all others

2. Warranty also the best of any maker

3.gst and import duties we pay to help this country grow

4.after sales service, repairs with workshops unmatched in W.A.

All this coming together to make Solas the preferred supplier to most major brands today.

So next time your passing Leeway Court in Osborne Park drop in and we will see if we can help you out

cheers

michael

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