I have a Lasdrop Gen II unit that's about 2 years old. I did have one episode of it leaking under load, but I think I have other shafting / alignment issues that account for that. I'll know soon enough as the shaft is coming out this weekend.
The Gen II seems to be well made and my email
to customer support was answered by a phone
call from one of their people within 3 hrours. Great customer service
from my experience thus far.
I spoke with a local yard owner about repairing / replacing my current
Lasdrop. He really
spoke highly of the Tides Strong Seal and all but said that's the only type he would install. His clientelle is primarily the power boat
crowd. If you want to speak with him send me a PM and I'll give you his #.
Looking at the Strong Seal info...I like the idea of having a spare lip seal mounted on the shaft. My only question / concern is that they require a pressurized water
supply line. So if I lose my raw water
impeller do I also then lose the shaft seal
? That would not be good.... Not sure that's the case but was one of the questions I had about those units. They are about 2 -3 times more expensive than the Lasdrop units from my brief research
from last fall.
I'm sure you'll also hear from the stuffing box / flax packing crowd here too. It's good to have choices eh?