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Old 07-08-2017, 13:56   #1
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Cutlass removal tool for rent Tampa

I have my Pearson on the hard for some much needed love, I am trying to locate a cutlass removal tool for rent, I don't mind driving if anyone knows one for rent I would appreciate it, thanks
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Re: Strut removal tool for rent Tampa

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a strut, and why would you want to remove it?
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Old 07-08-2017, 14:18   #3
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Thanks for the heads up, I met cutlass removal from the strut
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The cutless bearing normally comes right out - remove the set screws (usually 2) and take a hack saw blade taped at one end and saw a kerf into the bearing - do the same at the other end. Sounds hard, but it takes only a few minutes usually. Tap the bearing lightly with a screw driver and it separates from the strut, dropping into your hands.
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Re: Strut removal tool for rent Tampa

I believe that he is trying to remove the cutlass bearing without removing the prop shaft. Suggest you check the web for home built alternatives. I rented one from a member of another forum. Check around.
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Re: Strut removal tool for rent Tampa

They're not particularly all that complex to make. And were I good at posting pic's I'd put aa couple up to show you how simple the design is/can be.

Though as stated, removing them with the shaft out is a lot easier, so why not just go that route? I'd probaby require less time than driving all over to borrow a tool which may or may not work on your particular boat. Or the time spent fabricating a custom one for your boat.

It'd give you a chance to inspect all of the fittings on the shaft, including, & especially, the hose which holds your packing gland.
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Re: Cutlass removal tool for rent Tampa

Hi John,

I can't help with finding a tool to rent, but can share what we ended up doing earlier this year when we also needed to replace our cutlass bearing without removing the prop shaft... [The strut would have to be dropped to remove our shaft, and I opted not to...]

I bought some excellent, purpose made tooling from Strutpro.com. It made the task easy to manage, and I can take it with me while cruising.

If you are interested, photos and more details are available in this blog post.

Best wishes getting things resolved.

Cheers! Bill
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Re: Strut removal tool for rent Tampa

What I have done is cut up and old tape measure in six inch strips, then slide the strips in between the shaft and the bearing. The steel tape measure material is curved, so will fit the curvature of the shaft naturally and is made of spring steel so is tougher than the bearing material. Then you can drill the bearing material with a long drill bit, with no worry about scoring the soft bronze or SS propeller shaft! And the only real cost is the loss of one tape measure and a long drill bit!
These strips also work great for installing rings on pistons if a ring expander isn't handy!
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Re: Strut removal tool for rent Tampa

Boat yards have cutlass removal presses. Are you in a yard?
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I have a massively overkill tool I built you are welcome to use. It's designed with my boat in mind which has a 1" shaft. It would not work really unless it was modified for anything else. I have a machine shop and built it from 3/4" plate discs. My uncle used it on his catalina 36 and it worked great for both of us.

You'd just need to pay for shipping both ways.
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Re: Strut removal tool for rent Tampa

Heres the tool I built.

In the first pic, the left side is the bow side, right side of tool in stern.

The left disc slips over the shaft, the right disc slides onto shaft from rear.

The left disc has a small counter bore to hold the drive sleeves inline with shaft, also helped by adding a couple hose clamps that get removed once it's really in there. You can see this bore in the right pic with one sleeve removed.

The gold things are brass. On the threaded rod this is done to prevent galling and steel on steel so they are just washers. There is one on my mockup 1" steel shaft just peeking out. This is a pilot bearing to keep right disc concentric. Once the cutlass bearing pushes through, it just pushes my pilot bearing out of the way and it stays concentric.

The doodads on top of the pic are (L to R) Pusher to drive in new cutlass, random spacer, another random spacer, 1 5/16" socket, other random washers.

Like I said it was made specifically for my boat which has a 1" shaft and the cutlass bearing is 1 1/4" OD Johnson Duramax BACK bearing specifically which is 4" long
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Re: Strut removal tool for rent Tampa

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I have a 1991 Hunter 28 with a 1' shaft and need to replace my cutlass bearing and do not care to remove my shaft i'm located in Port Orange Fl do you rent your removal tool. Noel
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Re: Cutlass removal tool for rent Tampa

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I have my Pearson on the hard for some much needed love, I am trying to locate a cutlass removal tool for rent, I don't mind driving if anyone knows one for rent I would appreciate it, thanks
Another option is to just hire a local mechanic who has a cutlass bearing puller.

I can't speak for everyone, but we charge $250 labour for a standard prop or $350 for a folding or feathering prop.

If the customer removes the prop, $200.

How much is it going to cost you per day on the hard in yard fees, wasting time trying to find a cutlass bearing puller to rent?

Folks have asked to rent mine in the past.

The answer was sure, either way it's $100 / hr.

But if you hire me, I come along with the tool, do all the work, and warrant the job.

If you rent the tool from me, the hourly rate is the same, but it will likely take you longer because you haven't done it a hunnert times before.

Additionally, if you hire me with it, and the tool gets damaged, I pay for it.

If you rent the tool from me, and it gets damaged, you buy me a new one out of your deposit.

Sometimes, when it doesn't make sense to buy the tool, it makes sense to hire the guy who owns one an knows how to use it.
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