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Old 01-29-2010, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Crash cost comparison part II

OK... I added more helis. Every crash is different.. but these are some common parts that need replacing. All parts are stock. From Helidirect or Amain Hobbies.

WITH MAIN BLADES



WITHOUT MAIN BLADES

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Old 01-29-2010, 11:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would change the 450 pro main blades to the wood 325 pro @ $12.50. Then it gives a better comparison to the Blade 400 which you have priced with wood blades.
Interesting comparison.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I know.. many ways to save money.. but I just went straight stock to keep things fair.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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interesting that the trex 600 costs less to fix than the 500,then I suppose the belt drive 500 would be less than the esp

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Old 01-29-2010, 11:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I know. Crazy.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I still say this would paint a better picture if you used more scienceness about it.
Main blades isnt really a good variable because of the range. It doesn't make a good independent variable nor dependent. Same with tail blades.

First what needs to be agreed upon are the standard crash parts that are proprietary to a model (meaning not blades as you can go anywhere for quite the selection of the same exact thing).

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Opps.. I need to fix the 600. Forgot the TT gears etc
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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How come none of these comparisons ever include the main bearings and grip bearings? I generally always see most of them getting trashed in a crash.

I wish my 600n's crashes cost as much as the 600esp in the spreadsheet. I generally see double the cost. I wonder if it's cause the Align main blades are almost 2x the listed in the sheet.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Because bearings are dirt cheap! Just add $6 for every heli if you want to replace all 8 or so shaft bearings.
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Also people dont usually go to the heli maker for the bearings .. just like with blades the aftermarket selection is usually used and varies quite a bit.
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I get these... AWESOME bearings. Dirt cheap!

http://www.helidirect.com/advanced_s...abec-3&x=0&y=0
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I like my 450SE, /w gorrila gear and CF boom. What a tank. Main blades, main and feathering shaft, maybe the gear, one hour and back together.
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Also people dont usually go to the heli maker for the bearings .. just like with blades the aftermarket selection is usually used and varies quite a bit.
I guess I'm just lazy

Thanks for the correction on the spreadsheet. It looks a lot closer to my normal crash as far as price.
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Of course the one thing that surely quantifies real crash costs isn't part of th comparison. Larger models generally crash less depending upon your flying style.
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Align 250 added!
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any other requests to add to the list?
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Cool thread slyster. The Pro crash cost is similar to what I experienced. I agree that the main shaft and main blade grip bearings are another essential crash replacement. The bearing prices are not that much different though between all the helis, so you could just add roughly the same amount to each one.

This will definitely give a ballpark figure on crash costs for each model, but different models hold up in crashes differently and the parts will be different.

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A factor I need to add in is the cost of parts I break during assembly
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Mmmmm, look how that B400 stands out for its low repair cost!! Even cheaper if you get the parts from Heliproz South .

http://www.ronlund.com/Merchant2/mer..._Code=BLADE400
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:15 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Seems the blades are the main cost difference on all the birds, the parts aren't much more than the others really. Makes me want to find cheap blades for a 600 and get one of those or the outrage 550!
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