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Old 09-09-2013, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default RDLohr's Swash Leveling Zip Tool

Rick Lohr, Rush owner and owner of RDLohr's Clearly Superior Products sent me his latest tool to look over: the Swash Leveling Zip Tool.

Many of you have used Rick's products over the years like me and have come to think of Rick as a savior. His low-cost, highly innovative products have been a staple of my tool box for years. The Swash Leveling Zip Tool does not disappoint!

Its beauty is in its simplicity. Many of us have used a zip tie to level a swash plate in a pinch. Rick's tool takes the place of a zip tie and it's adjustable for various swash types. It also comes in many different sizes for those of us with many different sized helicopters. Size is determined by the diameter of the main shaft. Since the Rush has a 12mm main shaft, Rick sent the 12mm version.



This is the tool! It's deceptively simple. It's one-piece with a screw! Note the different drilled holes. The holes are used to align the screw with different swash plates. The large end of the tool is a C-clip. It literally snaps on to the main shaft.



For the Rush, I used the third hole from the C-Clip end. At first I tried to use the tool with the screw screwed all the way in. I found the screw end would only make partial contact with the swash, so Rick suggested I flip the screw over--it worked perfectly!



Next, disengage your pinion from the main gear, turn on your transmitter, then your helicopter electronics.

For a quick check at the field, all you need to do is set your transmitter pitch curve for 50in/out. This should give you zero pitch and a level swash. For a full setup, follow your FBL unit's manual. This tool is great for both!



Since the elevator link on the Rush 750 is used as a guide for leveling the swash, snap the tool on the main shaft and slide it down the main shaft until the head of the screw comes in contact with the elevator ball link mount.



To check to see if the other link mounts are level, just turn the head! The tool will move with the main shaft.



If your swash is not level, this is what you will see. Looks like a link needs to be adjusted!

Rick's tool is brilliant! It makes quick field checks and full setups a breeze. Remember, Rick's tool is available in various sizes for your other helicopters! Check it out at www.rdlohr.com!

Thanks Rick! You've got a winner here!

Scott

PS. The swash is not at 50in/out in these pictures I know.
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Thats very cool!! I'd love to have one myself.. I hate having to remove the head with the traditional leveling tools..
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I forgot to mention that! It's a head-on tool!

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Rick Lohr, Rush owner and owner of RDLohr's Clearly Superior Products sent me his latest tool to look over: the Swash Leveling Zip Tool.

Many of you have used Rick's products over the years like me and have come to think of Rick as a savior. His low-cost, highly innovative products have been a staple of my tool box for years. The Swash Leveling Zip Tool does not disappoint!

Its beauty is in its simplicity. Many of us have used a zip tie to level a swash plate in a pinch. Rick's tool takes the place of a zip tie and it's adjustable for various swash types. It also comes in many different sizes for those of us with many different sized helicopters. Size is determined by the diameter of the main shaft. Since the Rush has a 12mm main shaft, Rick sent the 12mm version.



This is the tool! It's deceptively simple. It's one-piece with a screw! Note the different drilled holes. The holes are used to align the screw with different swash plates. The large end of the tool is a C-clip. It literally snaps on to the main shaft.



For the Rush, I used the third hole from the C-Clip end. At first I tried to use the tool with the screw screwed all the way in. I found the screw end would only make partial contact with the swash, so Rick suggested I flip the screw over--it worked perfectly!



Next, disengage your pinion from the main gear, turn on your transmitter, then your helicopter electronics.

For a quick check at the field, all you need to do is set your transmitter pitch curve for 50in/out. This should give you zero pitch and a level swash. For a full setup, follow your FBL unit's manual. This tool is great for both!



Since the elevator link on the Rush 750 is used as a guide for leveling the swash, snap the tool on the main shaft and slide it down the main shaft until the head of the screw comes in contact with the elevator ball link mount.



To check to see if the other link mounts are level, just turn the head! The tool will move with the main shaft.



If your swash is not level, this is what you will see. Looks like a link needs to be adjusted!

Rick's tool is brilliant! It makes quick field checks and full setups a breeze. Remember, Rick's tool is available in various sizes for your other helicopters! Check it out at www.rdlohr.com!

Thanks Rick! You've got a winner here!

Scott

PS. The swash is not at 50in/out in these pictures I know.
Glad you like it Scott. You can't get any more accurate and it easier to use than a zip tie.

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Thats very cool!! I'd love to have one myself.. I hate having to remove the head with the traditional leveling tools..
PM me your shipping name and address Kevin. I have an extra and I'd be glad to send it to you. Loving my Rush!

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very cool Rick. i def. need one. actually i could use it on 2 models i have
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PM me your shipping name and address Kevin. I have an extra and I'd be glad to send it to you. Loving my Rush!

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I forgot to mention that! It's a head-on tool!

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And that's the serious draw of it. I have the Rush swash tool, but I don't want to take the head off if I don't have to. It's great for initial setup but after that, this tool is the one that we should be going back to. It's brilliant!
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very cool Rick. i def. need one. actually i could use it on 2 models i have
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And that's the serious draw of it. I have the Rush swash tool, but I don't want to take the head off if I don't have to. It's great for initial setup but after that, this tool is the one that we should be going back to. It's brilliant!
Thanks much. That was exactly what I had in mind. Once my head goes on, it stays on till a crash or maintenance, hopefully all season.
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Very cool idea.
Thank man!

Everything for today is packed up and ready to throw in the mailbox tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing what you other guys think. I have a few made for all the standard size main shafts. You would be amazed how tiny the one is for the TREX 250 head (2.5 mm). It looks like a small worm with a big mouth.
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Very cool tool Rick!

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Very cool tool Rick!

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Thanks Saeed. I sent a bunch out so hopefully we will hear good things about them.

I'm going to help Sponsor the New England Heli Phenom this weekend and give a bunch more out.

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Oh man, I want a 10mm and a 12mm.
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Oh man, I want a 10mm and a 12mm.
I like it, hehe. I'm trying to get tools made as we speak. Charging batteries and stuffing parts.

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Great tool, Rick, just like some of the other ones you've made! Sometimes it's the little simple tools that are the best!

When do you think you'll have them up for sale?
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Thanks BKF!

Now, I guess. I don't have a big backlog of tools in stock yet but I have been filling orders within a day or two.

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Got my leveler from Rick! Here's a simple video! Thanks Rick!

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What a great job, bro! Thanks for posting that up! It's a great tool guys!

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Got my leveler from Rick! Here's a simple video! Thanks Rick!

THANKS! Great video. If you don't mind, I would like to link to that from my website because I often get asked exactly how does it work and that shows it perfectly! Glad you like the tool!

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