Other plate-type pullers, like this one produced by Frank & Jimmies Propellers (fjprop.com), work on the same principal of jackscrews spreading two plates. While the rods thread into the propeller like on a PropSmith, both plates fit behind the shaft. This allows two sizes of pullers to fit most boats, including shafts with metric threads. It also works without shaft threads protruding behind the propeller. The downside? It won’t press props back on, and there is nothing to keep the prop from sliding off the shaft as it is pulled. (When using most pullers, one nut is left on the shaft half an inch from the propeller to stop the prop once it’s released from the shaft taper.)
This Memorial Day, remember those who were lost serving our country on the high seas in the U.S. Navy aboard PT Boats. Recently we were invited out for a ride on the only operational combat-veteran PT Boat, PT 305 in New Orleans.
See what it was like here. ▶