Hey all, I am getting tired of breaking props on perfectly good landings and someone suggested that there is a way to spoof the ESC into locking so it will be horizontal. Does anyone know how to do this?
The stuff FT sells.What brand of props?
If all else fails how about a folding prop with the ESC brake "on"?
Even if the prop does not fold completely to lie flat next to the fuselage (like it does on gliders) it will still stop turning and at worst act as a skid but you do have to get good at doing glide approach and landings.
Virtually all plane (but not multi copter) ESCs have a "brake" option which stops, or rather it rapidly slows down, the prop. You either need a suitable programming card or the ESC can be 'programmed' using the throttle stick if the method is included in the instructions.
I must say I belly land (on grass) virtually all my planes and have only broken props as the result of a true crash.
What is your plane and do you have the motor power on during the actual landing?
I'll have to have a look see about finding a programming card. As is they freewheel with the power off.
Way back I used to break propellers on every landing... these were the slowfly. Since then I've been using APC and rarely do I break a propeller. However, I have bent a few motor shafts. My advice... if you're doing slow fly, then a prop saver should help. Also, if you program your ESC to brake then there is a chance the propeller will stop horizontally, but without a brake, you will always have a propeller strike because it is still spinning. I've recently programmed all my ESCs to brake.