Prop overhaul based on age, not hours

Prop overhaul based on age, not hours

I'm a first-time (almost) airplane owner! The 1971 182N has had its pre-buy inspection, and only one expensive item came up. I'm trying to decide how to handle it with the seller.

The prop was believed to have been overhauled 9 years and 390 hours ago, when the engine was OH'd. But it turns out that only the prop governor was OH'd then, and the prop itself hasn't been OH'd since 1996 (14 years and about 500 hours ago).

My question for all of you long-time airplane owners: is a prop OH really necessary when it reaches a certain AGE, or is it really the hours that should govern the timing? And is 14 years a long time for a CS prop to go without an overhaul?

This is a potential $2,000 - $2,500 item, so I want to make a good decision.

Thanks!
Brian

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1971 182N
Affectionately known as "Pooh"

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Re: Prop overhaul based on age, not hours

I'm not a airplane owner, but the prop is probably close to being OH due to the age, not hours.  While it could, and probably will go longer, I would suspect that the seals might be getting ready to go out soon.  If nothing else, maybe you could split the cost of the OH with the current owner, or maybe he will just knock off some money, and you can continue to run it for a while.  Dont know what other owners have been doing, but I would think the age is more of the issue than that of the time.  I think I would continue to fly it as is and take my chances, after you get the current owner to lower the price a little.  My 2 cents...

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