About Wood Propellers
A graceful element of the romance of flight, wood propellers not only look good mounted on a wall, they also keep thousands of light aircraft flying. Produced by companies such as Sensenich, Hartzell, and Culver, wood airplane propellers must match precisely to the type of aircraft and the engine that powers the plane. Wood is lightweight, cost-effective, and easy to install on the plane. Hardwoods have natural vibration damping properties, making the engine run more smoothly and transferring a lower level of vibration to the cabin. If you have a prop tip strike with a wood prop, it is less likely to damage your engine than a metal or composite prop. Wood props need regular care, especially if you fly in the rain. Precipitation can erode the wood's surface, and a strip of urethane tape along the leading edge provides some protection. A wood prop is a great choice for antique, vintage, classic, and show airplanes, adding warmth and authenticity. Wood props are also well suited for use on ultra-light and experimental aircraft. Browse the diverse listings on eBay for a variety of wood propellers to hang on your aircraft's nose or even above your mantel.