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Subject: Which rotor smoothing device would you buy?
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04/16/2009 1:40 PM  
We are currently in the market for some new balancing equipment. Our 8500 is just about had it. We have used a RADS-AT AVA unit which seems to work good. I know there is the new VXP and the TEST 1087, however we have no experience with them. We are looking for something with SmartChart capabilities so that rules the 2000(V2K) out. Here is the fleet list. 1 Bell 206B3 1 Bell 407 4 Bell UH-1H (metal blades) Any tips and experience would be great. Something about blindly spending $35k worries me. Thanks for the help Jared
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04/19/2009 10:52 AM  
We recently purchased a DSS microvibe helicopter system for around $10k. It works very well and the customer support has been very helpful. Here is a link to their site: http://www.dssmicro.com/index.htm

They had Rich come out to offer training at our flight school although we had been using it with little problem already. Rich did offer some insight and it was great training. He mentioned that ERA uses microvibe with microphones and some other amazing aspects of this system. Good luck with your search.
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04/22/2009 11:05 PM  
Yer the microvibe  is a good product for a good price the Rads is go depending on the software program but old tech and F ing expensive
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04/24/2009 1:19 PM  
As others have suggested I would go with the Microvibe. I've used it on both Robinson products and sikorsky and find it easier to use than the old outdated POS RADS. Did I mention the RADS is useless.
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05/29/2009 11:42 AM  
I have used chadwik 8500C, 2000, and the older 8350, and 177M. We purchased a ACES 2020Probalancer about 8 years ago, and have definately made the best choice possible. The ACES is easiest to use, extremely adaptable to any aircraft balance job you can imagine, i.e. engine-transmission driveshaft balancing, MR, TR, fan balancing, prop balancing, and spectroanalysis, all in one machine. If you ante up the extra cash on purchase, you can get it with enhanced capabilities, i.e. built in charts, and one button solutions. Their tech support is very very good also. If you price them out, either the 2020 or 4040 viper, ACES is the most bang for he buck in any vibration analyser/balancer out there. We have a fleet of Hiller/Soloy and Bell 47 Soloy helicopters. ACES has downloadable setups for almost all helicopters flying today, if they don't, it is easy to make your own setup, we did, and it is easy to do on their machine. IMHO.
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05/29/2009 12:02 PM  

We have been useing the microvibe system for several years now and have achieved much better results with it than we EVER did with the RADS.

Now that all RR 250 engines require a 150 hour vib check we bought the high temp accelerometer and accy's. Takes about 10 min to install and 10 min to complete the test. It is approved by RR and the software From DSS is easy to use for tracking your vibration profiles. It also works great on the T-53 series engines.

It is by far the best bang for the buck, small, lightweight, easy to use (after the learning curve).


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