DIY prop puller?

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My wheel needs some TLC, and I'm lucky enough to be on a lift. I have no prop puller though, and $100+ is more than I can afford. I can't find a place around here that will lend one out either.

What's wrong with making my own? Can't I use a metal plate to rest flat against the shaft and drill 4 bolt-holes, and then use 2 thick metal strips that rest on either side of the shaft, against the other side of the hub? The bolts would go through the openings between the 4 blades. I don't need this gadget to last more than this one time.

Prop knockers are not my cup of tea, fwiw. I'm not a huge fan of whacking the shaft.
 

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I also am not a fan of prop knockers...but I recently watched a professional marine mechanic remove a prop by knocking on the end of the shaft. About 10 good blows and it popped off. Allegedly the thrust force exerted by the hammer on the shaft is nothing compared to what's exerted when running the boat at cruising speed.
 

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If you guys go to Search at the top of the page........and type prop pullers I posted my home made prop puller
 

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ive made my own also, 1/2" threaded rod couple nuts and washers, and the best part is the small hydraulic puck from northern hydraulics, put that on the end of the shaft between the back plate of the puller .. couple pumps, maybe 1/4" and pop. its off
 

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ive made my own also, 1/2" threaded rod couple nuts and washers, and the best part is the small hydraulic puck from northern hydraulics, put that on the end of the shaft between the back plate of the puller .. couple pumps, maybe 1/4" and pop. its off

got a part # or picture of the puck.
 
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