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Spurs Marine Mfg, Inc. * 201 S.W. 33rd Street * Ft.

Lauderdale, FL 33315 Visit Our Website at: * E-mail: Phone #: 954-463-2707 Fax #: 954-525-0239

SFU4S"the only &nswr to:

o Preventing oil leaksand operatingin an environmentally responsible way.

o Avoiding costly finesfor polluting

waterways. r Avoidingexpensive unscheduled dry docking and divercharges. o Eliminatingdivesto cut prop fouling linesand netsin freezingor high seas. Minimizingdowntime for repairs. Preventing expensive towingcharges.
Damagedoil seals due to line intrusion. When seals are ruptured,oil pressuremust be maintainedforcing oil into water.

aterways contain more than just water. Fishing lines, drift nets, trap l i n e s,

The Oil Pollution Act of t99O imposes heavy penalties for oil leaks. ft also orders the Coast Guard to advise vessels the source of the leak.
Proteet your bottom line

discarded floating tow lines and hawsers l i e i n w a i t f o r p a s s i n g v e s s e l s. Th e se h a z a r d s c a n c a u s e s e a l d a m a g e , a n d r e su l t i n costly, unscheduled haulouts.

Simple in concept, yet sophisticated in design, Spurs Line Entanglement Clearance Systems can save you

both time and money. Spurs are used on thousands of Navy, Coast Guard worldwide, and commercial vessels

from coastal tugs and fishing boats to

supertankers. Spurs have provided millions of miles of protection from unseen entanglement hazards.


One or more rotating cutting blades are attached consistsof two main assemblies.

to a vessel'spropeller hub. A stationary cutting blade is attached to the rope guard or strut. Srhen lines or debris are caught by the propeller, they are instantly cut free with each revolution of the shaft.

hile the concept of Spurs - cutting lines - i s s i m p l e , th e te c h n o l o g y involved in making them perform dependably over milliorrs of rniles is extremely sophisticated in terms of
design, materials, and precision manufacturand t es t ing hav e

foreign objects. They return immediately

to stand-by obstruction cleared away. Spurs is approved American Shipping the Bureau by the of position after the

has been cut and

ing. Yea rs o f res ear c h

resulted in a patented system that is as reliable and durable as it is effective. Precision machined, en ed sta inle ss heat treated arrd hardhigh t ec h

(ABS). It is line

s t a n <l a r d

entanglement clearance syslem for thousands of vessels around the

s t eel m et als ,

hydrophili<: and bronze bearings, and ingenious corrosion control engineering are uscd to make th e p ar t s of t he Spur s s y s t em . feaW it h

world. Avoid the expense of delay and repair by

Model 60/48 Typical Large Vessel Cutter

installing genuine Spurs cutters ()n every vessel in your fleet. They are the most cost effective way to protect a ship's propeller shaft oil
seals from leaks Propellermounting plates give smooth performance as stationary cutter rollers hydroplane across the surface

However perhaps the most important t ure is F'a cto ry Tec hnic al every Spurs installation Suppor t .

you can count on

step by step assistanrce - on site if needed to ensure that your entanglement syste m is p rop er ly installa tion ins t alled. clearance Ev er y new of

dra ws on t he ex per ienc e

numerous successful installations. R outin e scheduled forward. main ten anc e drydocking dur ing r egular ly

Bronze Bearings Roller

is simple and straight the

Spurs are designed to withstand

rigors of constant

service year in and year

out. Spur's self-centering

tact un de r Cutter built-in no rm al oper at ing



tion control prevents surface to surface conc ondit ions . a

blades are forced together with

Model 40132Typical Medium Vessel Stationary Cutter Assembly

wedge only when in contact with

and its inertial

usethe propeller'srotation
force to power the cutting

wedge forces a cam action that causes the rotary blade to be pushed aft, meeting the rotating blade and instantly severins
Rotating cutter assembly fastened to propeller

action. As a line enters the propeller vortexT it is wound toward the propeller hub. Without Spurs installed, the line

the obstruction. The c ut t i n g proportion force increases in direct to the resistance sensed by cutter wedge assembly. action means that the
Stationary cutter assembly

Cutter guides

would continue to wind itself tighter and tighter, eventually entering into the space between propeller hub and rope grrard, where it can cause damage to the oil seals. Vith Spurs, the line is engaged by the cutter blades and delivered to

the stationary This s h e a r i n g linc

is c u t a n d w a s h e s a w a y b e f o r e occurs. After the line or

Stationary cutter



nel llas l r e e n c u l . t h e s t a t i r ) n a r y ( : u l t e r blade returns to a neutral position

the stationary cutter blade. The sudden

resistanr't' sensed by the starionary su11r,1 awaiting the next cutting event.

Fig. 1 Stationarycutter centers itself in the cutter guides as it passes through with each revolutionof the prop.

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Fig. 2 Wedge action takes over, driving stationary blade against rotary blade

he photo below shows



Line Cutter

cutter assembly with two shoulder bolts and .015 shim spacers between the rotary and stationary cutting blade as shown below.

Model LV-60148 complete and mountedto the propeller hub. The cutter is made up of two separate assemblies:the rotary cutter assembly, typically with 2 blades mounted 180' apart; and the stationary cutter assembly mounted into the rope guard. The propeller hub is drilled and tapped, then the rotary cutter assembly is fastened with stainless steel screws. The stationary cutter assembly is married to the rotary

The workman in the photo is grinding and preparing the strut recessin preparation for the rope guard installation. We recommend a 314'thick rope guard to be installed when a line cutter is used. "Ihe 314"rope guard provides the extra strength needed for cutting a large hawser or heary nets.

SpursLargeVesselLineCutterMountedOn Prop Face




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Spurs LargeVesselLine Cutter lnstallationComplete

he photo above shows a completed installation



screws and .015 shims removed and now operate


CutterModel Ly-60148.A box to

cutter assembly has been

independently as opposing blades. The propeller has been rotated to verify clearances between the two opposing each rotation, and no

hold the stationary

welded into the rope guard; the stationary cutter assembly is screwed and dowel pinned into the welded box and is easily removed and replaced for serwice. The rotary cutter assembly is fastened and mounted to the propeller hub. The cutter blades always remain .010 - .015 apart

blades. As the cutter blades pass during there is no contact. This

assures no wear


Flowever, when a line is cut or the propeller or aft (end play), the cutter blades during a single centers will

shaft moves forward

contact, but only for one quick adjustment revolution.

due to a guide mechanism and a dampened but movable cutter shaft that is built cutter and stationary into every cutter. The rotary

The rotary cutter guide automatically

the stationary

cutter block. This centering adjustment

cutter assemblies have had the

occur either in forward or reverse.


DrivenCutter Assembly

he typical Large Vessel Cutter is easily retrofitted and installed on vessels with oil

Stationary Cutter Assembly

seal bearings. The cutting blades are madt: of 774 pH stainless steel, the hardest metal known to remain hardened rnaintain stable under saltwater. They are 4i3-45 Rr.rckwell C to

Weldment Box

to approximately

the sharpest edge. The rernainder of thcr stainless, suitable where harrltrut alsri very

(xrtter parts ar<: 3l6L

ness is not requirt:d for lrcrlbrrnance,

stable in salt water. The box welded into the rope guard is also made of 316L stainless steel. The compatibility oI the metals allows thc stainless steel

Typical LargeVesselCutter Model 60/48 Rangefrom 40"- 70" PropellerHub Diameter

box and rope guard to be easily welded and remain stable agairrst electrolysis.

The t y pic al M ed i u m V e s s e l C u tte r Se ri e s are designed to fit all vessels with propeller hub diameters 12'" - 40"; and the Large Vessel Cutter from 4 0 " - 7O " diam e te r. T h e c u tte r c a n e a s i l y be installed on new vesselsor retrofitted to existing vesselswith fixed or variable pitch propellers, thrusters, Z-Drives, etc. See page 9 for further Thruster and Z-Drive information Typical Medium Vessel Cutter - Model Range from 12"- 40" PropellerHub Diameters

purs Cutter Systemsare designed to track and follow the ships' a-xial shaft movement 1/4" forward and

Lf 4" aft for a full Lf 2" . Tlis allows the Cutter System to constandy maintain a spaceof .010-.015betweenblades!

Rotary Cutter mounted on propeller face

Figure2. Mounting Platesare fastened to propellerface between Rotary Cutter Bladesassuringa smooth surfacefor StationaryCutter Rollerto hydroplaneagainst MountingPlates Fastenedto PropellerFace

,ri Figure3. LargeVesselCutter Assemblycomplete;Rotary Cutter & StationaryCutter married together

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Optional Installation
Figure1. StationaryCutter Assembly for Medium Vessel& Small Vessel Installation
Rotary Cutter can be inserted into a pre-milled pocket in propeller face eliminating the need for the Mounting Plates



Standard Models Minimum X=Mounting space between surfaceMinimum space between props guard Available in Stock &'stern tube height rope & prop LV60/48 MV40/32 MV32t24 MV24119 MV19/15 (185,55mm) -.250" (5.35mm) NA 7,305" *" 1.750" (44.45mm) 3.875" (98.43mm) (98.43mm) 3.875" (91.95mm) 3.620' (82.55mm) 3.250" (63.5mm) 2.50"


*To achieve minimum space between (1)theRotary Propeller Rope Guard Cutter must beset and pocketed) (mill into the Propeller .500" fastened or(2).500" Mounting Plates must be tothe Propeller Face asinFigure 2 ahove.

hrusters, LDtives and other propulsion components needthe protection "f SpAnS. The most com-

wear due to water replacement. This is caused by excessive intrusion. Guard against lines damaging thruster oil seals by installing SPUnS'Cutter Systems.

mon repair on thrusters is seal damage and gear

due Figure 4. Sealfailure to lineand net intrusion thruster unit on typical Withouta SP{/&$'Cutter installed System

Figure5. OptionalFlush Mounted (FM)RotaryCutter milled into pocket of mountingplate which is fastenedto propellerface. RotaryCutter Blades can also be mounted into a pre-milledpocket directly on the propellerface.

Figure6. Flush Mounted (FM)Gutter complete with Rotaryand installation StationaryCutters exPosed. On Z-Drivethruster unit, space between propeller& rope guard can be as small as .050".The shaft end pfay on Z-Drive and Thruster units is " to .005". approximately.001

Spursuse the propeller's rotationand inertial force to power the cutting action. NOTES: Removerope guard' Flameblow & grind all old weld debrisfrom the welded areawherelhe rope guard will be remounted.
A. PositionCutterDrillTemplateon propellerface with cutter bladebehindthe leadingedge of the propetter (see 1) Otade. B. Note: All rotatingcuttersmust be equal distancefrom center!Use templatecentering arm to locatecutter from shaftto uoDer edge of prop face,then lock screwson centeringarm slide.Use markingpencilor scribeto draw outlineof templateon propellerface.(see 1) Repeatabove procedure for oppositepropellerblade.Do not altercentering arm once positioned in place.Move template180" from first Iayoutfor four-bladepropellers, (144"forfive blade propeilers).(see 3 & 4)

G. Mount rotarycutter bladesto prop face ("Leader" rotarycutter bladeon top, "Follower" on oppositeside).(see 5) NOTE: The rotarycutter bladesare each markedas "LEADER" or "FOLLOWER" ROTARY BLADE.The "LEADER" has a groovew hi chi s ,015s mal l er thanthe "FOLLOWER"blade.This groovespacingallows for possibleaxialmisalignment of prop face.

Centering arm locking screws


Centering arm wheels Into bore Liner tlange or shaft

#1: Drill& tap center #2: Mount template with 3/8" x 16 SHCS

C. Holding template in place,drillthrough bottom center holefirst, using 3/8" spottjng drill(provided) approximately 1/8" deep.Then use "P" sizedrillto complete hole1,'deep. Thentap with 3/8" x 16 tap approximately 3/4" deep. (see 2 & 3) Use 3/8" x 1 3/4' SHCS in bottom hole. lvlount template.Now repeatprocedure for drilling& tappingthe otherfour notes. Removelemplateand repeatprocedures on oppositerotatingblade locationwith template. (see 3)
Stationarycuf ter assemblr- -'-_

Stationary cutter box

H. Marrythe stationary cutterassembly to the mounted rotarycutter ("Leader"). There aretwo 3/8" x 1 3/4" shoulder screwsand nutsfor this purpose. (NOTE: two shimsmust be betweenrotary and stationaryblades when marrying the two assembliesl. (see 6)

D. Beforemounting the rotarycutterblades, qualifytwo or moresufaces underthe cutter mount location: thesesurfacesMUSTbe withinthe sameaxialplanewjthin .005in. (see 4) E. IMPORTANT: The cutter mounting holes must be drilled,but do not mount rotary cutter blades onto propeller untit propeller is on the shaft and in place. (see 5) l. Usingplastlctransferpaper,or measunng tape, mark from top centerline on propeller to upperedge of cutter box. Transfer this measurement to rope guard.Then,using penci l an , d S purs ' thi nal umi num markj ng cutout template(provided), transferculout onto upper sectionof rope guard.The rope guard cutout shouldclearthe stationary cutter box by approximately .125" - .025" on all threesides.(see 6, 7 & 8)

F, With propellers completelymounted, rotatepropeller untilone set of drilledholes are 45' degreesfrom top centeron ,,up,, (preferred), or "down" side. (see 3 & 5)

la. The Stationary Cutterassembly EeBe Guardcut-out shouldbe locatedat aoproximately10:30lookingforwardon a righthand turningpropellerand 2:30 on a lefthand turningpropeller. NOTE:Only ONE Rope Guardcut-outfor each propellerl


J, Flamecut the cutoutpatternon upperhalf of rope guard.NOTE:rope guard must be 1" from propellerface in most cases. (see 9)

cutter assemblyremarN. With stationary cutter ried, proceedwith weldingstationary box to the rope guard.First,tack-weldcutter box as shown,then slowlyweld around, cutkeepingexcessheat from the stationary ter. (see 13)

K. Flameblow and grind all debrisfrom area whererope guardwill be mounted (see 10)

is complete.Removescrews, O. Installation shimsand spacerthat marryboth cutter recheckto ensurethat Visually assemblies. removalhas been completed.(see 14)

Temporary 1 " weldments to align rope guard with prop fac


,,-, Shims

L. Weld both halvesof rope guardto strut and weld ends of rope guardiogether cutter box. Make beforeweldingstationary 1/8" to 1/4" cleal sure box is approximately of rope guard on all threesides.(see 1 1) of to check clearance P. Rotatepropeller cuttersas they passthrough"follower" rotaryassemblygroove.(see 15)

1/4" gap ---1/8"to


cutter assemblY

M. NOTE:Cutterbox may protrudeabove rope guard and needto be trimmedto 1/4" aboverope guard.For approximately draw a linearound the best weldingresults, edge of cutter box whereit meetsrope guard at 1/4" abovethe rope guard. Removeand flamecut box beforeit is weldcutter ed into the rope guard.Stationary and box trimmed, must be disassembled, (see 12 & 13) then reassembleO-

llediurn Vessel Cutters and Z-Drive Units will he supplied n'ith irrfiridual
installation instru ctio ns.

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