Blog posts of '2017' 'July'

A Prop is Not Just a Prop | 5 Reasons You Should Own a Mercury Prop

Benefits of Owning a Mercury Prop

Bravo three propWhen you're thinking of spending your hard earned money on a new propeller you may ask yourself, why should I spend it on a Mercury prop vs a cheaper after market prop?  A prop is not just a prop! Here are 5 good reasons you should own a Mercury prop:

  1. Over 160 years of prop design experience. Mercury's props are years ahead of the competition. They've been doing it longer, learning along the way and constantly re-engineering and improving.
  2. Proprietary technologies. Mercury has patented several technologies, here are a few: Mercalloy®: a revolutionary aluminum alloy made from a porosity-free casting providing superior strength and ductility. X7® Alloy: 30% stronger and 4 times more durable than conventional stainless steel which enabled Mercury to design props that could not be manufactured previously. Flo-Torq® II hub system: cushions and protects your drivetrain from most impacts; sacrifices itself to save your lower unit. PVS® (performance vent system) allows you to customize your prop to match the performance of your engine.
  3. Made in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin right here in the U.S.A.! 
  4. A full one year factory warranty easily handled through one of the thousands of Mercury Marine dealers throughout the U.S.
  5. Use on most engines. Mercury's propellers can be used on a variety of engines such as Yamaha, OMC Johnson, Volvo, Evinrude, Suzuki, Honda or Tohatsu by purchasing a hub adapter kit (see our handy chart)

Mercury offers a wide variety of stainless and aluminum propellers for every boater. Aluminum props are made from Mercury's patented Mercalloy® for better performance and durability. If you are concerned with performance, durability, top speed and "getting out of the hole" choose a stainless prop. Stainless props can withstand impacts that would destroy your aluminum prop. One stainless prop could last as long as multiple aluminum props, making the price of a stainless prop more cost effective.  To browse the complete selection of Mercury props at discounted prices, see our prop page. 



Ultrasonic Fuel Injector Cleaning

BAM Marine | Ultrasonic Fuel Injector Cleaning


Did you know that BAM Marine, the parent company of, offers ultrasonic fuel injector cleaning?

What's so great about fuel injector cleaning? 

Additives and foreign matter can easily sneak into your fuel supply. The injectors can eventually become clogged or even plugged by the additives and foreign matter in your fuel supply.  The ethanol in the new fuel blends makes this problem even worse.

Todays marine and automotive engines use sophisticated fuel injection to improve performance, reliability and economy. Ultrasonic cleaning and testing will help maintain the benefits of fuel injection that you have paid for. 

What is the process?

The process starts with our technicians visually inspecting, cleaning and numbering your injectors. They are then placed on our digital flow tester and checked for resistance and shorts. 

Once the electrical test is done, the injectors are pressurized and checked for leaks. The next step is a visual test for spray pattern and the measurement of flow at various RPM and pulse width. 

After the first round of tests, the injectors are placed in an ultrasonic cleaner with a special heated solution. They are still hooked up to the electronics in the tester and fired repeatedly for 45 minutes. This loosens varnish and deposits that have accumulated in preparation for the reverse flush.

Next, the injector is pressurized in (reverse this time) and fired. This flushes out all the junk that was loosened up in the cleaning step!

Lastly, the o-rings and filter screens are replaced and the injector is tested again. All tests are documented both before and after. The documentation is really helpful when you are troubleshooting an engine problem.

The injectors are returned to you clean and ready to go. The difference in engine performance can be amazing!

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