Globe Marine’s and Globe Composite Solutions’ own engineer, Brian Evans, recently spoke with Jonathan Taylor from Composites Weekly magazine — the industry’s foremost leading podcast on engineered composites, plastics, and advanced materials — in their weekly interview. Read on to learn more about the innovative composite materials Globe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers®, DRIVESAVERs®, and other marine parts and accessories are comprised.
Globe Marine’s Parts Are Made from Brandonite®
Globe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers® and DRIVESAVERs® are made from Globe’s proprietary composite materials, called Brandonite®. Brandonite® is a family of innovative and patented composite materials made by Globe alone to ensure that your marine parts withstand the tests of time, the ravages of the elements, and wear and tear beyond the expectation of OEM parts. Our Brandonite® materials also are made to break apart in the event of an unforeseen engine crisis or accident, saving your boat from metal shards or shrapnel lodging in your engine. See how Globe Marine’s DRIVESAVERs® can save your engine and mean the difference between replacing a part in your boat’s engine or replacing your entire transmission.
Globe Marine Run-dry® Impellers are Self-Lubricating
With Globe Composite Solutions’ patented composite formulas, Globe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers® are self-lubricating. Meaning, they have the lubricating agent infused into the composite material from which they’re made. This self-lubrication makes Globe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers® the only impeller on the market able to run dry for up to 15 minutes!
Listen to Globe Marine’s and Globe Composite Solutions’ engineer, Brian Evans, review all of the above mentioned Globe Marine products and their benefits in Composites Weekly‘s podcast:
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Vibration-Reducing Flexible Couplers
What is a DRIVESAVER®, exactly?
Good question because you’d be hard-pressed to find the answer online! The definition of a coupler is a “rod or link transmitting force and motion between a rotating part and a rotating or oscillating part” (Random House Dictionary, Unabridged, ©2015). At its simplest, a DRIVESAVER® is a flexible coupler that reduces the vibration of the propeller shaft but also acts as a circuit breaker if the boat propeller hits a log or rock.
Why should I have one for my boat?
What can happen to your motor after hitting some rocks without a DRIVESAVER installed…
It’s better to be safe than sorry. What the DRIVESAVER® does, besides reducing tangible vibrations associated from misalignment between the transmission and propeller shaft, is protect your transmission from costly damage in the event of an accident. I know, I know, you’re the safest driver in the world, right? Which means you always wear your seatbelt and never walk under ladders. But, someone or something still could hit you while driving through no fault of your own. Think of the DRIVESAVER® like a seatbelt for your transmission and propeller shaft — it reduces major headaches if either breaks. Not to mention with the noise and vibration reduction to boot, it will make conversation on your boat that much more enjoyable.
Where can I get a DRIVESAVER®?
For the best DRIVESAVER®s on the market, you’ll need one made of advanced composite materials. They’re much more durable than plastic or other materials. Globe Marine offers 59 different DRIVESAVER® models, all affordable and easy to install, made from our unique Brandonite® elastomers. Each DRIVESAVER® is handmade in the USA by our expert engineers using specialized materials and proprietary molding processes. All metal components and hardware are plated for corrosion resistance and long-life. To find the right DRIVESAVER® for your boat engine’s model, use Globe Marine’s comprehensive search tool that allows you to search different model, manufacturer compatibility, dimensions, price, and other important parameters.
How much does a DRIVESAVER® cost?
Starting at a little less than $200, all of Globe Marine’s DRIVESAVER®s are reasonably affordable and easy to install. Depending on your engine size and model, DRIVESAVER®s are a worthwhile investment for the safety of your boat engine and far less expensive than having to rebuild or replace your engine entirely — especially compared to replacing a transmission!