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Posted 10 February 2007 - 06:36 AM
I notice a lot of interest in the use of Micarta for bills; even basspro is offering same in one brand of crankbaits and Jann's is selling pre-cut versions.
What are the pro's and con's of say using 1/16 in. micarta over lexan? Can one expect a 1/32 in. thick micarta bill to hold up in a small crank? Is G10 more brittle at low temperature (like freezing weather)? The dock talk is that the thinner version has a great action but expect it to fracture after a day of hard use. (Its too cold "here" to do field tests .)
Is G10 actually stronger than circuit board micarta (or one in the same)?
I have tried to "google up" properties for G10 but have no basis for comparison on the listed values for impact and tensile strength.
Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:45 AM
sdr, Check a McMaster Carr catalog. I think it lists the properties of these materials(G10, G11) Micarta is only a brand name like Lexan is to poly.
Good luck with your research. MAV
Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:55 PM
Ive never had one to crack, fracture or tear up in anyway..Ive been making baits with them for a couple of years and really like them. The .032 is the size I use and it will do the trick. Lexan is good as well, just depends on what you like. To each his own I guess you could say.
Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:30 PM
I use 1/32" G-10 or G-11 on most shallow bass baits and have never had one break or fracture. Maybe not as absolute tough as Lexan, but plenty tough enough. G-10 aka FR4, Micarta, circuit board. Most G-10 is differentiated by the substrate used, fiberglass, linen, carbon fiber, etc. The substrate largely determines the color but it's all waterproof and all types have similar physical characteristics and strength (in fact, G-10/FR4 is itself a defined standard for strength and other physical properties). You can get a fair description of the various "G" materials at the mcmaster.com site, where it's also for sale. Their G-10 is a dull yellow and their G-11 is a yellowish green. The trick can be finding a source for the color you want
Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:02 AM
Based on a tip from the "site," I purchased my material in sheet form from the Alphaknifesupply; very nice people and good prices and service.
I'll try the McMaster site for more info.