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    Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    For sale: Three TRS-18 turbojet engines. All are in the 220 pound thrust class and come nearly complete with all necessary accessories except the tail pipes, which have to be built custom for the particular installation (current owner will assist buyer in doing this).

    One engine has 60 hours, the second 75 hours and the third is unknown. The first two engines came out of BD-5s and the third from a Caproni jet trainer. There are no logs nor any documentation.

    There are a few spares, as shown in the picture. These engines are out of production and parts beyond those shown in the picture may be difficult to find, although there is apparently one company (in Arizona I think) that will work and overhaul these as necessary.

    These are the original flight worthy engines as produced by Microturbo (not smoke generator conversions).

    The owner would like to sell all three in one bundle for $135,000. Although reluctantly, he might sell them separately - one for $45k, and the other two for $35k each. The prices are firm - cash only. No trades.

    For info contact Dave at (206) 335-7258.
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    Yeah, too rich for my blood, I'm afraid. I wish him well with the sales, though. Someone is going to be a very happy homebuilder!
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    Were you selling the BD 5J and TRS-18s on Barnstormers.
    What happened to the aircraft?

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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    I personally wasn't and I don't know if the owner of these engines was. I know at one time he had two BD5Js but they're now using them for defense related work so I'm not sure that the extra one's for sale anymore.

    Also, folks have to be very careful when looking at TRS-18s - some are not the certified man rated engines. They are converted GPUs or ground smoke generators and are a totally different animal, not really suited for anything that's to fly. There is at least one company that claims to have developed a conversion kit for the ground units but it's still not recommended - there are too many different parts between the man rated engines and the oil burners and reliability would be extremely short.
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    Hi Dave, i'm seriously looking at these engines but i have a few initial questions about these engines as listed below i you wouldn't mind helping me out with the answer that would be great.

    1 When was the last time they where fired up?
    2 The 2 out of the BD5J what happened to the aircraft damaged etc?
    3 If they where original flightworthy engines could you send me the serial numbers or photos of compliance plates, so i can check with Microturbo and DGAC france?
    4 Do you have the dry Nitrogen shipping boxes for these engines?
    5 Where abouts are these engine located as i'm in Australia and would like to work out some freight prices?
    6 from the photo it looks like there is only the one complete engine eg fuel pump, igniter controll box would this be correct?
    7 Just wondering what are the books/documentation shown in the photo are for?
    8 I have emailed Microturbo in France as to purchasing a new built TRS18 andor overhaul a old one they would be able to do this pending the engine type, but you mentioned a firm in Arizona that could do it any idea of the nameas this would be easier for me and saves shipping them to France?
    9 Finally are these prices negoiatble?

    I know there are a lot of questions but i would like to be sure when spending money overseas on aircraft parts.

    please find the following email address for any photos or replys
    usedgear2@swiftdsl.com.au

    Thank you and look forward to a reply

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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    The owner (Dave) did not post this ad - if you're looking for direct answers you will have to use the contact information I provided above. His email contact is "hammerjet@aol.com". I will however copy your post and send it to him directly.
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    What is the compressor and turbine wheel diameter in this turbine?

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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory View Post
    What is the compressor and turbine wheel diameter in this turbine?

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    Please contact Dave Harris directly for any information regarding this offered sale.
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    This price is way over the market price for a brand new engine !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucyscaranzzi View Post
    This price is way over the market price for a brand new engine !!
    Is someone making these again? The original manufacturer stopped production some years ago. AFAIK, you can't get one of these, new, anymore.
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Topaz View Post
    Is someone making these again?
    Yea, those Chinese guys reverse engineered another product , sorry guys couldn't resist.

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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    What most folks don't understand is that these are not model plane engines, nor are they for drones or missiles. There are man rated certified products with current documentation. And no, these specific models are not in production nor are they ever likely to be again.

    I have heard rumor that a similar but larger engine will be again produced by Microturbo but their price will be on the order of about $300k based on an order of ten engines.
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    wow
    Last edited by lucyscaranzzi; April 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 AM.

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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    Also notice that the $135k price is for all three. Individually they're less than the $52k you mention.
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    Re: Microturbo TRS-18 jet engines for sale

    IT said no logs, so the price is Not market value even for a man carry powerplant,With No logs the engines are worth 20% of price at max. no mater what the condition. NO LOGS = NO MONEY $5,000 each any more is stupid.

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