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    How do the Bushmasters or any stretched Pacers compare to the Cessna 180/185 or 206 on wheels and floats performance wise? What is cheaper to own and operate? I think I know the answer....😏

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    A CESSNA 180 with a 0470 will usually burn less fuel than a 160 supercub/pacer with a borer prop. The Cessna GPH burn is more but the speed is also much greater. Usually ends up being cheaper to fly a 180/185 on longer trips (one hour or greater). Base price, a good Cessna 180 can be found for 80 grand. The 185 or 206 is up in the 120 grand or higher for a good 206 but now you are carrying 6 people. Fabric planes are a lot easier to fix if you get them dinged so they are good for hard core off runway work. It is very hard to beat a properly equipped 180/185 in all around performance when compared to a bushmaster/stretched pacer. Cost may be more for the Cessna but in the long run you get more performance.
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    The Cessna is a heavier plane, the lighter stretched Pacer should feel like the PA14 and be more like flying a Cub. It can get in and out of tight places and should be much cheaper to operate than the Cessna. Both excellent airplanes in my opinion.
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    Flew the river last night with a C180. I was turning 2400 rpm making a river run probably burning 8.5 GPH and he was burn 7 GPH. In my opinion an O-470 cost more to maintain than an O-320 but it has lots of power.
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    Most of the bushpilot folks I talk to up here with lots of experience (10,000 - 40,000 hours in small planes) say that if they had to own one plane it would be a 180. That being said, none of them ever flew a bushmaster. I still find it surprising though how many times I get the same answer when I ask.
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    Ditto with the people I know who have a C180 or a Super Cub or both. Parts are high, way more expensive to maintain than anything Piper.

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    Built, owned and flew a 200hp Bushmaster for several years. Loved that plane. Would haul anything you could get in it or on it. Great short rough field plane. Would take it where I wouldn't take a 180. Earley light 180 is the best ever all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don D View Post
    Built, owned and flew a 200hp Bushmaster for several years. Loved that plane. Would haul anything you could get in it or on it. Great short rough field plane. Would take it where I wouldn't take a 180. Earley light 180 is the best ever all around.
    Just curious, why'd you get rid of it?

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    Engine was getting tired and I didn't have the $$ to overhaul the IO-360.

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    Hello I'm new too this forum. I recently bought a plane that's similar too a bushmaster it has a 0-360 engine wings from Nick Smith in Ontario it has sticks rather than yokes it's more like a widened super Cub than a pacer. I would be interested in reading anyone's experiences or information about the airplanes.

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