After leaving the Marine Corp, Baxter set his sights on the Marine Industry. He got a job as a test pilot with the OMC Test Center in Stuart, FL. He wasn’t on the water long when OMC moved Baxter into the outboard area as a Research & Development Technician.
In 1995, Baxter decided to venture into the watercraft market as a Research & Development Specialist with Polaris Industries. He was directly involved with the testing and development of the Polaris domestic engine. While working at Polaris, Baxter meet Chris Bush who was contracted out by Polaris to help with development in 1996. This would prove to be a wining combination for the years to come.
In 2001, Baxter left Polaris and took residence in CA as a Research and Development Manager for Factory Pipe. For the next 4 years, he was directly involved with developing exhaust systems for the following projects: Kawasaki Triple Pipe STXR; Ultra 150 Triple Pipe; Yamaha 701 Type 9; SXR Dry Pipe; and SXR Wet Pipe. Polaris contracted Factory Pipe to develop the Octane 777 Engine and the Matrix 200 Concept Watercraft. On the weekends, Baxter was busy dynoing and tuning engines built by Chris Bush.
After his departure from Factory Pipe, Baxter established PowerFactor Products, LLC in 2008. PowerFactor Products’ specializes in aftermarket jet ski parts for the sport of jet ski freestyle and freeride. The PowerFactor SuperJet exhaust has become the star product for PowerFactor Products and is known worldwide in the jet ski industry. It’s demand holds strong and riders all over the world have become aware that this product is a key ingredient to the recipe of power.
In the last 10 years, Baxter has been the Crew Chief for many World Champions in the personal watercraft industry such as Womack, Sheldon, Malone, Rok and Lenzi.
In November of 2012, Baxter initially experienced the Flyboard and loved the sport. He immediately trained to be an instructor. With Baxter’s twenty-six years of experience in research and development in the marine and personal watercraft industry, he began to develop ideas on how to make the sport better. PowerFly Products, a dba of PowerFactor, was created and Baxter’s ideas started to manifest into products.
Presently, Baxter resides in Melbourne Beach, FL and manages PowerFactor Products and PowerFly Products with his wife Sabrina. He also travels around the world maintaining high performance freestyle jet ski’s and instructing flyboarding. When he is not working, he is flyboarding and surfing.
An impeller is not the only thing that makes a pump efficient. Yes it can help, but if it was, it would be too easy. If you were to put a PowerFly Pump next to a stock pump, you would see many differences and some you would not be visible to the trained eye. The key is to process the water as EFFICIENT as possible, and there are many ways of doing this (not just impellers). Keep in mind there is a huge difference between making pressure and putting it through a 18 meter hose, then there is making pressure and putting it through a nozzle in the ski’s production application as it was intended for.
1. The market for replacement parts, accessories, and equipment for the care or enhancement of the original product.
2. Parts made by an outside firm to replace OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) parts. Commonly used in automotive purposes, but the aftermarket exists in virtually every industry. In other words, these are not “Genuine OEM parts.” The quality of aftermarket parts can vary widely, some engineered to be better than the originals. Sometimes when the original parts are discontinued or the manufacturer has gone out of business, the aftermarket may be your only choice.
It is true, you have to be aware of who you purchase products from in any market. As an aftermarket company ourselves, the only way our customers know if our products are good is from experience. For customers to know if they should trust an aftermarket company, is good to look at the company’s history. Some questions to ask yourself are:
- How long has the company been in business?
- Has the aftermarket company been in other similar markets with success?
- Does the manufacturer/owner have a passion for the sport?
- Is the company a pop up company just looking to make a quick $ or do they care about the sport and their customers?
- Has the company tested their products?
- Does the company and those involved do the sport they are involved in?
- Is the company involved in the OEM’s community and support the OEM product?
Aftermarket companies are not trying to take away from the OEM’s company. A true aftermarket company supports the OEM company and helps them grow. For an OEM company to grow to the level of good aftermarket companies supporting them is a great accomplishment for the OEM company.
Since Winter has set in and most people are unable to fly, it is time to check your equipment. Here are some helpful hints on what to look for to enhance your flying experience and safety:
1 – Check your hose thoroughly for delamination.
2 – Change the engine oil and filter, this is very important for engine longevity, some people have a tendency to forget about it. It is very easy to do yourself, refer to your owners manual for specifications.
3 – Take your pump out. This is very easy to do, just remove the interface plate and pull your pump out. You might be surprised what you find. Inspect the impeller blades both dual impellers and stock impellers for cavitation burns. If need be, have your impeller sent out and refurbished before the blades break. Skat-Trak offers this refurbishing service. Also inspect the pump stator veins and wear ring for any damage.
4 – Remove the Flyboard elbows and the Y-Pipe, inspect the bearings and bearing races for any damage. If need be, replace the bearings and wet sand the bearing races. Remember, do not use any grease or petroleum products.
5 – This is a great opportunity, while you have the time to use your imagination, replace worn Hydro-Turf and add Hydro-Turf where needed.
6 – Re-pack or replace trailer bearings.
If you have questions about any visual signs of wear on your jet ski or water flight products, don’t hesitate to contact us at PowerFly Products. You can send us pictures or ask our advice, we are here to help!
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