UPDATE: We've resumed production on some of our complete airdrive kits, and expect to be shipping Bandit 54 kits again by mid January 2024. Please contact us for availability and to get a freight quote to your zip code.

The Bandit 54 is our biggest airdrive, featuring a Vanguard 35 hp or Vanguard 40 hp EFI engine turning a 56" propeller for maximum thrust. Perfect for mid-sized jon boats in the 1448-1648 range. It's designed to push 2 people plus light gear. Cruise through shallow water with submerged debris and vegetation with no moving parts in the water!
Bandit 54 Specifications
Boats 1448, 1544, 1648, or similar jon boats
Engine Briggs 35 hp, 40 hp hp EFI, Duromax 999 cc, or similar
Propeller 56" diameter 3 blade
Speed 15-25 mph (depending on payload)
Weight 250 lbs
Fuel burn 1.5-2.5 gallon per hour
Bandit 54 Pricing
1. Airdrive kit only (use your own engine*) $4250
2. Airdrive kit including Vanguard 35 hp engine Not currently available
4. Upgrade to Powerfin carbon fiber propeller $575

Bandit 54 Airdrive features:
1. Welded steel construction
2. Durable powder coat finish
3. Belt reduction drive reduces tip speed and propeller noise
4. Installs using 4 simple brackets on the transom and rear bench seat of most boats
5. 4 point mounting system with vibration dampeners result in smooth ride
6. NO moving parts in the water to hit submerged debris or get tangled in weeds
7. Designed for the Briggs and Kohler big block V-Twin engines.
8. Running gear is all stainless steel and aluminum for superior corrosion resistance
9. Optional Powerfin carbon fiber propeller for extra thrust and smooth running.

For more details, call us at 817-944-1957 or send us an email!

This is a kit that requires assembly and some knowledge of small engines
Engine is shipped separately from the airdrive and running gear, with both packages arriving via truck freight. Assembly/installation process includes mounting 4 brackets on your jon boat, bolting airdrive frame to these brackets, bolting engine to airdrive frame, installing belt reduction drive and propeller, installing rudders, installing airboat-style control stick, wiring kill switch, running throttle and steering cables. Starter battery and fuel tank not included. Note: depending on the location of your fuel tank, you may also need a 1-3 psi fuel lift pump (not included).

The Bandit 54 airdrive has to ship by LTL freight. Freight is typically between $300-$450 depending on your location. If you can have the airdrive shipped to a business address or freight terminal, this will reduce the shipping cost (Residential delivery with a lift gate adds cost). Also, if you are within driving distance of Katy, Texas, feel free to pick up your airdrive in person! It will easily fit in most pickup beds or small trailers.

Bandit 54 with 40 hp EFI engine installed on a customer's 1648 jon boat, running on late season ice in Wisconsin. The handlebar steering system was a custom upgrade by the customer.

Bandit 54 Airdrive in action on a Lowe 1648 jon boat. This video shows the Bandit 54 with the Vanguard 35 hp engine. This version can plane up to 700 lbs payload (people plus gear)