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Old 09-30-2010, 07:13 PM   #11
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Re: What is the best "standard servo"

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I have had more than a 50% failure rate with the hitec servo's that I have used.

Years ago when I was flying pattern, I thought I'd use 422's on throttle servo's, I bought 3 of them, one for my primary plane, one for my backup, and one as a spare. The first one worked fine, the second one was dead out of the box, 3rd one worked for about 12 flights and then started to oscillate.
When I decided to try a shock flier for the first time, I bought all HS81's. I bought 4 of them for the shocky. 1 of them was again dead right out of the box, replaced it, they worked fine outside of very weak gear trains. One good bump and they would strip.

A couple years ago, I was asked to use Hitec servo's in a jet by a distributor. I was supplied the servo's at no charge, I asked for the best servo that was available from Hitec. the 7XXX series were not available at that time, I was given 3 5955's for a Rafale I was putting together. One servo was again, completely dead out of the box, a second one started out sounding like it had gravel in it and then smoothed out only to begin bouncing around with no input from the radio. Both were replaced, but I have never been able to use a Hitec servo without wondering constantly "when will it fail"........

It does bother me to no end that my Firebird has to use a Hitec servo on the stab, but at least it's only a rebadged Multiplex servo and not one of Hitec's own designs.

I have personally witnessed more than a few Hitec digital servo's (this is years back and I'm sure this issue was resolved) that smoked themselves quite literally in flight when transmitter ATV's were set beyond 100%. I think this is the problem that you were discussing Andrew from years back.

Recently, I was asked to check some of the new 7XXX series digitals to see what I thought of them, while they work fine, their centering ability was horrible. On a 1" servo arm, 8 servo's tested, not one of them could come back to center any closer than .003" while the comparable JR AND Futaba's could center within .0005" on a 1" arm.

Please also note, I said nothing bad about Hitec in this thread up until this post, all I stated was that I trusted the JR servo's more than anything that Hitec produces, that is nothing more than my feelings / opinions. I did not air any beef regarding hitec, only said I trusted JR more than them.

I would go out on a limb and say that it's unlikely that ANY of the top Pattern fliers in the world are using Hitec servo's. Almost all of the guys I fly jets with use JR or Futaba servo's.

Bang for the buck isn't even THAT good of an arguement anymore as the difference in cost between Hitec and JR or Futaba is not that great anymore, not like it used to be.

So anyway, there is my personal experience with Hitec and why I will not use them. For me, peace of mind is worth the extra money and anywhere that I need a precise servo, Hitec would be very far down on my list of choices.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:40 AM   #12
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Everyone I know that uses Hitec servos has no problems and find them an excellent value. I have used them in many applications and never had a problem. I suspect Andrews experiences are what most modelers results are.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:04 PM   #13
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All I use now is Hitec, the others all have lots of slop in the gear train after a few years.
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Re: What is the best "standard servo"

I use the HiTech 425's and agree they are great value, strong and reliable. I've got some S3004's also, same price and also very good, though I'm not as sure about reliability.

I'd like to know what the best value in standard digital servos is...
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I won't use anything but Hitec for servos. Can't beat the price and they are a step above the rest in my opinion.
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