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Old 11-19-2011, 06:57 AM   #1
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Well,after taking a number of years off from building and flying,it's time to have at it and enjoy the hobby again.I'll dust off the trainer to limber up the thumbs but will head off to lager types.Although mainly focusing on the up to 50cc types of sport models,just looking for direction on decently priced servos.Futaba of course has a good selection but what about some of the others?Any to stay clear of or are they all decent across the board? All input welcome.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:26 AM   #2
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Re: Guidance on servo selection

You're correct on the Futabas. Personally I have been using Hitec in a majority of applications and they also have a wide range of sizes and torques. Their geartrain has a bit of a problem in that one internal gear has a habit of wearing rapidly under load. From what I have heard JR makes very good servos and my friend uses them almost exclusively on his turbine jets.

On that note, if you were like me and had a hiatus from the hobby you will be in for a shock. The technology has really advanced. Now you have the choice of analog and digital servos, coreless motors, programmable functions and a much higher performance capability. All that comes at a cost, so when you opt for much better servos be prepared to feed them more current. The old 4-600MHh packs standard when I started are far too limp for todays needs.

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Old 11-19-2011, 09:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response Cougar429. I have noticed the advancements as well as the need to use stouter batteries.A nice progression for sure.I did hear a while back that certain HITEC servos has issues.May just have to be very selective on them or go with Futaba only.
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Re: Guidance on servo selection

Aside from Hitec, Futaba, and JR - you may want to give Savox a try - we have been selling them for a while now, and the feedback has been great. Savox also makes servos for Spectrum and Align. They have been in the game for a long time, so they are a proven company.

You can try some of the other overseas brands - but make sure you test each servo thoroughly before flying - we've brought in many of the overseas brands for testing and have been disappointed with the quality control and failure rates.

For a 50cc sport plane - you can look at the Hitec HS-5685MH - these offer 157oz of torque at 6.0v and can be run at 7.4v (for 179oz of torque). These are basically the new replacement for the HS-5645MG - they are a better servo and center much better than the 5645.

If you are have a 50cc aerobatic plane or plan to compete in IMAC or fly 3D - you'll need a better servo. Something like the Hitec 7985, 7954 or 7955 - or the Savox SC-1256TG or SC-1258TG (They offer Titanium Gears) or the Savox SC-1268SG

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Old 11-19-2011, 12:33 PM   #5
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+1 on the Savox servos I've found mine to be very fast and durable at a lower price point than the Hitecs.

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