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Old Apr 11, 2006, 07:38 PM
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What a rip!!!

I don't believe I will EVER buy another micro servo manufactured by Futaba...in fact, I am about ready to dump all my Futaba crap over this.

So, here it is...I bought 4 S3108 servos a few months back. I haven't flown a lot with them but I have flown a little. Well, I had them installed in the Tail of my Fliton Edge 540 Mini and on Sunday I literally bumped the elevator. I stripped the gears and not I need a replacement set. This is a $13 servo and the replacement gears are $6.49 + parts express shipping (not sure how much that is from Tower, but it isn't free...even though a stamp would mail them)

So, I bought some HS-55's recently and have been in love with them since. Much longer servo wire leads...with my Futaba I had to use extensions for EVERY surface. The HS-55's are great...they come with mounting hardware and replacement control horns and they have cheaper replacement gear sets. I know that there are probably some better servos even than the HS-55's, but what are they and where can I get them??

-John

I love my HS-55's!!
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 07:42 PM
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I like my Futaba standard servos. only have a few though. would NEVER give of my Fut Radio though!!
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 07:42 PM
Yep I got another one.
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GWS naro's are great too and only about $10 VS $15 for the HS-55's I actually use both even mix and match them. I buy which one is on sale
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 08:20 PM
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I have a Futaba 9C radio but since I fly only electrics anymore I have thought about ditching it in favor of a Spektrum 2.4GHz transmitter and receivers. I have guys that fly glow near my house and there could be other people flying nearby that I don't even know of. I just don't want to lose a plane...and I doubt that I will ever use more than 6 channels...

-John

Also, by the time I can afford some huge plane that requires 8 or 9 channels there will be some new technology that will render my 9C worthless. Probably gonna have some long range blurtooth jobby soon. I have already heard of guys tweaking those microsizers to be controlled by a bluetooth cell phone.

Anyway, I like my radio, I just think that it is more than I need...when I bought it just after they came out I thought that it was a great hobby investment.

Oh well...so, should I spring the $6.50 for the gears or should I spring for a new HS-55 that is on sale somewhere...where is the cheapest HS-55 nowadays?

-John
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 08:59 PM
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E flight now makes a good micro servo that comes with longer arms, great for ailerons off of one servo, Jim
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 09:18 PM
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Something like the S75. I have heard so so reviews about them...some people like them but others say that they are twitchy and chatter a lot. How do you like them?

-John
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 10:06 PM
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no problems at all so far, maybe 15 flights. Jim
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 10:12 PM
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Yeah, I use the HS-55's pretty much exclusively... I have airplanes which have been in the air for two years with the same HS-55 servos...

On my E-Flite P-47, I used the E-Flite brand servos. I forget what they're called, but they're just as good (if not better) than the HS-55's so far.

I also purchased some "el cheapo" ($7) 6 gram servos for my Cox Micro Warbird... I'm expecting to be disapointed with the reliability -- then again, you get what you pay for.
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 11:02 PM
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I had 3 of the s75's in my heli. They work well but over time they develop some pretty significant slop around center. You can replace the gears with hitec hs-55 gears though and they get a lot better.
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 11:27 PM
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its ok, the guy at my local shop sold my friend the futaba micro servos that have 1.7oz of torque. They couldnt even move the tail feathers on his slow stick properly. It was horrible. And he got the reciever with the micro connections, so he is stuck with using the few servos that use that.


we went back, returned two of them, and got the better, higher torque ones.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 09:25 AM
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I had 3 of the s75's in my heli. They work well but over time they develop some pretty significant slop around center. You can replace the gears with hitec hs-55 gears though and they get a lot better.

The Hitec 55 gears fit in the EFlight S-75 servos?
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 10:05 AM
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I have been using the HS56 in the small electrics. Love 'em.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 10:52 AM
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Futaba 3108's are good servos but replacement parts are expensive. Best left to when you have advanced beyond the point of frequent crashing. The HS55's work well. They do get pretty sloppy in a TRex but for foamies they are great, cheap and parts are available. IMO the HS56 is the King of the Hill for Micro Servos at present. They are a bit heavier but for slightly larger foamies they are the ticket
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:38 AM
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I have at least 20 Hitec HS 55's and they are great. Occasionally a gear will strip but it has been due to abuse and not the servos fault. I have compared the HS 55 to a E-flite S-75 and found that HS 55 has more control arm throw. Also the wires on the S-75 are a little too short and require extensions. I do use the S-75 3D arms on my HS 55's for 3D applications. They fit fine are are inexpensive. I recently purchased several HS 55's from my LHS for $12.99.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 07:00 PM
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GWS NARO and the new Eflight servos are in all of my planes..... Had same experience with Futaba. After 25 years of Futaba, I have switched to Hitec Optic 6 radio. Great value and no problems.
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