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Old Mar 10, 2011, 11:10 AM
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$1.89 Servos, Anyone Picking Some Up? (Pics, vids starting page 4)

Got this link in an ad from HK recently:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=16257

Anyone here placing an order?

Just curious as to reliability compared to HXT stuff.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 05:34 PM
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I wouldn't trust a servo that's $1.89 as far as I can throw it. I only use high quality Hitec stuff....I'm not risking months of work scratchbuilding a nice model to save a few bucks ona servo. Now, If I flew ARF stuff and could just go buy another matching one....
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 06:05 PM
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Servos don't often die in flight. You can usually tell when it's going to be a problem when you turn it on. For $1.89 you can't really go wrong buying a handful to see how the quality is and how well they work.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 06:28 PM
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My rock bottom is about $2.69. That's about what I pay for HXT-900s and 500s. I've had one failure so far out of many dozens in use. I often add a half-dozen of each to each Hobby City order. They always get used somewhere.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 07:14 PM
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The only servo I've ever had fail on me was a Hitec. It was a standard servo that came with a radio set they called the Flash 5. It was a pretty new servo too. It just started moving back and forth all by itself. Fortunately, it didn't happen in the air.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 07:46 PM
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They just emailed me that some stuff was back in stock (one item being a servo tester, go figure), I guess I'll grab a half dozen tonight with my other stuff and see what I get.

If anyone is interested I'll fill you in when they arrive.

HK usually takes a few weeks to get to me though.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 07:57 PM
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I've had a few servos just die mid flight, with absolutely no warning during the preflight. First time I was able to get the plane down, but the second and third times the plane went in, mid rolling harrier.

If I buy some of those, I'd put them in something liker a superfly, something that won't get hurt if one fails..

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The only servo I've ever had fail on me was a Hitec. It was a standard servo that came with a radio set they called the Flash 5. It was a pretty new servo too. It just started moving back and forth all by itself. Fortunately, it didn't happen in the air.
Sounds like a Hitec HS300, which I've heard had done that often.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 08:18 PM
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I ahve too much time invested in designing and scratch building to trust it to ANY radio componant that's cheap in price or quality, especially a servo controlling the direction of the model.

I've never had a bad Hitec servo, or an FMA servo either. I just don't trust anything that cheap......
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 08:25 PM
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MMMMmmmm... the color reminds me of the Orange Cream Bars.

The specs are very similar to an sg-90 though
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 09:03 PM
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I've had a $100 or so 1/4 scale servo go bad in a 1/5th scale truck once. Just saying. Price doesn't save you.

Mercedes break down all the time for example.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 09:13 PM
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If you want to buy cheap 'products', looks like you're rolling in good luck.

Sounds like these are the discards that even the factory owner's cousin won't bother with, so the weekly trash pickup sells them for a couple of wotzits a dozen...

I'll tag along with Mark here.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 09:15 PM
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I've had a $100 or so 1/4 scale servo go bad in a 1/5th scale truck once. Just saying. Price doesn't save you.

Mercedes break down all the time for example.
It sure can give you a lot more reliability. In a 1/5 scale truck no doubt that servo was working for it's money....how long do you think a $5.00 servo would have lasted????

Yeah, a Rolls Royce can break, but how often compared to a Yugo?

No thanks, I'll stick with a decent name brand that I can trust.....
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 09:21 PM
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It sure can give you a lot more reliability. In a 1/5 scale truck no doubt that servo was working for it's money....how long do you think a $5.00 servo would have lasted????

Yeah, a Rolls Royce can break, but how often compared to a Yugo?

No thanks, I'll stick with a decent name brand that I can trust.....
Who cares about fancy cars, my Toyota has never broken down in it's 10 years of service driving through the Rocky Mountains.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 09:22 PM
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I ahve too much time invested in designing and scratch building to trust it to ANY radio componant that's cheap in price or quality, especially a servo controlling the direction of the model.

I've never had a bad Hitec servo, or an FMA servo either. I just don't trust anything that cheap......
You would be surprised to find out how much the hs-55 costs to make.
You'd be surprised to find out how much the distributors pay.

Things like Hitec and other name brand servo's have several hands they enter into before they even get to the end user's hands...
All those other hands mark up the price.

manufacturer - Private label reseller - distributor - dealer - end user.

Regarding price versus reliability.. I would take a $4 HXT900 servo over the $10 HS-55 all day long.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 09:28 PM
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Who cares about fancy cars, my Toyota has never broken down in it's 10 years of service driving through the Rocky Mountains.
When did Toyota become a cheap car? Last I looked they were a little more expensive than similar cars in their class.
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