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Old Oct 29, 2013, 04:16 PM
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Anybody know a good place where I can order/buy reduction gears for electric RC boats?
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Old Oct 29, 2013, 04:21 PM
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First, ask yourself if reduction is really needed... in many cases, there are both brushed and brushless motors available that will give the needed power at an appropriate speed in direct drive. This will always be cheaper, more efficient, more compact, and quieter if you can make it work.
Part of judging this is knowing your prop size (which leads directly to the appropriate speed requirement, see the chart in the article below), and the battery voltage you prefer to run on.

If gears are wanted: read my article:
http://matthewsmodelmarine.wordpress...all-geared-up/

Note that it's old and some of the recommended gearboxes may be hard to find, or there may be newer choices. If you're running the common 500/600 brushed motor size, then the Master Airscrew box is great if you can find it...OOP, so maybe ebay.
Old Oct 31, 2013, 08:39 AM
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Since I don’t build race boats, I have found in the past that gearing down most electric motors to a 2/1 ratio usually makes for a more realistic looking speed in work boats and most military ship models plus it increases motor power and reduces the prospect of over-heating and even conserves battery power. I haven’t found that the price of gear setups to be excessive. The problem usually is finding places where to buy them. Dumas orders in hobby shops seems to be the only option. I was just wondering if there were more places where they could be purchased?
Old Oct 31, 2013, 09:19 AM
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I use the Robbe units - both 3:1 and 5:1, not sure how available they are at present.
Old Oct 31, 2013, 01:05 PM
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With ten operational boats, I can only point to two that have any sort of gear reduction. One I would consider a success as it greatly extended my running time with no loss of performance. The other installtion may be a bit marginal. Run times are good, but the model lacks the speed and power to punch through choppy water. Props with more pitch might be used, but I have not found any with the correct diameter. So consider the need for gearing with some caution.

This is the gear reduction I used on a pair of 550 motors in one boat.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXSL79&P=ML
I have another boat that has a pair of geared 400s I bought from this website.
http://www.maxxprod.com/mpi/mpi-10a.html
Old Oct 31, 2013, 04:23 PM
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One thing about gearing it’s pretty simple to undo a gear reduction at least for me as a scratch builder I always figure out how to make the entire main deck and super structure removable for easy access to running gear.

I know I can find gear reduction in my local hobby shop if I order it from the Dumas catalog. Looks like my only option.

Thanks guys!
Old Oct 31, 2013, 04:35 PM
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Nooooo! Anything but that Dumas junk! As pointed to above, there's lots of much better hardware available...
Old Nov 01, 2013, 07:53 AM
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SCRATCH BUILDER- May I offer you an optional Motor-Gear Box selection which was stated by Pat in his article, the M.A.C.K. Products Model #2041 Motor-Gearbox Combo.
http://www.mackproductsrc.com/Power%20p2.htm
Old Nov 05, 2013, 09:26 AM
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Did you see this post?

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2028875
Old Dec 04, 2013, 11:57 PM
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Robbe GearSets


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I use the Robbe units - both 3:1 and 5:1, not sure how available they are at present.
I'm in New Brunswick, sub-dealer for Lowell Briggs Hobbies in NS, he and I both have Robbe Gear cases and different gear sets for these, in 3.3:1 and 5:1
Old Dec 05, 2013, 06:31 AM
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Hi SB,

I'm with Pat, if you don't need gearing down because the prop would be too large for the motor in question, don't.
If you use a motor like this:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ner_Motor.html
running on 3S (11,1V) gives you about 3500rpm at full throttle.

The motor mentioned is just an example, as you didn't mention which boat(size) you want to power.

Regards, Jan.
Old Dec 05, 2013, 10:33 PM
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Motor options


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Hi SB,

I'm with Pat, if you don't need gearing down because the prop would be too large for the motor in question, don't.
If you use a motor like this:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ner_Motor.html
running on 3S (11,1V) gives you about 3500rpm at full throttle.

The motor mentioned is just an example, as you didn't mention which boat(size) you want to power.

Regards, Jan.
Then of course, there are also the nice Johnson 970 motors, which come in two versions, the single shaft which run very high RPM and draw big amperage, or the double-shaft, 5000 RPM, high torque, low amperage draw, which do work well direct drive for larger boats. I have also converted windshield wiper motors, a Mitsubishi one and a couple VW(Bosch) motors which have two sets of brushes, giving two speeds, 3300 and 5000 RPM, 12 pole fine windings, great bearings and drawing approx. 1.8amp
Old Dec 29, 2013, 08:45 AM
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SCRATCH BUILDER- May I offer you an optional Motor-Gear Box selection which was stated by Pat in his article, the M.A.C.K. Products Model #2041 Motor-Gearbox Combo.
http://www.mackproductsrc.com/Power%20p2.htm
Hey thanks frank. I hadnít noticed or used M.A.C.K. products before. The gear reduction setups and prices look very interesting. Iíll have to add M.A.C.K. to my list of possible parts and materials list.

Thanks again!
Old Dec 30, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Forget over priced hobby stuff, try the electronics market. as of this A M Electronics Goldmine has motors and gears and gear boxes..
Old Dec 30, 2013, 09:50 AM
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Straight up is all I ask
This has a few ratio's to choose from . Also they have a few others .
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXSL79&P=0


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