Why are the TRex 600 parts cheaper than TRex 450 parts??? - RC Groups
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Jun 28, 2006, 04:33 AM
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Why are the TRex 600 parts cheaper than TRex 450 parts???



Compare the cost of one way bearing and belts.

Swash and head blocks are about the same.

Who is ripping us off, Align or retailers???
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Jun 28, 2006, 04:40 AM
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Parts for micro helis are harder to manufacture because the tolerances must be tighter.

That's why micro helis usually aren't any cheaper than bigger helis.

Jun 28, 2006, 05:27 AM
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I just bought a Raptor Titan. In total with necessary equipment it cost me about the same as both my Rexes + batteries and charger for them did a while back so how anyone can think a big heli isn't any more expensive than a Rex is still slightly unclear to me.

Sure I've spent some $s on upgrades but I can do that to the Titan too if I want to but I cannot fly it on $12,- blades, more like $ 100,-. The XL at least flew well "right out of the box".

A 600 would be something like $1100,- for the CF version with Futuba servos, a 401 and a decent receiver while an SE should come in around $ 800,-.

Sure on the heli itself there are no really big differnce if you compare the SE with the 600's but you need some more expensive equipment in the 600 because of size...
Jun 28, 2006, 03:22 PM
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I compare the crash cost of my fully bling'ed Trex and that of my Swift heli. The cost of a crash is a little less on the swift (by a few bucks). On my swift, I never have to replace main gear. Servo gears have not broken any on my big heli. I keep changing servo gears on my trex. Big heli crashes less often also. Bad things about big helis are that it's hard to cary around every day (like bringing it to work to fly), higher upfront cost for battery / motor / ESC.
Jun 28, 2006, 03:39 PM
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no idea....
Jun 28, 2006, 04:11 PM
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Think of everything that goes into a part... Design, testing, manufacuring, shipping, warehousing, marketing, packaging, and of course, raw materials.

The costs associated with those things for trex vs. trex 600 are all very similar, with the exception of raw materials. That being said I would expect trex 600 prices to be slightly higher or the same. Toshi's comment makes sense about the tighter tollerances on minis costing more. And you gotta figure Align is going to push the 600 spares prices as low as possible to try and get more people to buy the thing.

Jun 28, 2006, 05:14 PM
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I just bought a Raptor, only to find out that the parts are cheaper for that than for my T-Rex...
Jun 28, 2006, 06:06 PM
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I fly both so I can say you're wrong. Here are the prices from heliproz:

Part/T-Rex 450 price/Raptor price
Landing Skid set/$8.99/$15.49
Tail baldes/$3.99 /$6.99
Tailboom/2 for $7.99 /$14.99each
Main blade grips/4 for $10.99/2 for $9.99
Flybar/2 for $3.99/$5.99each
main shaft/3 for $7.99/$8.99 each
fiberglass canopy/$21.99/$46.99
main gear/2 for $9.69/$10.99each
tail belt/$7.99/$24.59
Jun 28, 2006, 06:14 PM
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What I can say is that the T-REX 600 parts have a much less profit margin than the 450 and others. It all comes down to supply and demand and the current money conversions throughout the world.

Jun 29, 2006, 09:40 AM
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Not sure about the T600 being cheaper then the 450, but I can say

The T600 frame isn't cheaper!, I could buy a new T450 for the cost of the T600 frame
Jun 29, 2006, 12:15 PM
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That's a big piece of carbon we're talking about. Just the material alone is worth some pennies.

There is also the aluminum frame which I heard is every bit as stiff as the carbon, but a lot cheaper.
Jun 29, 2006, 02:51 PM
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Yeah it is $160 plus shipping worth of carbon, I still think that is a bit much for a stock frame. I can only hope the alum is alot cheaper, but holds up well.
Jun 29, 2006, 03:02 PM
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Sorry didn't realise that the links didn't work.

Trex 450 vs TRex 600

Belts 8.50/5.25
One way bearing 5.99/2.98
Swash 32.99/32.00


Jun 29, 2006, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Steph280
I fly both so I can say you're wrong. Here are the prices from heliproz:
I don't buy my stuff from Heliproz :-). Here in Sweden, and especially at my LHS, the Raptor parts are usually cheaper than the corresponding T-Rex parts. Try a mainshaft for $5, while the Rex one is closer to $10...

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