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Jul 07, 2006, 07:43 AM
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Can a brushless motor run in reverse?

I've got a Tower Pro motor, and would like to use it on a flying wing, but am unsure if I can wire the three leads in reverse to make it work. Thanks in advance.
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Jul 07, 2006, 07:45 AM
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yes. just change the wires around untill it runs in reverse.
Jul 07, 2006, 07:52 AM
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By "change the wires around", he means swap any two wires to reverse the motor.
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Jul 07, 2006, 08:02 AM
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Thank you both very much.
Jul 07, 2006, 08:12 AM
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Yes but I usually don't notice it until after I've made it a nightmare to get to the motor wires.
Jul 07, 2006, 09:37 AM
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Or use a CC ESC (and maybe others?) that can reverse the motor direction from the ESC programming mode.
Jul 07, 2006, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by bildo baggins
Yes but I usually don't notice it until after I've made it a nightmare to get to the motor wires.
Me too - I seem to always forget to run the motor until the cowl is on with all those itty bitty screws, or I've glued it on such as on one of the foamys.

Which is one of the things I love about the Castle ESCs - just hook up the handy dandy CastleLink and tell it to reverse the motor.

May 06, 2009, 02:39 AM
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I would like to add to the question. Is it possible to make a dualsky brushless motor run on channel 4 in both directions on the fly. ie: can a robbe ESC instruct the motor to rotate left on left stick and right on right stick? Local shops here say it cant be done. Our application is a thrust motor on a large airship.
May 06, 2009, 09:57 AM
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Plane controllers don't have the reverse you're looking for, boat controllers (all?) have one.

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Vriendelijke groeten Ron
May 06, 2009, 02:24 PM
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THANK YOU so much! You have resolved a Austrian riddle that we have received here in SA that has driven me mad! BOAT ESC!! Brilliant.
Jul 06, 2009, 11:27 PM
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if you reverse the wires between the battery and esc what does it do?
Jul 06, 2009, 11:31 PM
homo ludens modellisticus
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ESC whether brushed or brushless, will go up in smoke.
This goes for all electronics in general, servo, RC, tv, appliances, car etc.

You will be your LHS will be and your wife will be

Finally, my devious mind has figured out why some ESC manufacters don't tell how to reverse rotation
Or am I just being paranoid?

Vriendelijke groeten Ron
Last edited by Ron van Sommeren; Jul 06, 2009 at 11:40 PM.
Jul 07, 2009, 10:59 PM
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thanks ron,
but could it be possible that you blow up the battery instead because i accidently did swap the wires and the battery blew up? i tested the esc and motor and they seem fine.
Feb 11, 2011, 01:52 PM
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I'm trying to make a twin engine plane (Like a Bomber) all I know is if you change two wires from the esc to the motor it will spin the other direction. But where do I get a proppeller for the motor spinning backwards?
Feb 11, 2011, 03:08 PM
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Same place you get all your propellers...just ask for a pusher prop. THey are available but there's not the same range made as standard props.


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