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Old 03-07-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Can a brushless esc run a brushed motor?

I have a vintage MRC MT-10m and a 12T double motor looking at me. If so how many amps does the esc need to be capable of? Looking at a 35a and 50a. I know I should just get a brushless motor too but im trying to be as cheap as possible.
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Yes there are quite a few brushless esc's that can be set up to run in brushed mode.

I dont know all of them, might take some reading. Off the top of my head real quick the tekin rs and castle systems can be run in brushed mode.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:32 PM   #3
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Ok, so only some can.... I was looking at esc's on hk and hobbypartz (don't want to spend a lot $20-$40)
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I once ran an LRP 8.5 sensored motor with a Mamba Max sensorless ESC. I'm not sure if I should have switched modes or not, but I didn't, and it seemed to work OK. It cogged a little when starting from a total stop, but other than that it worked OK.
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Yeah some can and some cant, depends on the brand, quality and feature set.

Hopefully someone will chime in about the ones you are looking at there.
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cough up the extra $25 and get a tacon 3650 motor and the 60amp esc, and you'll be a very happy camper.
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Generally, no, a brushless ESC cant run brushed motors since they require DC current while a normal ESC for "brushless" motors outputs 3-Phase current. Maybe there are some brushless ESCs that can output DC for brushed motors through 2 of the wires, but dont count on it
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If you are considering a certain esc, look at the specs or call up the seller on the phone and ask them.
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Generally, no, a brushless ESC cant run brushed motors since they require DC current while a normal ESC for "brushless" motors outputs 3-Phase current. Maybe there are some brushless ESCs that can output DC for brushed motors through 2 of the wires, but dont count on it
There are escs that can do both (tekin and castle to name a couple that i surely know about). The difference is changing a mode in the settings and you have to wire it differently. Instead of controlling 3 phases it is a direct throughput of power. On a brushed motor the "phases" are handled mechanically by the brushes and comm.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:38 PM   #10
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Castle creations mamba max, And its a real nice esc! Castle had them on clearence but they are all gone, Im running a brushed motor in my tundra with the mamba max and I love it!! But if you can afford it I would just go all brushless and get a decent set up from hobby partz cuz there not that bad on there prices!!
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it doesn't look like any of the ESC's on hobby partz will run a brushed motor. like the other guys have said castle will run a brushed motor, as will some novaks, and even the traxxas VXL will run brushed motors. but if you look on hobby partz you can find brushless esc and motor combos that will cost less then buying a new name brand ESC.
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Ok, I would have to get a new motor. Thanks for the help.
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On the Tower web site, car electronic controllers are divided into "brush/brushless" and "brushless" categories. Here is the link to our escs that run both:

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