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Old 12-21-2014, 12:33 PM   #1
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What mini 1/12 servo do you guys recommend? Looking to spend $120 or less?

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Old 12-21-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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First choice, jr 3650 but I don't think they make it anymore.

Second choice, Futaba 9650. Fantastic servo.
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+1 on the Futaba, also consider the Airtronics 94761z, another good servo
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The Sanwa/ airtronics servos are good but the mounting pattern doesn't work on most 1/12th scales. The futaba bs651 or the new KO RSX mini would be my choice with your budget. The 9650 is a good budget 1/12th servo but it has plastic gears. Not ideal!
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:24 PM   #5
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The 9650 is a good budget 1/12th servo but it has plastic gears. Not ideal!
So what. It's been the most popular 1/12th servo for a decade or more and I've never seen one strip.
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I'm fairly new to 1/12 and so I've hit a few things while learning. Anyway, I stripped two Futaba 9650's, obviously driver error, but they are delicate. I replacedi it with a JR. and have no issues. I put a Savox 1250 in my WGT car and it's been great as well
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I find it handy that the futaba 9650 servo has horizontal tabs that allow bolting the servo directly to the 1/12th scale chassis without need for any servo mounting posts. Also, the futaba's tabs are slotted, which allows the servo to be slid fore-aft in order get to just the desired ackerman setting. I have one in my 1/12th car and also my WGT, and have never had an issue with either.
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Found a JR 3650 new in the package on ebay for $89 bought it. This is going in my xti WC I just got last night, cant wait.

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Good choice. It's one bad mother of a servo.
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:34 AM   #11
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I'm fairly new to 1/12 and so I've hit a few things while learning. Anyway, I stripped two Futaba 9650's, obviously driver error, but they are delicate. I replacedi it with a JR. and have no issues. I put a Savox 1250 in my WGT car and it's been great as well
What??!!! You are the only person who has ever stripped gears in a 9650 IME. They are the most reliable, strongest and longest-lasting servos in 12th. Over 60% of our 100s of drivers in UK Nationals use a 9650.

Savox are not preferred - they suffer problems with brown-outs and their centring is second to everyone else. I know only one person using Savox that has had no problems with it.

There is a reason that the helicopter guys use the 9650 for the tail rotor servo - it is simply the best, most accurate, small, high-speed servo on the market. HTH
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I'm fairly new to 1/12 and so I've hit a few things while learning. Anyway, I stripped two Futaba 9650's, obviously driver error, but they are delicate. I replacedi it with a JR. and have no issues. I put a Savox 1250 in my WGT car and it's been great as well
If you have stripped 2 I want to see video of the crash it must have been epic. Delicate they are not. One of the best servos for 1/12th
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I could see stripping one if you ran it without a servo saver. That's about the only way.
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I l'île m'y Ko PDS 951. It's discontinued though. They released the RSX 12, if it's as good as the PDS, I would consider it.

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I managed to strip two Futaba 9650 gear sets until I softened the servo saver (I bought the car second hand and the original servo saver had no give at all). They aren't the strongest around, but are usually good enough if the servo saver does its job.
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