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Old 09-12-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Best Steering Servo Around for 1/8th E Buggy

I cheaped out on a steering servo for my 1/8 buggy and I don't want to make the same mistake again. I want to buy quality servo that will last this time. If money were no option what servo would you purchase?
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:39 AM   #2
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Can't go wrong with Hitec, futaba, savox, protek, ko-propo, BK. I use Savox myself, but Hitec just came out with a new servo recently. Look to spend around $100 or more on a nice servo that's coreless, brushless, steel or titanium gears
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:39 AM   #3
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If you want something for the long haul, then I would only select a brand that offers a true service department in the US, and when it comes to service I truly believe nobody beats HiTec based on all the feedback I hear from the racers in my area... although I used to run Radiopost servos and was able to send them in for repairs from time to time for $25 service fees.

I once got burned by Savox and had to learn the hard way that they offer no service for servos outside of warranty. I got tricked into buying another servo and was told over the phone to send in the old servo with a current sales receipt and they would do a swap only to be denied later because I didn't buy from an authorized distributor in the US.... so that was another hard lesson learned.

I still play the budget game and currently race with brushless servos from JX in both my 1/8 truggy and buggy, though they have no service protection, but I keep a spare just in case and that's my level of protection. I'd rather have an instant replacement to keep racing the same day than to have to send a servo in for repairs and potentially lose multiple race days.

Another brand that I see picking up locally is MKS which might be worth looking into.
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I have had hitec servos for almost 20 years!
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:32 PM   #5
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Bill makes some great points.

I purchased a Savox servo and was happy with it, but I broke the plastic upper case and cannot find a replacement. I emailed Savox and they sent me on a wild goose chase. I have a $100 servo that I cannot use. From now on I will never purchase servos where I cannot purchase replacement parts... I.e cases and gears..... I purchased a Pro-Tek....so far so good. I have had good luck with Hitec as well (durable)
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Good to know about savox, the one I have hasn't given me any trouble thankfully.

My Hitec has been great and my protek 170sbl is amazing so I've bought a backup to have on hand.
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Don't forget the new kids on the block Pro Amps and MKS both have Very high quality servos with great specs. The Pro Amps also comes with a 2 yr warranty too!
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Don't forget the new kids on the block Pro Amps and MKS both have Very high quality servos with great specs. The Pro Amps also comes with a 2 yr warranty too!
+1 for ProAmps. Hands down the best servos on the market right now. I run these now both onroad and offroad. Fantastic servos and all metal cases too.
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I've had really good luck with the protek Korean servos. I recently bought 2 of their 170sbl versions and they are pretty good too, they are made in China, not korea. The 170sbl self center upon start up and have a pleasant starting chime that's audible, the Korean ones don't.

Most protek servos come with an abundance of install hardware and almost all come with a billet servo horn in the box. They are a great deal imo.
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For the Hitec servos I would recommend the following:

Good: D954MW/ D955TW (Replacement for the 7954/7955 with new high rez D series circuit)

Better: D945TW/D946TW (946 has full metal case)

Best: 9370TH/9380TH/9381TH Brushless (9381 has full metal case) (By far the best servos on the planet!)

D-Series 32-Bit Programmable Servos | HITEC RCD USA
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfdRsVZ5ro0 Adam Drake talks Hitec servos.

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For the Hitec servos I would recommend the following:

Good: D954MW/ D955TW (Replacement for the 7954/7955 with new high rez D series circuit)

Better: D945TW/D946TW (946 has full metal case)

Best: 9370TH/9380TH/9381TH Brushless (9381 has full metal case) (By far the best servos on the planet!)

D-Series 32-Bit Programmable Servos | HITEC RCD USA
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfdRsVZ5ro0 Adam Drake talks Hitec servos.

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Can you tell us why 9381 is by far the best on the planet?

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Good question! The motor in our brushless servos was designed by Steve Nue from Neumotors who builds some of the best motors in the industry Motors Archives - NeuMotors The circuit was designed my Alan Coconni who helped develop some of the first power system for full size electric cars and his designs are used in the models like the Prius and Tesla. The way his circuit works is it only supplies enough power needed to the motor to get the job done so combining the efficiency of the Nue motor and the circuit that includes regenerative braking which puts power back into the battery when the servo is slowing down, Hitecs brushless servos draw about 1/3rd the power of standard servos and other brushless models. If stalled, the servo only draws about 1A and can hold that load for extended period of time where other servos will draw 5A+ and burn up. The speed of the servo also never changes under load unlike other than can bog down and more load is applied. The deadband is less than 1us and the resolution is 4096 steps so they are incredibly precise and smooth. The 9381 is the newest version that is built with a full aluminum case. All 93XX series servos use Titanium gears throughout that show little signs of wear over time. We back this up with the best service in the industry so if you ever do have a problem you know that we will take care of you!
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