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Old 09-12-2017, 07:06 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, 03:39 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, 05:39 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, 02:32 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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