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Old 01-22-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default Brushed or Brushless which is cheaper?

I know brushed equipment fromESCs to motors to brushes etc. on an "average" can be cheaper. Now is BL that much more cost effective? how long can a BL motor run b4 it needs to be replaced when compared to it Brushed counterpart?
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brushed:
Motor: 30
ESC: 60
Lathe: 90
Brushes+Springs: 5 a month

now thats nearly 200, and after a few months becomes very expensive.

Brushless: whole setup: 150
and a brushless motor will last for years . so when combined wih lipo, will become very cheap to run.
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Brushless is a higher upfront cost but lower long term cost for competitive racing. If you are bashing then brushed is much cheaper.
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actually the xbr brushless system and the sidewinder brushless are very affordable.. under 180 bux..

if your into racing. go figure at least 100 bux for a good racing esc..
another 45 50 for a mod motor.. or a tuned stocker or 19 turn. and then the cost of brushes and springs... about ten or 12 bux per rebuild..

without the cost of a lathe. brushed is still a bit cheaper.. but... id rather just lay down the money and go brushless...

as long as you dont overheat the brushless motor.. or over rev it it will outlast your car.
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Cost of a comm lathe? People are probably giving those things away now! Heck someone could just collect all the brushed motors and accessories from all those that have moved from brushless and be set for life is all they wanted to do was bash...
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Cost of a comm lathe? People are probably giving those things away now! Heck someone could just collect all the brushed motors and accessories from all those that have moved from brushless and be set for life is all they wanted to do was bash...
Very true. I've held onto a comm lathe that I haven't used for ages, just because I know I won't get much for it on the eBay. I basically 'bash' on consoles nowadays and used games are so much cheaper than buying new releases...this is how I'm approaching RC nowadays too I still want the BL and Li-Po but as long as the regular stuff is holding out I may as well use it
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Brushless is a higher upfront cost but lower long term cost for competitive racing. If you are bashing then brushed is much cheaper.
I agree, but if you went out and bought a Brushed ESC that was of the same performance levels of a BL ESC, the cost is almost the same. For example, an LRP QC3 is about $160, and a good Brushed motor will cost you $30-40, plus a few sets of brushes, etc... you've reached the cost of a Novak SS BL system.
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I agree, but if you went out and bought a Brushed ESC that was of the same performance levels of a BL ESC, the cost is almost the same. For example, an LRP QC3 is about $160, and a good Brushed motor will cost you $30-40, plus a few sets of brushes, etc... you've reached the cost of a Novak SS BL system.
$190 to $265 in your example. Not too far off. But thats for racing competitively. Obviously you can get a brushed setup much cheaper then that. Cheapest brushless is $170.
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