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Old 10-25-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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I just got my SC10 Kit and wanted to know the best servo to buy. Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:18 PM   #2
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I just got my SC10 Kit and wanted to know the best servo to buy. Thanks.
According to your exact question, I would say the best servo would be a Spektrum s6040, S6030, XP Ds1313, Savox 1258tg. I know there's plenty of others, but these I have used and recommend.
But in reality you should just be looking for a servo with at least .15 speed @ 6volts, and at least 130 oz in. @ 6volts.
A good (and affordable) example would be a Hitek hs645mg. Driving style has a lot to do with your choice. Some guys need higher torque, some more speed.
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According to your exact question, I would say the best servo would be a Spektrum s6040, S6030, XP Ds1313, Savox 1258tg. I know there's plenty of others, but these I have used and recommend.
But in reality you should just be looking for a servo with at least .15 speed @ 6volts, and at least 130 oz in. @ 6volts.
A good (and affordable) example would be a Hitek hs645mg. Driving style has a lot to do with your choice. Some guys need higher torque, some more speed.

What he said.
I have the Spektrum S6040 in my 2wd and it's fast
the Savox 1256tg in my 4x4 it's strong and fast(ish)
Savox 1258tg same specs as the S6040 really.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:01 AM   #4
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check out hobbypartz .com exi digital servo. cheap and fast i've been racing with one for a little over a year now
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:39 AM   #5
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i have the AE DS1015, and i love it. It is very expensive, and there are probably ones just as good or better for a better price.

im a newb, so i bought the AE one to go with the AE truck
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:25 AM   #6
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i run a savox 1258tg

very fast, and more than enough torque for this very light weight truck.

200+ oz isnt needed in a truck this light. but servo speed helps it respond faster in racing.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:33 PM   #7
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i have the AE DS1015, and i love it. It is very expensive, and there are probably ones just as good or better for a better price.

im a newb, so i bought the AE one to go with the AE truck
I second this. 1015 is possibly the best servo I have ever bought. I did duty from a d8t to a 8t 2.0 to a ta05 to a slash to a jrxs-r and now in my Sc10. It is absolutely the best money I have spent in this hobby.

If you are on a budget, get a Align DS610. Have not used it, my bud does. He swears by it.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:57 AM   #8
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Cheap, Hitec HS5625MG. runs $45, decent speed, decent torque, digital (and that helps a bunch)

Way better, Savox 1258TG, runs ~$67 I think, and they may still be doing free T-shirt and shipping, direct from their site. Savox combined with some ESC's will be a bad thing, and you'll need either a capacitor or BEC (or you could just direct-wire but the lifespan of the servo will be slightly reduced.)


If you can swing it, the Savox appears to be the best deal going. Most of the racers around me have already upgraded to it. Silly me, I bought the HS5625MG and there is a significant difference on the very tight portions of the track.
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According to your exact question, I would say the best servo would be a Spektrum s6040, S6030, XP Ds1313, Savox 1258tg. I know there's plenty of others, but these I have used and recommend.
But in reality you should just be looking for a servo with at least .15 speed @ 6volts, and at least 130 oz in. @ 6volts.
A good (and affordable) example would be a Hitek hs645mg. Driving style has a lot to do with your choice. Some guys need higher torque, some more speed.
Hmmm.... I am using a Spektrum S6040 cuz I was told by a Losi Team driver that you don't want any more speed than .09 and the 6040 is rated at .08. I can see what he's saying, on a dirt track super fast may not be the best option
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Hmmm.... I am using a Spektrum S6040 cuz I was told by a Losi Team driver that you don't want any more speed than .09 and the 6040 is rated at .08. I can see what he's saying, on a dirt track super fast may not be the best option
You can always slow it down w/ a decent radio.
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True enough
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Not too many servo's out there faster than .08 unless you want to spend $150+. I also use the S6040 and it is perfect. The range I would use is .08 to .15. But .15 is gonna seem slow for most people. And torque needs to be between 100 to 200 oz in.
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check out hobbypartz .com exi digital servo. cheap and fast i've been racing with one for a little over a year now
Not only have I been looking for a new esc/motor combo but I've been looking for a better servo too. I can't really afford the Hitec HS-5625MG at $45 plus shipping, but the EXI Digital 226F has identical specs as the hitec and is 2/3rds cheaper too. I will be ordering one of them in the next day or so.

I currently have 3 Futaba S3305 servos, not a bad servo but they are kind of slow overall. Depending on how this EXI goes, I might have 3 servos up for sale in the near future.
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Not only have I been looking for a new esc/motor combo but I've been looking for a better servo too. I can't really afford the Hitec HS-5625MG at $45 plus shipping, but the EXI Digital 226F has identical specs as the hitec and is 2/3rds cheaper too. I will be ordering one of them in the next day or so.

I currently have 3 Futaba S3305 servos, not a bad servo but they are kind of slow overall. Depending on how this EXI goes, I might have 3 servos up for sale in the near future.
All I got to say is watch out for the case. Top of the case has no bushing or bearing for one of the gear shafts. Over time the case will wear where the middle gear shaft rides on nothing but plastic.. . and cause the servo to fail.
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All I got to say is watch out for the case. Top of the case has no bushing or bearing for one of the gear shafts. Over time the case will wear where the middle gear shaft rides on nothing but plastic.. . and cause the servo to fail.
I was reading the reviews and 1 of they guys were saying to pull the servo apart and remove the o-ring on the final metal gear output shaft which was the cause of the servos to fail. This was on the D227F though. Either way, just under $20 for a servo that has a center to full lock in 1 direction in .15/sec and 180oz, it's hard to not try it out.

I also checked the photos, they show the D226F with a bearing.
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