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Old 01-27-2007, 10:33 AM
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Default Worth revising servos??

Have several old(er) Futaba servos, with the pin type connectors (were these called J connectors?). Numbers are: FP-16, FP-23, FP-26, and a few FP-S20s, which are small (micro?). Is it safe, and economically feasible to change the connectors to current day types, or is it just better to throw away and buy the latest/greatest? Must have a dozen of the standard size, and my current radio is a Futaba 6EXAP FM, a fine system. Tried a search, but may not have searched correctly or in the right area.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:54 AM
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Hi Yank51,
They will work fine with your new radio. You have two options, first you can buy new servo leads with "J" connectors (your old ones are "G")) and splice them on, if you don't like to solder, Hobby Lobby sells adaptors HLAE250 for $4.90 each, more than half the price of a new Hitec "standard" servo, but then the servo leads you have to solder on are only about $2.50.
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Old 01-27-2007, 12:41 PM
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Thanks Pete. I suspected as much, but before I invested in new leads. I though I'd ask. I also had ment to ask about using Hitec servos with my radio, but was pretty sure that was ok... I'm really interested in saving the micro servos as I've got a couple of projects I'm interested in doing that could use the smaller ones.
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:14 AM
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The only problem that I can see using older servo's is that if you strip a gear, you will probably not be able to replace it. As long as other servos are available to replace it if necessary, there is no real problem.

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The servos you mentioned are very old (30 years) and although you can convert any 3 wire servo and use them, I would not trust them for anything. New standard servos are cheap, $10 or less - see the following chart for some good info -

http://www.futaba-rc.com/servos/disc...ed-servos.html
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Yes, I wondered about that issue myself. And, I agree with you on this.... I would/will always be suspicious of these IF I do use any. IF I did, I'd use for a throttle or to drop something from A/C, certainly not for one of the control serfaces. Guess I was looking to see if my suspicions were correct...... Never hurts to ask others for this info.
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