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Old 02-23-2007, 07:37 AM
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Anyone know a reason why the new Tower receivers that are identical to the new Futaba 168 8 channel receiver are not just as good?? Save $10 plus cost of crystal as Tower version comes with one. Not about saving $$ just wondering if the Tower radio stuff is as good as Futaba.
Another strange quirk-the Futaba 3305 servo is advertised as NOT FOR USE IN AIRCRAFT. Futaba says this servo will not stand up to the vibration. Yet Tower has their TS-70 with metal gears and Surface Mount Technology(whatever that is) just for hi performance aircraft. Go figure.
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Old 02-23-2007, 07:44 AM
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Flipstart,

I can't speak to the Receiver... But I have 5 3305's that I have been using for various Airplane controls... They work fine but the gear train is sloppy... You wouldn't notice it on a car so much but you will on a high speed plane with large surfaces...

I use mine on a slow speed arobat and they work just fine...

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Old 02-23-2007, 07:46 AM
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I think you should be okay using the Tower receiver.
It is quite possible that the Tower receiver is the same as the Futaba; but it just has a different label.

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Old 02-23-2007, 12:38 PM
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I have both Futaba and Tower. As far as I can tell they perform equally. I think Tower makes their house brand cheaper for marketing reasons
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:23 PM
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If you remove the stickers on any of the system 3000 Tower radio gear it will show a futaba part number same with the hobbico gear. The main difference from the futaba and tower stuff is tower is the bottom shelf stock. It's all within spec and you'll more than likely never notice a difference put the QC is not as stringent. Also the system 2000 stuff is mainly hitec gear.
The TH receiver will now be like the 168 since futaba quit making the 127 they’ve now run out of stock to supply towers components so Tower needed to update their line as well.
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I have both Futaba and Tower. As far as I can tell they perform equally. I think Tower makes their house brand cheaper for marketing reasons
Just curious, what are the FCC ID numbers on the back? I've haven't seen the current stuff, but my System 3000 receiver and R127DF have the same FCC ID, therefore they are the same receiver inside.
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:21 AM
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Thanks for the replies-figured it was mostly marketing hoopla-but wanted to be sure-most of the Tower stuff I have bought is just as good as name brand.
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Sorry... missed your question. I've been away for a week. I'll check the receivers for numbers and get back to you.
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