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Old 06-01-2003, 10:29 PM
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Does anyone know of a source for a servo exerciser that has an automatic test mode (i.e. drives the servo from one limit to the other).

I would prefer to build something, but will consider a commercial unit.
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Old 06-02-2003, 12:35 AM
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They are called servo testers. Available in manual and automatic varieties.

Here's one from Hitec available at Tower Hobbies and other fine RC sources (click on image)



or visit Hitec's website for more info. http://www.hitecrcd.com/Servos/HFP-10.htm
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Default Re: Servo Exercisers?

Originally posted by MarkD
Does anyone know of a source for a servo exerciser that has an automatic test mode (i.e. drives the servo from one limit to the other).

I would prefer to build something, but will consider a commercial unit.
Multiplex has one which is only about $25.00 I use it everyday to test my Fiber optic extensions. Works very nicely.
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Old 06-02-2003, 05:36 AM
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http://www.mainlink.demon.co.uk - I believe you can get it in kit form or assembled. I also use the MPX unit and it does the job.
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Default HERE's the best servo excerciser I've yet seen...

Dear MarkD:

The PIPE here yet AGAIN-and even though I DO like the Hitec HFP-10 programmer, mentioned here by Strato911-and I DO intend to get one of these to eventually do the programming that MAY be necessary on my sonn-to-be-growing collection of Hitec digital servos (just have one 5625 right now), you MIGHT want to check out the "Vexa ServoXciter EF" at http://www.vexacontrol.com/servoxciteref.html for your "general" RC servo "workout" needs!

I've got one of the VERY old Ace RC "DataMaster" servo maintenance units, which I had enhanced in the early 1980s with an Ace Servo Cycle PC board to add a servo excercising function-and the Vexa Controls unit is the FIRST device I've seen on the market that meets, and even EXCEEDS , the functionality of the old DataMaster unit!

This Vexa device has the following features, in this list DIRECTLY from their website...

"Digitally accurate signal with 1024 discrete steps.
Excellent sunlight viewable LCD display.
One button servo centering .
Automatic sweep mode with 16 speeds.
Servo signal display with .001 millisecond resolution.
Servo current meter with .01 amp resolution.
Servo deadband check.
Three selectable "servo throw" range settings.
Onboard battery voltage indicator.
Receiver signal display with "radio center" save feature [The ServoXciter EF will center a servo exactly the same as your radio!]
Receiver signal Pulse Recurring Time display.
Receiver battery pack voltage indicator.
Receiver glitch detection and display."


That CURRENT METER feature alone could help one select an appropriate airborne battery pack sized to safely power ALL the servos in their plane, just for starters-just check that link out to see the details for yourself!

These are apparently selling for $75 POSTPAID within the USA so far-it's certainly worth checking out!

Yours Sincerely,

The PIPE!
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Old 06-08-2003, 07:47 PM
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I would prefer to build something, but will consider a commercial unit.
If you have a PIC chip burner, then consider this VERY low cost project: http://www.rc-cam.com/servotst.htm
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