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Old 09-04-2009, 03:42 PM
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Default Hobbico TorqMaster 180

I just purchased a TorqMaster 180 starter and I must say it leaves alot to be desired. It will barely turn over my .90 Surpass and it will NOT turn over my 1.8 cu in Poulan converted gas engine using a fully charged 12v batt., when my standard Sullivan starter will turn over my 1.8 just fine.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE TORQMASTER 180 FOR LARGER ENGINES!
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:59 AM
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

Get a Sullivan. They are great. I junked my TorqueMaster for the same reason. Never had a problem with the Sullivan, cost a little bit more but is a great starter.

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Old 11-05-2009, 12:08 AM
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

I have since found that increasing the voltage to 18v makes a big difference. The 180 turns my Poulan 1.8 cu. with no problem. It does however make the starter box heavier and charging a challenge. In the long run the Sullivan would be a comparable price
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:16 PM
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

One thing that I have done to get away from the extra weight is to use the battery packs from my 18 volt cordless drill. This eliminates a lot of weight, and charging them is very easy. I leave the battery cover off my field box, and attach the leads to the battery with alligator clips.
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:58 PM
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

I effortlessly start a Saito 220 with a Torqmaster 180. I use a 7 amp sealed lead acid battery with short heavy wiring. I have used the Sullivan's too, and they are better.

What kind of battery are you using, and how heavy and how long are the wires?
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:44 PM
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

Ditto on the TorqueMaster 180... the one I have would be hard pressed to twist cooked spaghetti up tight... it's a gutless wonder. My old 1983 vintage Royal Heavy Duty starter will stay on the flight box for now... it will start my Saito 1.80, but just barely. The TorqueMaster 180?? HA! Not a chance. Get a Sullivan Dynatron.
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:42 AM
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

The trick is to keep the leads short, soldered directly to the battery. No alligator clips, no banana plugs. I have the battery mounted to my starter.
When I was flying gassers I used a Dynatron with a Miller conversion and two 12 volt gel cells in series for 24 volts. It was great.

Small starters lose all their power in long wires and small connectors.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:03 AM
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

I know its an old thread but wanted to add that I use one of these and am quite pleased.
http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...0-engines.html
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Default RE: Hobbico TorqMaster 180

I use a 180, but with two 7-cell car packs using Sermos connectors and a KSJ adapter that makes it self-contained. Works great, lasts a couple days of flying easily. Turns a balky YS 140 easily.
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