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Old 12-08-2004, 10:03 AM
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I am looking at getting a Saito .65 for a 40 size pattern plane (Kyosho Majestic, .52 4-stroke recommended). I don't see a lot of discussion about this size Saito. Is the .65 not popular, and if so why? This will be my first 4-stroke so I need some help making sure I get a good one.
Old 12-08-2004, 10:16 AM
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John:

The FA-65 is an old design, and fairly heavy. If it weren't for the commonality of parts with the FA-170 R3 engine it would probably be out of production.

For just $25 more ($325 vs $300), you can get either the FA-72 or the FA-80.

The FA-72 is about the same power, but it's a lighter engine. The FA-80 is the same weight as the FA-65, with more power.

Or consider the FA-82. Lighter than the FA-72, with power on a par with the FA-80. The price, at $355 though, is higher as well.

None of this is to say the FA-65 is not a good engine, if you've been offered a good deal jump on it.

Bill.
Old 12-08-2004, 11:57 AM
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Hello; I have 3 of these fine engines, they are among teh oldest 4 strokes I have. It is true that Saito have made lighter engines with larger capacity, but they are fine engines, among the most durable and long lasting engines available. They are trouble free and maybe the most used and researched four stroke currently available. I wouldn't discourage you from using one. Thinking back, I don't think I have ever done anythi9ng to any of them. I must have changed bearings in at least one of them, but nothing else.

A fellow flyer (John) recently bought one for his GB Cub on floats, it has a newer design muffler, but otherwise it looks identical to mine. He hand starts it and has never had a dead stick.
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Default RE: Saito .65

ORIGINAL: JDBuddy

I am looking at getting a Saito .65 for a 40 size pattern plane (Kyosho Majestic, .52 4-stroke recommended). I don't see a lot of discussion about this size Saito. Is the .65 not popular, and if so why? This will be my first 4-stroke so I need some help making sure I get a good one.
And have I got a deal for you! $125 shipped to your door. Slightly used and on the shelf for 2 years. Guaranteed to run perfectly.

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Old 12-08-2004, 09:36 PM
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Default RE: Saito .65

Saito 65, Saito 80, and saito 91 are all the same case and weight ~550 g (20 oz).
Stay away from them for Majestic - it is a small plane.

Best engine for her is Saito 72 or Saito 82 or YS 63.
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:33 PM
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Yes the Saito 65 is good and reliable.... It's also a dog,,,, a tired one. I had a new one on a 50 inch PT19, performance was horrendous, to the point that I installed an old OS48 four stroke and I started liking the plane.

The Saito 65 is good for a trainer. For approx $30.00 more you can get a way better Saito engine.
Old 12-10-2004, 03:57 PM
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Yes the Saito 65 is good and reliable.... It's also a dog,,,, a tired one. I had a new one on a 50 inch PT19, performance was horrendous, to the point that I installed an old OS48 four stroke and I started liking the plane.

The Saito 65 is good for a trainer. For approx $30.00 more you can get a way better Saito engine.
If it's a dog, I wouldn't mind some puppies from it. Mine is a great engine, turns a 14 inch prop with no trouble to 9800 rpm. I would agree, however with the post that recommended the .72 for the reasons of size and only slightly greater cost. Saito lists the .65 as a medium case engine, the .72 as a small case engine and the .72 is actually shorter and the case narrower than the .65, has a better power-to weight ratio than the .65. The .65 is at least a 10 year old design, whereas the .72 is newer engineering. Not to say the .65 isn't any good, I'd buy another one today. Mine is an "A" series (the series # is stamped on the mounting flange) which is the oldest one. I bought it NIB for $150, best money I've spent in R/C so far.
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Wow, you only paid $150.00 for yours? That's good! I bought my 65 back in 1998, I paid $229.00 or $239.00.... As much as a dog it was,,, I never got puppies from it.

Anyway. Altough reliable, and of great quality, the 65's power to weight ratio was not good at all.
Old 12-11-2004, 08:31 AM
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I had one for a while, it ran OK but too under powered for its size. I found the 56 to be a better engine for the type of flying I was doing with it.(aerobatic ) The 56 used to spin the same props as the 65 at practically the same rpms.
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I bought a used Saito .65 after reading many great things about it. The most common positive thing about it was reliable operation, the common negative was it's weight. I am going to put it in a bashed LT-40. I don't think it would be the best choice for an aerobatic airplane. I thought about putting it in my 4*40, but it is so heavy and big for the airframe. I thought it would create too many problems. Just for kicks, I'm going to put a Saito .45 in my 4*40. I had the .45 in a Sig Senior, what a dog. Tried a 12x5 prop and it leaped off the runway. That combo might be fun in the 4*. Will be starting to put my Venus together very shortly, it should be tons o fun.
Have fun with wharever you get. Mike

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