Thanks for welcoming me! Like you guys, I'm a scale modeler and while I fly anything (helis, gliders, sport, jets, etc.) my heart is with scale aircraft. Anyway, while we offer a few motors and speed controls, plus a model helicopter, field box, and a nifty airplane stand for the workbench, I'm principally in the servo business.
For example, my equivalent to the popular Hitec HS-5645MG is the DS180DLHV. It goes head to
head with theirs for the same price while basically outputting the same
torque and offering the same speed. Why should you consider my servo, instead? Simple . . . better parts.
Check us out by clicking on a banner advert if you're curious because I
promise, you don't have to be an engineer to see the differences. And note, I'm 'not' saying theirs
is bad. I'm saying mine is better.
with our servos I use MIL-SPEC components. And our center case is finned
aluminum instead of plastic (and note, we make them ourselves stateside
from a solid billet of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum). Our guts are better,
too. Like our potentiometer, which is a genuine Japanese Nobel-brand
million cycle unit. Plus our gears are all metal (theirs includes a
plastic 1st gear - they sell replacements in 3-packs). Also, instead of
the steel gear shafts fitting directly into plastic pockets, we
reinforce our case with a bronze bushing. The idea of this is helping
maintain proper gear mesh - not for a few seasons but for decades! Then ,
while they use 4 Phillips head screws to assemble the servo, we use 10
Allen head machine-thread bolts (and ours thread into aluminum while theirs
thread into plastic). Plus we use 13 o-rings in the assembly while they
don't use any. Add to it, our bearings are ABEC-9 while they don't
specify (bearings are sold in ABEC-3, 5, 7, and 9 with 9 being the top
We also work to make our servos better
able to withstand vibration and shock by using a conformal coating on
the PCB (printed circuit board). This is common in aerospace but not in
consumer grade electronics. Why? It's because our primary customers
aren't hobbyists but the government, universities, and industrial UAS
companies. As such, our servos must meet certain MIL-STDS.
- Shock - Test Method 516.6
- Vibration - Test Method 514.6
- Water intrusion - Test Method 514.5
with respect to the price of our 180oz-in servo . . . it's the same as theirs! Part of the reason I price
them the same is because as the Japanese are fond of saying, business is
war (and basically, I want to take the battle to them and bloody
their nose). But partly it's because I
don't have all middlemen wetting their beaks (e.g. importer,
distributor, dealer). So instead of cutting in a lot of other companies, I take
that margin and spend it on making a better product. It's a simple
Anyway, I mentioned I'm a modeler like you guys (I have a couple of Balsa USA models, a Protor Jenny, a Platt Spitfire, and many others so I'm not kidding). The point being, because I
grok what you feel in the pit of your stomach when entrusting a model to
a radio system, I make decisions about every single component in my servos with that in mind because I feel it too. For example, my favorite model is a 30 year old Platt
Spitfire (it's a Mk V and has more than 3000 rivets). It's powered by a Moki 2.10 and because I've
flown many models with Hitec 645 servos in them (for many years), when I got into
the servo business 6-7 years ago, I felt in my heart I would have to go
one of two ways. Either I could compete by making cheap servos (e.g. compete simply on the basis of price), or I
could go for making the best possible servos (thus competing on the basis of quality). And since Hitec were the top dog,
there was no question in my mind whom I had to set out to beat. But what's interesting is that by streamlining the business model I figured out a way to do both and offer the best servos at really competitive prices. Win-win!
the way, I only got into making servos because Great Planes wouldn't
sell me the 200 Futaba servos I wanted to purchase to bundle with a
model helicopter I designed (the idea being to compete with a vertically
integrated Chinese manufacturer that bundled their own brand servos
with their model helicopter). Anyway, because I'm stubborn I ultimately set out to
make my own servos. Today, almost seven years later, we've grown our product lineup and now offer 18 servos!
Note; because I find it aggravating having to look up servo specs ten years after I last used it, deciphering our product numbers is easy because everything means something; e.g. the DS180DLHV that competes with Hitec's offering (HS-645, and HS-5645, and now D-645MW) translates like this;
- DS=digital servo
- 180=oz-in of torque
- DL=motor type (DL is 3-pole, CL is coreless, and BL is brushless)
- HV=high voltage
Our range includes a micro outputting 100oz-in to our top-of-the-range outputting 630oz-in (about 40lbs of force).
thing; many have never heard of us. It's because we don't advertise much
(other than a small banner advert on this site because I'm into scale
models). As I've mentioned, our pricing is sensible principally is largely because of our business model of eliminating middlemen. But it's also in part because I watch expenses like a hawk. This is why we don't carry a lot of the usual promotional expenses -
like full page advertisements within national magazines, team pilots,
sponsored pilots, or field reps.
The point of this last being everybody
pays for their own servos, so if you hear someone saying something nice
about my product . . . it's not because they're getting something out of it! I believe in my heart in word of mouth, which can be trusted simply because your friends can't be bought at any price!
Thanks for letting me address you.
John Beech - GM (and janitor)