"The Little China Servo That Could"
A first-hand look at the GoTeck GS-5515DMG Servo by James Justus.
This story begins with a new shipment of products to be sold in the hobby shop. Among them a high torque, metal gear, duel bearing, digital servo from GoTeck. It was discussed that said servo should be tested, and tested it was.
With a new R/C crawler on my bench (SCX10.2) and it being in need of a servo, I decided it'd be the perfect way to torture test the new servo. Did I mention that it was to be tested at the Masters of the Mitten G6 comp…?
With the SCX10.2 charged up and raring to go the day of the comp, I turned the radio over to my girlfriend, a first-time driver to run the truck for the three 1.5hr mud, dirt, rock covered and water crossing riddled courses that made up the G6. Now, I should mention that this GoTeck servo is not waterproof!!! (but alas, it was tested in water) haha.
I turned the radio over to my girlfriend, a first-time driver to run the truck for the three 1.5hr mud, dirt, rock covered and water crossing riddled courses that made up the G6.
The first trail had multiple water crossings and we decided to run it first. During this trail, the servo was submerged 4-5 times and did not falter. With the first trail down we were off to the second. The second trail was the trail with the most rocks which was sure to test the servo's strength. This was now the second straight hour of driving and the servo was proving itself more and more. When the tires got pinched between rocks while steering, the servo held its own.
The servo passed every obstacle with flying colors and after 3 hours of running on 3s it was still working perfectly.
Two hours in and the first two trails were completed. The last had a little of everything. Water, rocks, and a lot of steep hills and off camber stuff. The servo passed every obstacle with flying colors and after 3 hours of running on 3s it was still working perfectly.
Now 3 weeks later and countless hours of running in that same SCX10.2, the “little servo that could” is still working great regardless of what it's been through. And at only $15 you can't beat the price! For a 200+ in oz, .18 speed, metal gear, duel bearing servo that can take that kind of abuse…you can't go wrong!!
I hope you found this first-hand review informative and if you’re in need of a cheap upgrade, don't be afraid to try one out! You won't be disappointed.