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ESC options that can do brushed and brushless

TrackJunkie

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So it turns out I'm going to have to donate all the electronics from my AMP kit to another project, so I will need an ESC and motor. At this point I specifically do not want wheelie over backwards, melt the plastic gears type power. I think the 15t brushed motor from the circuit is about right for now. However eventually I do want to do some significant upgrades. So to avoid buying two ESCs as I go, are there some that can do either? I know a couple from Castle do, but does anyone know of some others? The castles are kind of expensive and won't quite fit where I want to put it in the truck.
 

Heyitsme

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Even the Castle escs in the specs say only down to 19t brushed motor. I don't think you will find another brand that will do both brushed and brushless, go down to a 15t 540 and not be expensive.

If you just want more speed but not more wheelie popping power just get one those F540 finned can brushless motors with a 60a brushless esc.
 

TrackJunkie

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I didn’t even know those existed, but it may just what I need. I want the power of a moderately hot brushed, with the efficiency and reliability of brushless.
 

Heyitsme

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That's what the F540 brushless motors are, not much on torque but can give you speed with the reliability of brushless.

My first brushless combo was a 45a esc F540 4370kv combo in my Circuit. I think the kv is a little high though, I was able to shred the stock plastic gears but a lower kv motor will have less rpms and will be easier on the stock plastic gears.

Redcat has a clearance sale going on and this older model RTR 60a version of a Hobbywing is on sale https://www.redcatracing.com/products/69563r?variant=30993518788698 that and a motor like this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZH8S78Z/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A3LPPGDFFATELF&psc=1 should be a decent combo. The price of these cheaper brushless motors is about the same price as a decent brushed motor.

You can go with a combo like this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086JP6R48/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A26VIUQVW0AS98&psc=1 but the reliability of the escs is hit and miss.

I wouldn't worry about trying to mess with brushed motors anymore. Brushless doesn't have to be overpowering, I think that's a false belief that brushless will be wheelie popping, diff shredding power but most want it to be when they move to brushless.
 
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