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Yes, I lubricate my servos for various reasons. 4 18.18%
No, I believe they come from the manufacturer with sufficient lubricant that will last a reasonable time. 18 81.82%
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Old 09-24-2019, 03:29 PM
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Servo lubrication... Do you or don't you?

... and if you do...

... what type of servo(gear type/etc..)?

... how often?

... what lubricant do you prefer?

If you don't lubricate your servos, do you trust that the manufacturer's lubricant is sufficient for long term use of that servo? Only if you want to comment on it.

I thought I'd put this up in a simple poll, so I hope it's easy and understandable. This forum seemed like it has a bit more activity then others, and seemed appropriate. Thanks
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:40 PM
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There always seems to be a lot of grease around, but in places that the gears rarely mesh.
White Lithium seems to be what the MFGR's use these days?
It couldn't hurt to dab a little grease on where the gears mesh every now and then to prevent premature wear due to the lack of grease. But lets be honest... the only time most of us do it is when we decide to rotate the gears 180 degrees once we get slop, and when a new gear set gets put in.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:56 PM
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Servos these days use a lithium based grease for long lifespan. You do not need to slop the gears in it, they only need a light coating on the surface of the teeth to promote appropriate meshing and lubrication. It is rare I have ever seen a servo come without grease in them these days.
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the comments and participating in the poll so far.

I'll let it ride for a while and see if anyone else wants to weigh in or vote in the poll or comment.

It's looking like the census is leaving lubricant to the manufacturer and service dept... and it doesn't take much of the correct grease to coat the gear train.

All good info and much appreciated.

I might even conclude those that didn't vote are of the opinion to leave well enough alone... maybe... 328 views so far, and 15 votes in the poll. Either that or it's a tough question... and/or isn't of concern to most people.

Just trying to learn and get a general idea here of something I've questioned for a while now. Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:16 AM
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Servos these days use a lithium based grease for long lifespan. You do not need to slop the gears in it, they only need a light coating on the surface of the teeth to promote appropriate meshing and lubrication. It is rare I have ever seen a servo come without grease in them these days.
How about these:
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:24 AM
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Savox gears do look robust,I have to admit.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:29 AM
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Bone dry...
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:09 AM
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The lube guy must have been lazy that day. All my Savox servos have had lube.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:16 AM
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Add "remove top of case and inspect gears for lube" to the checklist on a new build.
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:00 PM
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This is interesting. I recently removed a case top also... (before I started this thread), and it was nearly dry as well. Nothing like I expected a small sturdy gear train should be... which is part of what got me thinking and curious about it.

On this one particular servo as a test, before I lubed it, I listened as closely as I could to it (using my servo tester and the servo next to my ear)... then I put Liquid Wrench lithium grease in the gear train, and had another listen. It did seem to quiet down the gear movement a bit, at least what I could tell from a close proximity... and it was a bit smoother as well, So that got me thinking, "am I imagining here?"...

So yeah, I thought I'd do the poll and get a little census on what others may have found, or might find if they get curious as I did.

Thanks for the comments so far.
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:12 PM
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I have 2 brand new Savox 2270's at home that got delivered today, I'll pull the top off of them tonight and post those pics.
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:17 PM
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Add "remove top of case and inspect gears for lube" to the checklist on a new build.
I’ve done that for years. While most gears are well lubed, I sometimes find the lube in places where it does little or no good. Doesn’t seem to matter what brand but Hitec seems better than most.
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Old 10-02-2019, 03:26 PM
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I needed a 3rd option for the poll:
"NO, I'm lazy so screw it. Run what you brung!"
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:15 PM
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My option choice would be: “No, but I will now.”
Here is a brand new 2270.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:24 PM
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Maybe the gears are design to be run dry?
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