Here is a question that has been bugging me. You should hear some of the
answers I get.
Why are the brushless model motors and speed controllers so darned
Look at the Razor 300 series, 80-90 bucks for the motor and another 60-90
bucks for the controller. The Razor looks handmade. Not real impressive for
I think we (those of us that buy them) are getting ripped off big time.
Consider all of the manufacturers out there that make motors.
These can and most likely are made in mass quantities. These are NOT a high
tech item. There is not a lot of R&D that goes into them and the materials
are dirt cheap.
Look at the motors, these can be mass produced by modern equipment at a
very low cost. The speed controllers that I have seen are mostly surface
mount technology. With that in mind there is little hands on labor. The pc
boards cost pennies when purchased in bulk. The components even less in
I come from a high volume manufacturing background. I know what the savings
are when manufacturing goes into high volume production.
Did you know that the inkjet cartridge that you purchase for your HP printer
costs about 5.00 or less dollars to manufacture? What are you paying for a
new one? 30-40 dollars? That's one hell of a markup!! That of course depends
on which model printer you have. The point is, high volume = low cost.
Keep in mind that the profit there is spent on R&D for the next projects and
for the cost of starting up that high volume production line. Initally, that
same cartridge when first released was about 170.00 dollars to manufacture.
My point here is there isn't any real breakthrough technology coming out of
the brushless motor world. Therefore, they don't have a lot of R&D to pay
So why are they so darned expensive? I have to keep from choking when a kit
costs 80.00 dollars and the motor, controller and batteries will cost nearly
250.00 dollars. That's more than the average 4 channel radio gear! Which is
much more high tech.
Something just isn't right here.
To me, I feel like there is much more value to buying that 4 stroke 40 or
60 gas engine for 120 bucks. At least I feel like I bought a real piece of
I'm not advocating gas over electric here. I prefer electric flying 5-1. But
the cost for electrics is very prohibitive.
As long as we keep buying these high priced electrics they'll keep gouging
Thanks for taking the time to read my whining post.
I'm looking forward to the responses. Please respond to the group and not my
- posted 18 years ago