TowerPro MG996R Servo


Modulation: Digital
Torque: 4.8V: 130.54 oz-in (9.40 kg-cm)
6.0V: 152.76 oz-in (11.00 kg-cm)
Speed: 4.8V: 0.19 sec/60°
6.0V: 0.15 sec/60°
Weight: 1.94 oz (55.0 g)
Dimensions: Length:1.60 in (40.7 mm)
Width:0.78 in (19.7 mm)
Height:1.69 in (42.9 mm)
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Gear Type: Metal
Rotation/Support: Dual Bearings
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Pulse Cycle: 1 ms
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Connector Type: JR
TowerPro MG996R
Brand: TowerPro
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Typical Price: 10.50 USD
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Reviews of TowerPro MG996R (22)

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    Application(s): Vaterra 69 suburban

    Comments: ok guys...really...servo description says plain as day..." for crawlers RC trucks...if ya wanna trust a plain to a crawler well on my truck, and for the price...sweet....

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    Application(s): Radio Control Crawlers 18th , 16th and 10th scale.

    Comments: My first batch (of 4, had 3 failures), but since then and its been a year now I might have heard about 3 failures in 100 servo's. One had a centering problem and 2 burned out after being installed (can't verify if they were plugged in backwards, which can cause that). The other 97, all good. I think for their price they have earned at least 4 stars up to 5 stars.

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    Application(s): Accurate two dimensional positioning of a laser dot for the DryFire target simulator

    Comments: I have been using the Hitec HS-322HD for years in the DryFire target simulator and it has proved to be excellent for positioning. Well made, excellent repeatability and a narrow dead band.

    I decided to test others (mainly to save costs because the Hi Tecs have almost doubled in price since we started) and developed an Arduino Pro Mini test rig and software to compare different types. A 5V laser diode attached to one of the two servos (one for horizontal movement, one for vertical movement) magnifies the positioning accuracy so repeatability (returning to the same spot with the same pulse length) and dead band (increments in pulse length required before the servo moves) are very easy to see.

    The "genuine" Tower Pro MG966R are much better made (less slop in the gearing) than a pair of fakes I got from ebay. However, their repeatability is poor and the dead band is much longer than the HS322-HDs. So, for the time being, we will be sticking with HiTec unless anyone can suggest others worth trying in the

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    Application(s): robot arm

    Comments: quite strong, and i can control them quite precisely.
    the people who say its junk probably just dont know how to control a servo. the pulse cycle is 20ms with a 1-2ms duty. the above information is flawed. If you used a 1ms cycle it wont work.

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    Application(s): turret cannon control on model boat used a total of 8 servos for swinging port side and starboard side and from 0 to 60 degree trajectory

    Comments: accuracy was a little off on some, but for this application they are great. high torque and reliable only a degree off when resetting back to zero start up.

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    Application(s): Robot...stuff

    Comments: No tolerance for prolonged use (they get hot) for tinkering the are great as a disposable item. Bottom line: you get what you pay for

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    Application(s): RC Plane

    Comments: Wish I could give a '0.' These are junk. I havent used them in a plane yet, as while bench testing them I could not get ANY of them to return to center. I bought a lot of 15 just to see what they were like. They will all be going to the trash. I wouldnt trust these in any model airplane.

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    Application(s): bought 4 and none of them would go back to center total junk

    Comments: jerky and wont center with no load

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    Application(s): It was to be used in a hexapod

    Comments: I bought 18 and none of them work

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    Application(s): RC Plane (Phoenix Stuka)

    Comments: None of these servos would re-center.

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    Application(s): Foot rotor for prosthetic

    Comments: Very enjoyable, simple and easy

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    Application(s): 5 MG996R servos fitted in a acrowot XL.

    Comments: I lost a Brand new acrowot XL at a cost of £205 plus the new AR 8000 DSMX receiver at £35 I now no longer trust plus the other 4 servos I put in the Bin £30.and a 16x8 Propeller £14. Failed elevator MG996R servo after just 3 flights, still smoking with the elevator stuck in nose over attitude when I picked up the bits. total loss £284. you get what you pay for I guess.

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    Application(s): 6DOF custom robot arm

    Comments: You get what you pay for.

    Not quite enough torque for the shoulder joint to lift the rest of the arm from the horizontal position to vertical position when fully extended, but otherwise not too bad.

    From 7 motors, one was bad and smoked, one gets quite hot initially until it is moved.

    I am using 12A 5v power supply to drive 7 motors, so there is plenty of amps available to smoke motors if they're not quite right.

    A bit noisy, and accuracy is way off.

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    Application(s): Robotics

    Comments: Does it have econders?, I have nerver use this servo

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    Application(s): Robotic application

    Comments: Never ever buy this servo from the so-called original manufacturer !! MG996R Servos non-responsive at all ! So does my e-mails to response at all ! Never buy unless you don't have elsewhere to spend your money !!!

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    Application(s): Rudder servo in Dumas PT-109

    Comments: Plenty of torque and good speed for boat rudder use.

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    Application(s): RC offroad cars steering

    Comments: These servos are practically given, and the quality is not that bad!
    The speed is about the same as entry level classic servos, but the torque is high. They are noisy, but I think a little grease could remedy this...
    IMHO, they are perfect for the steering purpose on my electric cars, and I don't care if they fail after a few... years!

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    Application(s): Towerpro MG996R

    Comments: I bought 20 new.
    All 20 let the magic smoke out while still being tested with a simple servo tester at 5.8V

    Never even installed them in a plane...

    Utter rubbish!!!

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    Application(s): katana 59 inches .61 engine i used for the rudder, smoth operation, nice, cheap, strong and fast response...

    Comments: i get two for 34 us dollars nice price, i used for a rudder in a katana 59 inches...reliable servo metal gears, fast, add some gear lube in the gears to avoid premmature wear. and calm the noise....

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    Application(s): Biped Leg

    Comments: This servo is great, i would definitely suggest it, obviously it wont be the best servo you can buy but its really good for its price, great torque, they work fine for the biped so far, one motor seems like the calibration is really off, but i just give it different numbers and it works

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    Application(s): Giant scale aircraft

    Comments: Seems to work fine. Has huge overshoot.

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    Application(s): ECCPM for Gaui 425

    Comments: Good value for money if you dont mind a bit of tinkering. All 3 servos seemed to have different resolution but after stripping them I found that there was run-out on the motor pinion and its mating gear. Being at the start of the gear train this could easily be fixed by removing the other gears and running the motor with a little grinding compound in the gears. Any play created here will have virtually no effect on the accuracy of the servo but friction between these 2 gears has a big effect on the apparent resolution of the servo. It remains to be seen how well they hold up over time.

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