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Modify the hitec hs-325 servo for continuous rotation

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Servo motors are designed to rotate a maximum of +/- 130 degrees. But they can be easily modified to make 360 degree turns. The hack is very well documented for various servo motor models. Here I use a Hitec HS-325HB servo purchased at ServoCity. This motor has a very good torque/size ratio and costs only around 10 dollars.
 
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Step 1: Take the motor apart

Remove the screw holding the white wheel on the front of the motor.
Remove the four long screws on the back of the servo.
Remove the front cover of the servo (might require some pressure).
The gears are now exposed. Remove them, place them in a clean place making sure they don't get dusty.
Remove the back cover of the motor and save all the covers and screws in a safe place.
jaapstam5 years ago
I have modified my servo and now it moves continuously, but in one direction. In the position i have that servo i just need it to rotate in the opposite sense . How can i do that ? Is ok to switch the red and black (5 V with ground) wire to change the sense of rotation ? Thanks.

I think this can help you: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-control-a-DC-motor-to-run-in-both-direction/

Hmm - this is a bit old - but no, you wouldn't want to switch them, just change the PWM value you give the servo. If no pwm value gives you reverse rotation, then the resistance you used to replace the pot was wrong. I'd strongly advise reading about normal servo operation - error values and the like.
dannystaple3 years ago
Why replace this and not just use the build in one as a trim pot?
A good name6 years ago
I'm confused. If I understand right, they limit the pivoting of the servos. Therefore, the servos are technically useless until modified. So why don't the companies just build them without the pin?
because they have feedback control, these can be used in robotic arms... so it still knows where it is. this is because of the pot... when you cut the tab the pot stays in the center so it doesn't know where it is..
the are here becaus the stearing of a car may not turn 360degres. and the trottle is onmly 45 degres. so it has more range than you actualy use.
servos are intended to be actuators; they are suppose to swing , turn some levers as in model airplane surfaces or a gripper in some hobby robots. there are motors than fit your concern. one is a stepper motor. 360 degrees continuous turn or precision positioning in any direction.
bigpinecone6 years ago
now one to modify a standard servo to rotate 180 degrees for r retract servo. i wanna put retracts on one of my planes, but the price of a good retract servo!!! jeez!
many years ago, i had the same need (and the scarcity of hobby money) , i hack an old airtronics servo and played around with the fixed resistor values to increase the sweep angle to 180 degrees.
ghicken7 years ago
What's the point in this why not just buy a regular motor?
Gilo ghicken5 years ago
ghicken, in robotics it does. there are a lot more applications out there where this trick can find use.
cas6767 ghicken6 years ago
servos are more precise and can accurately turn to any given angle precisely on command. Motors have more torque and higher speed but they don't stop on a dime and they aren't nearly as precise.
*sigh* you will learn someday
sotsirh1946 years ago
I tried this with some fubuta servos. what i did was mount a separate pentomiter on the outside so i could adjust it. I didn't like the idea of just soldering two resistors in it's place. Your pictures are a little unclear though
AceFace6 years ago
This was exactly what I needed. The servo wouldn't work properly, and I don't want to buy a new one. This helps me with a couple projects. I thought the servo was stuck as a 90 degree turn radius.
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Be very careful when dealing with the circut board....one was broken when I attempted this for the first time.
chuck...8 years ago
or use a pot without a limiter. they are very useful for drive synchos also. Did that about 20 years ago... cheers, chuck...
conundrum8 years ago
yup, they work well. only minor problem is that they rotate fairly slowly but for most purposes this is a non issue. if you need to ensure they match, add a 100k or so resistor in parallel with one of the two resistors you replaced the pot with, until they both stop at the same time. -A