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View Poll Results: Preference between Torque Tube vs Belt Driven tail
Torque Tube 20 47.62%
Belt Drive 15 35.71%
TT and Belt Drive equally 7 16.67%
Other 0 0%
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:45 AM   #21
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When using a belt system, how does one decide if the tail needs to be grounded to avoid static buildup and discharge?
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:02 PM   #22
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"When using a belt system, how does one decide if the tail needs to be grounded to avoid static buildup and discharge?"

It is probably good practice to just do it on all sizes of machines, with the caveat that I have not experienced it on a 250, 300, or 450 myself.

I have had a friend who had static issues on a 360 sized machine, which grounding cured. Saturating the belt in silicon spray did not help in this case. I have the same helicopter (Warp 360), and fly at the same place as my friend-the belts on mine are sprayed with silicon and it does not have static issues.

People have different experiences with the same equipment.

I first experienced static on a first generation Trex 600E when I switched from the stock plastic pulleys to the metal (upgrade) ones. Grounding the boom to the motor mount cured this.

Grounding is very easy and inexpensive to do. It takes longer to describe how to do it than to actually do it.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:14 AM   #23
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My TDR is Torque tube and my Diabolo is belt drive, can't tell any difference in how they fly and virtually no difference to how they sound, BOTH are well designed and built machines and i can't fault either systems when as well built as these two are.
I have ZERO preference to either belt or TT.

As for LARGE 1/4 scale HELI'S, torque tube every time, smaller 700 size and below scale stuff belt will do the job, but due to accessibility not ideal.
My opinions only, but i DO fly the big scale stuff also, and TT never given me issues if BUILT CORRECTLY, crucial when a TT can be 4 foot long.
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