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Old 03-09-2019, 04:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Has the 180CFX reached the end of it's commercial life?

Re: Has the 180CFX Reached The End Of It's Commercial Life?
No, I do not have any inside information and I do not expect any HeliFreakers to have a crystal ball but I have an itch to try a 180CFX and note that it was launched almost 5 years ago.
Usually what happens to me in this situation is that I take the plunge and Blade promptly withdraws the model and launches a successor with dire effect on the availability of spares.
Do I just scratch the itch and wait to see what Blade has in the pipeline?
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are looking for a heli of this size...go ahead and get one

Like anything else there will be parts support for years to come...and the 180CFX is currently the smallest collective tail heli in production

The original 2-blade 180CFX is now replaced by the trio...but the heads will swap so you can have either one

Just a FYI...
I've recently had an interest in tail servo upgrades to My 130X/130X-L models...and they've been discontinued for quite some time
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Old 03-09-2019, 09:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can still find good deals on B180 i just picked up one few weeks ago and loving it being stretched. not the stretch blades,booms, are pain to find. I am worried if i ever crash mine if i will be able to leave it stretched or have to go back stock..


there is a used 180 Trio in the classified right now, you should pick it up and if you don't want the trio just get the 2 bladed head for it.

I was very tempted to buy it as i wouldn't mind having another 3 bladed head one. but talked myself out of it. i have to stop buying stuff for right now.
Parts fit both helis so i would think you could buy stuff for a long while. every now and then folks will list lots of parts for sale. i had some listed but decided to hang on to them for now.
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Old 03-09-2019, 09:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Just buy an oxy 2 and be done with it.
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Depends - if you’re still in the crashing phase maybe skip it. Lots of others have problems repairing theirs correctly after crashes and getting them to fly right. 5000 RPM adds to the problem as lots of things break when it hits something other than air.

It handles crashes much better with 3500-ish RPM. I’ve never had problems repairing mine but I don’t represent the majority. I do fly mine at lower RPM most of the time however.

The Oxy is supposed to be a tank, but it’s larger, heavier and costs more.
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Old 03-14-2019, 12:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Has the 180CFX reached the end of it's commercial life?

Yeah, I just bought a bunch of spares to get mine flying again, because I need stealth and there’s no Oxy 1 in sight. So expect an announcement of obsolescence, a clearance sale, and a promising new collective tail heli any day now.
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Old 03-16-2019, 02:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Taking a break from rebuilding one of my 180's. Still going strong but an Oxy2 would be cheaper. Hey what's in that box?

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Re: Has the 180CFX Reached The End Of It's Commercial Life?
No, I do not have any inside information and I do not expect any HeliFreakers to have a crystal ball but I have an itch to try a 180CFX and note that it was launched almost 5 years ago.
Usually what happens to me in this situation is that I take the plunge and Blade promptly withdraws the model and launches a successor with dire effect on the availability of spares.
Do I just scratch the itch and wait to see what Blade has in the pipeline?
Well, in the end I took the plunge and have a pre-loved 180CFX on the way.
Should be interesting to see how it meets my expectations.
Further to the comments in post #5 :
https://www.helifreak.com/7727857-post5.html
I did a lot of research on the Oxy2 but the high head speed was one of the factors which decided me against it ( yes, I know the head speed can be slowed down) and I already have the Blade 300X which is a similar size to the Oxy2 so here we go on the 180CFX merry-go-round.
Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread and happy flying.
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Well, in the end I took the plunge and have a pre-loved 180CFX on the way.
Should be interesting to see how it meets my expectations.
Further to the comments in post #5 :
https://www.helifreak.com/7727857-post5.html
I did a lot of research on the Oxy2 but the high head speed was one of the factors which decided me against it ( yes, I know the head speed can be slowed down) and I already have the Blade 300X which is a similar size to the Oxy2 so here we go on the 180CFX merry-go-round.
Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread and happy flying.

Been enjoying my Oxy 2 at 4200HS and 4600, 5000 was just crazy..

The oxy really is more stable. its spoiled me now on flying my 180.
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Larger heavier helis will fly and feel more stable compared to smaller lighter ones.
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Larger heavier helis will fly and feel more stable compared to smaller lighter ones.
And typically cost 2-3 times more to buy/build/rebuild

The walk of shame from the crash site back to the pits is bad enough...

But the repair bill makes it that much worse
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Re: Has the 180CFX Reached The End Of It's Commercial Life?
No, I do not have any inside information and I do not expect any HeliFreakers to have a crystal ball but I have an itch to try a 180CFX and note that it was launched almost 5 years ago.
Usually what happens to me in this situation is that I take the plunge and Blade promptly withdraws the model and launches a successor with dire effect on the availability of spares.
Do I just scratch the itch and wait to see what Blade has in the pipeline?
Yes, …………. , as quoted above: "Usually what happens to me ….." and Blade has now done it:

https://www.modelflight.com.au/blade...bnf-basic.html

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