ckyliu

Rudder pedal recommendations

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I already own a T.Flight HOTAS-X and CH USB Yoke I use for both GA and regional airliners in P3D. I'm looking to pick up some rudder pedals second hand (I'm on a budget)! I may also want to use them for some occasional driving sims. Oh also I sit on a swivel chair on a wood laminate floor, is that going to present an issue?

I wondered if anyone could recommend me some and comment on both usability and reliability, I'm aware of the following and would appreciate the thoughts of anyone who has experience of them:

  • CH Pro pedals - some people apparently find these too close together? They come with a rudder lockout so I could use them in driving games, which would be handy. Apparently quite tough providing they're annually cleaned out and crimp connections kept tight, although pots do wear out eventually.
  • Saitek Pro - these have adjustable tension and pedal length, but do I need that? I get the impression they're a bit fragile.
  • Saitek Cessna
  • Saitek Combat
  • Thrustmaster T.Flight pedals - I think these must be new out as they're still quite expensive on Fleabay?

 

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I agree with markmasterson ref Thrustmaster. Plus uncomfortably close together. Nut crackers.

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Been using Saitek Pro for a few years now.  Very smooth operation.  I did have one problem though and that was one of the connecting wires inside did break off, it was easily re soldered and no problem since.

Could recommend them used in conjunction with FSUIPC for calibration

 

Bob Palmer

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Saitek "Pro" pedals are cheap and cheerful but work well enough. They're not at all fragile, mine lasted for eight years or so before I retired them. There is a centre detent, for which you can google a modification if it bothers you. The tension adjustment has barely any detectable effect. The foot length adjustment is probably only useful if you have really big feet.

MFG Crosswind pedals are of a similar design but much better, with many more adjustment options, higher resolution and longer life due to the magnetic sensors. But they cost a lot more :)  Word is the Virtual Fly RUDDO pedals are the best of all, but the price will make your eyes water.

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I've used CH pedals for at least 20 years and for the value, I recommend them. I just replaced my old set with new and am very happy with the new CH pedals as well.

The bonus as you stated is that you can lock them and use them for some driving games too.

 

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You will be good with Crosswinds with a laminated floor and roller on your chair. The movement is easy. You will have to find a way to attache them. I use a piece of plywood. They cost about $350 but will last a lifetime. I like to get VFRuddos but there like $1200 so the crosswinds are a good compromise.

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Thanks for your input everyone, I'm going to start eBay bidding on some CH pedals

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I like the Saitek combat pedals, but I haven’t used any other brand, so I don’t really know how they compare.  I used pedals on carpet with a rolling chair and really did not like the interaction of both as I applied pressure to the pedals.  Either the pedals would move around, or the chair, or both.  I’ve since permanently mounted both to the floor of my sim cockpit.  Much better.

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On 12/7/2018 at 2:10 PM, markmasterson said:

The thrustmaster pedals are not that good.  Not smooth.  In my opinion. 

I'm guessing you're referring to the pedals that have been out for a while and not the new Thrustmaster TPR ones. Not cheap but a friend who is a 747 pilot was so impressed he felt they were the closest thing to real world ones.

http://www.thrustmaster.com/en_US/products/tpr-thrustmaster-pendular-rudder

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Pretty interesting Pedals ( Thrustmaster Pendular) but $500.00 seems like it would put them in a "build your own cockpit" category.

However, if someone is interested in what looks like the most robust pedals in the industry, then these would fit the bill.

 

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Rick, having tried them I can vouch for their excellence. I thought my CH Pro Pedals do a decent job and for the price they do but once you’ve tried the TPRs you realise just how much better they are.

Yes they are pricey but less than half the price of a 2080 Ti and will probably last you far longer!

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