I think I’m in the market. My CH Pro Pedals have served me well for…well, a decade now (had to look up when I got them!)… So 10 years is a pretty good run. I’ve noticed in the past few months they are spiking and “drifting” for lack of a better word. If I look at the calibration the left pedal starts a very slow input without any mechanical action by me…which results in uncoordinated flight and other Bad Stuff ® happening. I slid a compressed air nozzle in there and tried blowing out the insides thinking something might be causing the drift, but it didn’t seem to help. Next step (I guess) is to take the screws off the base and see what the insides look like.
If that doesn’t work - what’s the gouge on the latest and greatest? Given my CH Pro Pedals have served me well for ten years, I might be tempted to replace them with those… Any opinions?
Here’s a quick table. I’ve turned this post into a wiki page so anyone else can edit it - please add what you think is good in a separate post, but perhaps we keep this table up to date (more an experiment really)
I have Milan’s MFG Pedals and I absolutely love them. If you have the money go for it. I also used CH Pedals for over a decade. When I compare them, CH Pedals feels antique. There has been some real progress (build quality, resolution of the sensors, ergonomics). Also I feel definitely more in control than with Logitech or Saitek pedals.
I’m in the market as well, I really want the MFG’s but that requires withholding money for a long period of time without the wife finding out… and she probably already got notified that I just typed this
I have the MFG Crosswind pedals for just over a year now and i still find them brilliant. Had the saiteks before, but i was never satisfied with the precision i could achieve with them. The crosswind pedals are superior on every regard save their price.
It still boggles my mind that rudder pedals are so dang expensive. Compare the $120 CH Pro Rudders to a $50 Thrustmaster joystick - why is the three-axis ZERO-button device so much more expensive?
Slaw’s pedals look amazing - definitely a labor of love. I have no doubt they’re worth the $500, but I just have a hard time coming to grips with that much money for three input axes. The MFG pedals would be my personal choice, but I’m glad I don’t have to choose: my 10+ year old CH Pro pedals are still flying fine, although the brake axis pots are getting a little noisy, which drives FSX crazy.
Your feet are a lot stronger than your hands, so a rudder unit has to cope with much higher forces than a stick.
If you want a unit that does not noticeably twist/bend under the force of your feet, the materials need to be a lot stronger. Higher forces also means that the joints will need to have ball bearings if the device is to move completely smooth. Rudder pedal movement is also relatively complex compared to a stick, as you have two plates spaced far apart that need to move antiparallel. Then there’s the small production numbers that these private guys run, they need to charge you more to recoup the development costs. I’m sure there’s more reasons, but those are the most obvious to me.
So today I took apart my old CH Pro Pedals (apparently someone at the CH factory has stock in the screw factory…holy cow!) and pried apart the two halves. Springs went spronging, parts went flying, but I had a pretty good feel for how it all went back together. I took some compressed air and blew out all the components…there was some dust and dirt in there. I reassembled everything, put the dozen or so screws back in and just plugged her back in. At this point - the noise in the center is gone…but I only tried it in X-Plane (which was clearly showing the center rudder drift prior to the cleaning). So I’ll give it a test the next few days and see where we stand. I’ve had the Slaw pedals in the shopping cart for a week now, but just can’t bring myself to hit the button yet…LOL…but if I see any drift on these CH pedals…I’m gonna do it.