Novak’s progressive and cutting-edge engineering has found its way into the crawling segment with the first electronic dig unit: The Dig (#5450). This one-of-a-kind and easy-to-use unit allows crawlers to independently control the front, rear or both speed controls in dual-system rigs. Powering only the front or rear on a rock-crawler vehicle – commonly referred to as a “dig” – allows for tighter turns, precise maneuverability through tricky terrain, and more control on steep inclines and downhill descents, reducing the amount of reverses needed to clear obstacles.
Unlike mechanical dig systems, The Dig does not require any vehicle modifications to install or operate. Simply plug it into any three-channel surface receiver, and you’re ready to dig! And without any moving parts, the electronic Dig is exceptionally durable and can withstand all rocky landscapes.
The Dig Unit interfaces between any two sensored or non-sensored brushless or brushed systems; the Dig can even operate on one brushless and one brushed system. The Dig mixes the throttle channel with a three position, or proportional, third channel. The transmitter does not need a mixing function to operate The Dig. All of the mixing is done within The Dig Unit itself.
Once The Dig Unit is programmed, which can be easily managed through Novak's One-Touch Set-Up, the unit will remember your specific settings until you change them. The Dig can switch the dig function to either the front or the rear.
One of the advantages of using a Novak brushless crawler system is the adjustable brakes, which can be adjusted from a minimum value to full lock brake. Thus, The Dig provides users with an adjustable brake bias between the front and rear. This feature can not be replicated with a single brushed speed control controlling two motors. The Dig also features two external indicator LEDs that can be mounted on the outside of a vehicle's body to identify which dig is engaged before making a move.
Plugged into a crawler vehicle’s receiver, The Dig is compatible with any Super Crawler dual-system rig, such as EnRoute’s® Berg™, Integy’s® Super and Unlimited Class of crawlers, and Clod Buster®-based vehicles. Two different-colored LED indicator lights – located at the ends of six-inch harnesses for easy and countless installation possibilities – visibly display when a speed control is locked and ready to dig. The Dig is easily programmed into most three-channel transmitters, such as the Spektrum® DX3R DSM2 3CH Surface Radio™, Airtronics’® M8 and M11 R/C Radios™, and a Traxxas® (TQ-3) Transmitter™.*
Alternatively, The Dig is compatible with crawler rigs with independently controlled steering for effortless navigation.
The versatile Dig is ideal to use with any dual combination of Novak crawling systems: Rooster Crawler Edition ESC/Forty-Five Brushed Motor Combo (#1843), Rooster Crawler Edition ESC/Fifty-Five Brushed Motor Combo (#1842), Goat 2S Crawler Brushless System (#3019) and Goat 3S Crawler Brushless/Brush ESC (#3214) combined with a crawler motor.
- Independently power the front or rear speed control in a dual-system crawler vehicle
- The Dig is small and lightweight, helping to retain a balanced vehicle
- One-Touch Set-Up™ for quick, easy transmitter setup
- Universal JST Input Plug for Ch.2 and Ch. 3, which fits all popular brand receivers
- Designed and assembled by Novak in Irvine, Calif., using globally-sourced components
Input Voltage: 4-12V
Power Consumption: 10 mA
Output Current (handling): 5 amps
Weight: 0.12oz. / 3.50 grams
Size: 1.53x0.63x0.49" / 39.0x16.5x12.5mm
LEDs: 2 on-board, 2 external
*The Traxxas® (TQ-3) Transmitter™ must be modified with a three-position auxiliary switch to operate with The Dig.