Tamiya 72008 4-Speed Worm Gearbox Kit

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The Tamiya 72008 4-Speed Worm Gearbox kit includes one brushed DC motor and all the gears and parts to build any of the four possible gear ratio configurations: 84:1, 216:1, 555.4:1, 1428.2:1 . The four gear ratio options give you the flexibility to choose the best speed and torque for your project.

Tamiya 72008 4-Speed Worm Gearbox Kit

The kit includes step-by-step illustrated instructions in both Japanese and English. A scanned copy of the instructions is available on the Pictures tab. The kit can be built with just a screwdriver, but the instructions recommend having side cutters, pliers, and a modeling knife on hand.

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This gearbox has a 4 mm diameter, round output shaft, which works with the wheels that are compatible with Tamiya 4 mm, round shafts and our 4 mm universal mounting hub. Our 3 mm universal mounting hub also fits on the smaller threaded end of the shaft, although it is not specifically intended to work with this type of shaft (the hub’s set screw could damage the thread on the shaft).

The low-voltage motor in this gearbox runs on 1.5-4.5 volts and draws up to a few amps when stalled, making it compatible with our DRV8833 motor driver carrier if appropriate precautions are taken to avoid stalling the motor.

The mounting holes on the gearbox are compatible with the Tamiya 70098 universal plate set and other Tamiya construction series products.


  • One type 260 motor. For motor specs, see the Mabuchi motor RE-260 (#2295) data sheet (59k pdf).
  • Four different gear ratios:
    • 84:1
    • 216:1
    • 555.4:1
    • 1428.2:1
  • Worm gear (locks the output shaft when the motor is not turning)
  • 4 mm round output shaft (length: 100 mm) compatible with Tamiya wheels for 4 mm, round shafts and our 4 mm universal mounting hub.
  • Assorted cranks

Note: The Tamiya 72008 4-Speed Worm Gearbox is a kit; assembly is required.


Typical operating voltage3 V
Gear ratio options84.0, 216.0, 555.4, 1428.2 :1
No-load motor shaft speed @ 3V9400 rpm [1]
No-load current @ 3V150 mA [2]
Stall current @ 3V2700 mA
Motor shaft stall torque @ 3V0.97 oz·in [3]
  1. A theoretical speed of the gearbox output shaft can be computed by dividing this speed by the gear ratio.
  2. This is the no-load current of the motor when disconnected from the gears in the gearbox; the no-load current of the entire gearbox with the motor connected will be slightly higher and will vary depending on the gear ratio.
  3. A theoretical torque of the gearbox output shaft can be computed by multiplying this torque by the gear ratio.