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deravor

I've been working on a Rover 5 platform that I go from sparkfun.com. There are a few different variations, but the '5' has 4 motors, each with it's own quadrature encoder, and is tracked. Since it does have independent 4-wheel drive, you could use mecanum wheels for an extra level of maneuverability.

Robosavvy.com makes a motor controller/encoder board that looks like it works very well with this platform, but I haven't tried it yet.

Dr_Fastolfe


I've been working on a Rover 5 platform that I go from sparkfun.com. There are a few different variations, but the '5' has 4 motors, each with it's own quadrature encoder, and is tracked. Since it does have independent 4-wheel drive, you could use mecanum wheels for an extra level of maneuverability.


Thanks for the suggestion! I like that platform, but I'm a bit concerned that it would be too small (like the DFRobotShop Rover). The Chumby takes up a lot of real estate.

But I could perhaps mount two decks on top of the robot, a bottom deck for the Arduino, motor controller etc. and a top deck for the Chumby and a camera.

Philthy

I've been stuck in the same situation. The robotics hobby has a absolutely huge lack of tracked chassis to choose from right now. You have your selection which don't meet any of my needs really. So it boils down to buying old/new RC tanks and ripping the guts out. The Tyco Fast Traxx line look like a good tracked platform if you can find any. The RAD 2 robot looks pretty good as well. However, even in the RC toy line, not many people make tracked anything anymore.

This has been the most frustrating thing about making a tracked robot for me. The chassis is impossible to find unless you want to spend upwards of $300 for something that goes above and beyond a basement hobby.

cr0sh


I've been stuck in the same situation. The robotics hobby has a absolutely huge lack of tracked chassis to choose from right now. You have your selection which don't meet any of my needs really. So it boils down to buying old/new RC tanks and ripping the guts out. The Tyco Fast Traxx line look like a good tracked platform if you can find any. The RAD 2 robot looks pretty good as well. However, even in the RC toy line, not many people make tracked anything anymore.

This has been the most frustrating thing about making a tracked robot for me. The chassis is impossible to find unless you want to spend upwards of $300 for something that goes above and beyond a basement hobby.


Have you thought about building your own tracked chassis?:

http://www.rctankcombat.com/
I will not respond to Arduino help PM's from random forum users; if you have such a question, start a new topic thread.

zoomkat

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You have your selection which don't meet any of my needs really.


So what are your needs?
Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff.   8)

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