Quick personal introduction of myself and my knowledge and capabilities.
Im new to arduino this is my first project. I dont have a alot of knowledge on circuits and whatnot, but am a quick learner. Im a welder by trade, but pretty much a jack of all trades. so mechanically my brain is sharp. the mechanical side of this project is complete as far as r&d goes.
What I need assistance with is the arduino side of things.
My project is a remote controlled snowblower. I live in canada, we get alot of snow.
My dreaming vision is to go to the garage, push the snow blower outside, fire it up, and then go back inside turn my controller on and sit in the window up stairs which over looks my drive way, and clear snow in the warmth.
As the design goes, NOTE all motors will be paired to a 10k POT for encoding position. each motor will be a large "SERVO" I will have: 4 DC window motors from a Ford Taurus -controlling steering -auger operation -engaging and disengaging the drive wheels of the snowblower(these wheels are driven by the engine of the snowblower itself) note the snowblower will NOT be driven by any electric motors. ** -controlling the speeds and direction (forward reverse)
The steering will be one window motor centred between two wheels that will pivot just shy of 180 degrees simultaneously. there will be a 10k Pot that will be fixed to a pulley centred between wheels that will have a cable attached to it leading to each wheel. This will be how I encode where the wheels are at any given time to use the window motor as a large servo. -This motor is 12v it runs at about 3-4 amps and stall current I dont know but it doesnt matter because its no where near 30amps. -The driver Im using to run this motor is "VNH2SP30 14A(30A peak) PWM to 20khz" NOTE this this what the label says from the store i purchased my driver. Ive searched it online and it seems to come up as the larger version that runs 2 DC motors but the board i have only runs 1 single dc motor.
The auger control, drive control, and direction and speed control will be 3 separate 12v DC window motors identical to the steering motors. each motor will be paired to a 10k POT for encoding
each motor will be paired to the same style motor driver as previously mentioned above in the steering section (total of 4 motors, total of 4 individual motor drivers.)
Im running Arduino Mega.
power supply will be 2x 12v car batteries onboard the snowblower.
My dreaming vision for the remote controller would be to use a ps3 controller but after hours of reading online it seems its a big pain the rear. so scrap that idea..
I now plan to use a off the shelf transmitter receiver package with 2 joysticks and afew other options for controls. (i have not looked into exactly what remote controller im going to use yet. if anyone has any suggestions let me know.)
So what im looking to know is A-Z what I need in terms of capacitors resistors diodes logic level converters. also how I should wire everything in.
I could keep typing with amillion other questions and details but lets start with this and go from there