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DresnerRobotics
04-21-2009, 07:34 PM
While most participating in the robotic educational and combat competitions know the Banebots name rather well, we wanted to make sure that other roboticists out there knew how awesome their line of wheels (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/c/3266-BaneBots-Hub-and-Wheel-System.aspx?a=blog) are.


Finding the right wheels for a robot is often a difficult ordeal. Matching wheel size to hubs and motor shafts can take a lot of searching, custom machining, trial and error. Banebots has solved the problem with their modular hub and wheel system (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/c/3266-BaneBots-Hub-and-Wheel-System.aspx?a=blog). With hubs fitting motor shafts from 2mm up to 1/2 inch and wheel diameters from 1-3/8 to 4-7/8 people can mix and match to get the perfect fit for their needs. The Banebots line also offers 3 levels of rubber hardness for each wheel.


YouTube - Banebots Tutorial

lnxfergy
04-21-2009, 08:10 PM
These things really are amazing.

One thing I would recommend though, is using a little locktight on the set screws. I've found that the machining is suberb, the screws go in easily.. but that they like to come out almost as easily...

-Fergs

Adrenalynn
04-21-2009, 08:39 PM
I second Loctite. It only takes a couple forward/reverse cycles under load to back the screw out and [somewhat comically, unless it's in competition] have the wheels literally fall off.

ROBOTMAN
04-22-2009, 12:16 AM
Those snap rings that go on the end of the wheel are annoying. Where can you get that tool used in the video that put it on so easy. I always rip my fingers up trying to put them on with my bare hands.

Adrenalynn
04-22-2009, 12:26 AM
Any hardware store, home improvement store, or autoparts store.

Or by mailorder - examples:

http://www.carparts.com/PERFORMANCE-TOOL-ADJUSTABLE-SNAP-RING-PLIERS/GP_2017913_N__10618.car

Amazon.com: Irwin 2078900 Vise-Grip 6-1/2-Inch Convertible Snap Ring Pliers: Home Improvement

I use these: http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/kdt3152.html they're a nice set. Although I couldn't find them when I first bought my Banebots wheels, so I just used an ancient $6 set from Kragen or Grand Auto that I had laying around...

DresnerRobotics
04-22-2009, 10:25 AM
Those snap rings that go on the end of the wheel are annoying. Where can you get that tool used in the video that put it on so easy. I always rip my fingers up trying to put them on with my bare hands.

We also sell a super-cheap pair here: http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5846-Budget-Snap-Ring-Pliers.aspx

Same one as shown in the video, great for the price!

Adrenalynn
04-22-2009, 12:05 PM
Sorry - I haven't been keeping up on your stock the way I normally do. Yeah - buy those. :)