Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mowbot 1.0 it mows


I completed the maiden mowing voyage. It took about three months to get to this point and it felt great to see all of the pieces working together.

I let the grass in the yard get quite tall before mowing it because I knew that the mower was almost ready. It turns out that it was pretty deep but the 5hp briggs & stratton engine powered through it just fine.

The control system has been revamped. Now the remote controller is a 2.4ghz DSM system that sends servo level signals to a Sabertooth 2x50 pwm controller. This gives me a huge increase in safety because the motors will just stop during Loss Of Signal rather than running away like the AM radio does.

The project still has a long way to go, and I'll probably never declare it complete due to the many features that I would like to add to it.

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