Introduction: Remote Control Tank Drive

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After reading a ton about remote control lawnmowers, I decided to build my own all purpose remote control vehicle for general yard use and lawnmowing etc. I started with a track set from an old snowblower. I reconfigured the track mounts as I wanted everything to be made out of stainless steel. I then built the pan within the tracksets so that everything would sit low enough to give it a good center of gravity while still having enough clearance to get over rocks etc.

I purchased the wheelchair motors from ebay and also bought a sabretooth motor driver to connect to the remote control receiver.

My first attempt used only a single wheelchair battery which didn't have enough speed for me so I added a second which greatly improves both torque and speed.

My plan next is to start adding accessories to it. I am planning of attaching a standard lawnmower to the front of it with a swivel wheelset. Next on the list is a small yard wagon to assist in gardening and then finally a snow plow or snowblower. The idea of the design is that I can add whatever attachment I want later on.

Step 1: Some More Details

Picture of Some More Details

I have been getting a bunch of feedback so I figured I would go into a slight bit more detail.

The tracks are made from an original Sears Tracdrive snowblower. I bought the original sets from kijiji and modified the mounts and made them out of stainless. Once I had the trac drive system figured out I next purchased some motors off kijiji. The motors are direct drive to the tracksets. The only chains are within the tracksets to link main shaft to the drive gear.

Step 2: Motor Types.

Pride Jazzy Z11 Left & Right Motors & Gearboxes. These were the type of motors I purchased. Just type them in Google and you should find them. They were good in that they were a good size.

Step 3:

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I then looked into motor controllers which would work with the design. I choose a Sabertooth dual 25A motor driver. This is a self contained unit that already is programmed to do a multitude of things. After looking at the costs of building my own amplifier and writing code for it, I decided this was a proven design that worked well.

Step 4: Chassis

Picture of Chassis

Next was the chassis design out of stainless. I did it on Autocad. I purchased two wheelchair batteries to give me the torque and speed I needed. The above designs show the sketchup and autocad designs. The final top cover I haven't made yet, but the plan is shown in the attached pics. this is the reason for the change in chassis elevation.

The amplifier and controller are mounted over the motors on a small platform.



UnKommonWealth (author)2016-04-05

Can you help me? I have an idea in mind, but its a little ridiculous. But, if it works it could change the world. If you wanna help me build it please let me know :)

Que idea sería hombre

BhuvneshK (author)2016-02-09

looks wonderful.may be i will make one,one day

TriptiU (author)2015-12-13

send me email if you still interesred to sell it.

DylanD581 (author)2015-09-18

That looks way cool! I agree with everyone else, pictures would be helpful. Could you also list where you purchased the parts from?

EdJ7 (author)DylanD5812015-10-09

Ive added more info

Gomi no Sensei (author)2015-09-24

Some people just don't understand the "instruct" part of this website.

EdJ7 (author)Gomi no Sensei2015-10-09

The instruct part is complete. Cool your jets. I didnt have time to put in rhe full story til now..some of us have jobs.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-09-18

That looks really cool. Do you have any pictures of the creation process?

see updated information. Hope this helps.

1stPal (author)2015-09-18

Cool story bro .... we need the 'How to' part ...

EdJ7 (author)1stPal2015-10-01

see updated information

acheide (author)2015-09-18

It looks like you have put together a very useful platform. What kind of drive motors are those?

EdJ7 (author)acheide2015-10-01

see updated information

panzua (author)2015-09-20

Same question of Acheide: What kind of drive motors are those?

EdJ7 (author)panzua2015-10-01

see my updated information

dege45 (author)2015-09-21

So little is not good!
We need more details
Which chains, wheels, engines, dimensions, etc.
Very cool project!

EdJ7 (author)dege452015-10-01

see my updated information

gweliver (author)2015-09-26

Very nice start!

How many amps did you find the power chair motors draw?

What Sabretooth controller did you go with?

What type of track system or manufacturer did this come from?

How do you control it, joystick or RC controller?

Do you have FPV?

dege45 (author)2015-09-26

Hello Gomi,
then let's hear it.
Here we go!

liamw4 (author)2015-09-25

i made this beast

Jared G (author)2015-09-20

That looks stout! Do you have videos?

jr2233 (author)2015-09-20

Ghild.Zero (author)2015-09-20

Very Good mechanic

ccronkhite (author)2015-09-19

One idea I've had for it is to have a wheelbarrow type bucket on top that can be dumped like a dump truck. That might be too top heavy though.

ccronkhite (author)2015-09-19

Pretty awesome! I've thought about this idea before but never took the time to figure out how to pull it off. If I ever get around to building one, I'll definitely come back and take another look.

Are you going to use gas powered mower and blower or try electric?

bluenoiseMF (author)2015-09-18

That looks great! I have been considering building something similar, but on a smaller scale for use in my home's crawlspace. Like yours, I'd create a standardized mounting system for tools and I'd add a camera so I could drive it remotely outside of my line-of-sight.

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