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Is it possible to build a remotely controlled vacuum cleaner by pairing an upright vac with R/C car parts? Answered

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Sandisk1duo (author)2009-11-26

yes, it is

you'll need stronger motors though

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Scott153 (author)Sandisk1duo2009-11-27

I'm thinking motors geared for high torque & low speed would be better suited than high speed motors. Like killerjackalope said, a relatively slow RC bulldozer or dump truck would probably have more suitable motors than one of those speedy Tyco vehicles that zoom over the terrain at 30mph.

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killerjackalope (author)2009-11-26

Absolutely, though finding the right RC car for it would be tricky, something like an RC bulldozer or some such might be a good bet, also this project: https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-RC-Lawnmower/ Should be of some use, adapt to a hoover instead of a mower...

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Scott153 (author)killerjackalope2009-11-27

I was going to mention the Arduino mower in my initial question, but I ran out of characters - that's exactly the kind of mod I'm talking about. The RC vac doesn't need to be fast; in fact, slower is better, so it cleans better and you don't bash into things. An upright vac is a lot lighter than a mower, do you really think it would need larger motors than what a R/C car has?

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