Hi everybody, its been a few years since I put anything in here but for this project I am sure there will be a few of you interested.
Its time to start my next winter project.
This year I would like to build a very large radio controlled utility machine to do a various of tasks.
When I build a working model of something I always like to make it useful and require it to do a few jobs around the house and grounds.
I have been doing alot of research over the past few weeks deciding what to build and its type.
Ok firstly I thought about building a RC tractor. But what jobs would I like it to do? The biggest task is to mow my large lawn every week. Secondly help me with various construction jobs around the grounds. ie moving earth, sweeping etc.
How should it be powered? 2 choices really. electric motors or engine (Gas) .
How big? It needs to be big enough to do these tasks the same as a real machine would.
Wheels or tracks? 2 or 4 wheel drive? and so on and so on.
Time to break it all down and make a decision.
I really want it to look good and draw lots of attention at maybe a few shows etc, If I get invited to any that is.
The main thing is not to make it look like some sort of modified wheelchair which alot of people seem to do.
Ok. I have decided to go full electric powered. Why? Well I do want to play with it indoors during the winter. There's not much fun only being able to mess around with your model outside. If its engined powered then you really cant run it in the house for long. So electric it is.
Wheels or tracks? I have decided to go for wheels. Why? Wheels are so much easier when building a model. There's alot of work and problems when building model tracks and getting them to look right.
Steering? I have decided to go for articulated steering rather than skid steer or regular steering. Skid steer is no good when playing with it on grass. It will rip it up. I could go for regular steering but as its a construction machine then articulated is the way to go.
2 or 4 wheel drive? 4 wheel drive for sure. If I am going to move earth outside , dig and mow then you do really need 4 wheel drive.
What materials? Steel and only steel. Im a good welder and have had good experience working with steel so steel it is.
How big? It should end up the same size as a small regular ride on mower or go kart.
What will it look like when built? Err something like this.
I am sure the powers that be will place this article in the correct place in this forum.
I will keep all the build progress to this article so you can keep track of the build.