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Old 12-13-2010, 02:46 PM
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VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Now Available!

VEX Winch and Pulley Kit – P/N: 276-1546 - $14.99

This kit provides the ability to implement a winch and pulley system and create block and tackle mechanisms to utilize mechanical advantage.

  • -Lift, lower, hang, drag and more.
  • -Configurable for many applications.
  • -Ratchet and Pawl can be engaged to prevent back driving.



This kit will be available for ordering in January and will be legal for VEX Round Up.

www.vexrobotics.com/276-1546.html

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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

Now THAT is cool. I'm excited to see what teams can come up with using these tools.
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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

Agreed, and a good price. The ratchet gear will likely be used by teams in all kinds of interesting ways. Namely in lift designs.

Do MORE of this...

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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

THANK YOU!!!

My days of mangled PWM wires and attempts to braid surgical tubing are over! This is a very gook kit, the ratchet alone is worth the price. Is the rope the same stuff we were allowed to use in previous years? Thanks again guys!

P.s. Will this be compatible with Foster's turntable?
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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

So does this now mean that string will be legal?
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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

Looking at some of the non obvious features the setup looks very cool.

You can put the pawl on a servo to make a stupid simple engage-disengage system. That's really cool for kickers, punchers, and anything else that winds up stored energy.

The block and tackle kits are perfect for those who are trying to figure out how to high hang using only surgical tubing and string. Mechanical Advantage is your friend!

The bracket, winch, ratchet, pawl, string, AND pulleys all come in one kit for less than 15 bucks. It's an absurdly good value.

Put this on a "must buy" list for any serious VRC competitor.

Rough calculations: 2 Motor 269s driving this winch can lift a 10 pound robot 18 inches in roughly 6 seconds.
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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

sweet, the best part i like about this is the string :P ^^
and the ratchet gear is also awesome for "non-slip" hang once the power is cut
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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

I don't mean to be a downer, but everything in the kit can be made out of existing Vex parts, besides the string. I admit, though, it would take a bit of time to make those idler pulleys. I suppose this saves some time for VRC competitors, but me being a hobbyist, I can't justify spending $15 for a bit of time. Looks great though...
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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

Wow, that is a good value, as far as Vex parts go. However, doesn't this feel like Vex is just capatalizing on how everyone is trying to use something like this?

On the bright side, we get to use string! Prepare for robots made mostly of and held together by zipties and string!
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Re: VEX Winch & Pulley Kit - Available in January

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I don't mean to be a downer, but everything in the kit can be made out of existing Vex parts, besides the string. I admit, though, it would take a bit of time to make those idler pulleys. I suppose this saves some time for VRC competitors, but me being a hobbyist, I can't justify spending $15 for a bit of time. Looks great though...
You can't make a ratchet and pawl out of existing Vex parts. Or pulleys, really.
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