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It’s a fair design. We did experience problems when the slide rails that were attached to the robot were not exactly parallel. What happened was the sliders would not move, and the whole system went crazy. It was great when we were prototyping it though, so it just depends on how you decide to engineer it.

You can check out other designs that we tested during the summer at

Well, this year we are aloud grease. That could help. Or perhaps a bit of elastic pulling it up slightly to remove some of the tension. And i agree, its defiantly a fair design. good luck with what ever you choose.

I have tried the sliding perpendicular gatherer and it was very in efficient. Even with the help of lithium grease it would not work evenly or well.