Looking for Used Field Perimeter


#1

Hey guys,

Would any retiring teams have a field perimeter they would be willing to sell me? If so, please PM me.

Thanks


#2

I don’t have a perimeter but it is very easy to make one out of some cheap plywood. My school built one with $30


#3

Hmm… Why is the perimeter $1000? Even with the EP discount, it’s pretty expensive. Go with the plywood. It’s probably easier to move and store as well.


#4

Because they are made of rolled steel. They are pretty much a once in a lifetime purchase, I have two from 2006 and a third from 2009 and they are a little scratched, but still work great. I’d have to math some, but I’ll guess the two older ones have seen over 100 events.


#5

Ya they just designed the field perimeter to be a tad bit overbuilt and we are all better for it. It is just a cost you have to budget once. I don’t think vex makes any money on the hundred they sell in a year.


#6

I think they still make money on them. Need to remember, there is a huge factory next to them that make computer room racks.


#7

I agree with you, but I think they sell WAY more than 100 per year. I would imagine that they are not particularly profitable, especially compared to all the kits they sell to schools.


#8

I wonder why vex doesn’t make them out of plywood. I’d imagine they could scratch a little easier, but putting some thick plastic on either side could really help with that. The walls don’t need to be transparent and they don’t take enough of a beating to warrant the high grade steel they use.

If Matthew was able to make one for $30, vex could just switch to a plywood and sell them for $90. This would greatly lower the price, increase the mark percentage greatly, and lower the risk if they don’t sell every single perimeter because they’re storing less money in raw materials.


#9

Plywood doesn’t exactly look very professional tho


#10

You’re absolutely right. It just seems like a silly reason to charge $1000 for a perimeter instead of $100, but if vex cares about looking professional, it’s a fair call.

If they want something in the middle, they could use high grade hard wood that would look quite nice but would still be well under $1000 per perimeter.


#11

Personally I think a fully plastic perimeter would look amazing (at least until someone scratches it) 10mm polycarbonate would probably do the job well and would probably be cheaper than the steel-polycarb combo we have at the moment.


#12

Perimeters were designed for organizations hosting events - having transparent walls allows better viewing angles in different venues that might not have a live broadcast of the field. Events are held in classrooms, auditoriums, gymnasiums, cafeterias…

VEX makes the low cost plywood & PVC plans freely available to teams who want that low cost solution without markups due to shipping, manufacturing etc.


#13

That’s actually an interesting point.

What about replacing the high grade steel with hard wood but keeping those clear central panels? Hard wood gets expensive, but just a frame would be less total material, and it would certainly be cheaper than steel.


#14

Why the sudden interest in making a cheaper field? The current ones are like tanks. They last, put up with abuse. With an EP discount they are very inexpensive.


#15

I’ve been building cabinetry and furniture as a hobby for a couple of decades. If you figure in the cost of materials and labor, the field perimeter you buy from VEX is a screaming deal compared to building a hardwood frame-and-panel equivalent, and you know that the game will attach to the factory field every year. I have no such confidence in a home built perimeter. I’m a huge fan of building a cheap OSB field for practice, but they are not suitable for a competition.


#16

I would guess it’s a couple hundred a year. Maybe 200-300, still loosely in the 100 ballpark. Did you have a totally different estimate? I would be idly curious how many field perimeters robot mesh sells a year, if you were willing to disclose it.