I am wondering if there is an alternative to the vex pneumatics.
After i thought about it, i came to the conclusion VEX IS ROYALLY OVERPRICED ON THE PNEUMATICS!!!
Someone from vex please read this and lower the price to $100 or at most $120.
And do you want to know why they are overpriced.
I can buy a some pvc and assemble a crude but simple pneumatic system like vex makes that can probably lift more weight faster for $30.
Now vex be real, the metal that you used costs what $10 to $20 for all of it if you produce it in a factory in bulk.
It is a simple air tank with a schrader valve attached wow thats not that hard to make. $15
The hosing does not cost $5 for 5 feet its more like 20 cents per foot.
The on/off switch is a simple hand operated valve that costs nothing at homedepot. $5
The regulator cannot be more than $10-$20 for sure.
The solenoid valves are probably the most expensive part of the unit, but since you buy them in bulk i can not imagine them being anymore than $15 to $20 each.
The actual pneumatic cylinder is a simple cylinder with a rod in the middle and an oring to seal it and 2 air fittings. $10 each.
Now assuming that you paid the max for everything for all of this it would only be $95. For a complete double acting cylinder set
So stop ripping people off and charging them an extra $135 for something that is not that expensive.
You only charge $20 for a motor, wow $20 pneumatics are no differnt they are motors powered by air.
And i am positive that i overestimated the price i honestly think they make these for $50 each.
Now i can understand about producing limited quantity’s of this with custom machined parts is not going to be the cheapest way.
If that is the case why don’t you have your engineers re engineer the pneumatics to use much more generic parts that are mass produced.
In the end i am saying that by inflating the price of the vex pneumatics by $140 you are not increasing you sales. If you want to see people build more complex robots and have an increase in sales for the pneumatics lower the price to something reasonable.
I really want to buy the pneumatics but your prices are obscene, if i buy the pneumatics i would have spent almost as much as the starter kit costs.
Please read this and seriously consider it.