Roller Intakes

So I was looking at some reveals from last year and had a question. I saw that 169 shaved the teeth on the sprockets of their roller intakes.Does anybody know why?

929U also did it

My guess is that it was probably for looks, since I dont really see an advantage to shaving them

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It was most likely done to prevent ball jamming. By keeping the teeth the balls have a possibility to get caught in them and prevent the balls from going up the intake. Shaving them off makes it smooth and greatly reduces that ability

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929U shaved the teeth of the sprocket so they could intake balls even if they were contacting the sprocket, Iā€™m assuming 169 did the same.

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The top sprocket was shaved because of space, the teeth would have hit the bar above the intake if they were not shaved. On 169ā€™s robot I believe that they were shaved so they could intake while the robot was pressed against the wall.

Also, they look very nice.

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