VEX Ratchet Tutorial

With the Recent release of VEX Change Up, I have noticed an increased amount of discussion and questions about ratchets.

In this video, I go over ratchets, how they work, and how they can be implemented on a VRC robot.

I cover 2 styles of ratchets, one with an internal pawl, and one with an external pawl.

I then go over an example of how each style of ratchet can be used on a VRC robot.


Feel free to ask any questions, or leave any comments you might have.

Also, sorry about the constant jump-cuts, it was either that or the constant stuttering.

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Nice vid, it had a good explanation of the mechanics behind ratchets

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Whats with the framed vex forum comments in the background tho lol

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Thanks!

Feel free to zoom in yourself

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Very nice video. This seems to be a great resource to introduce teams to this mechanical concept.

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I actually built intakes exactly like that (different treads, same ratchet design. The intakes on mine actually folded out from inside the robot though). Anyway, nice video!

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Yea, Eddie from my sister team is supposedly working on something similar too. For obvious reasons I haven’t seen it. From what I hear, this design might be quite prevalent this year.

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Nice video. I can definitely understand motor sharing a bit better after watching this

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That’s the idea! I hope this helps you, any anyone else out this season.

Very helpful!

Thanks! I finally understand how ratchets can be applied to Vex!

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Glad you enjoyed it.

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Nice video! I definetly understand ratchets much more now. Thanks!

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thanks man, I really appreciate the video! I only just learned about ratchets this year with the new competition and I was very confused on how they work so this was very helpful!

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Did you have to modify screws and stuff to make the rachets lock /don’t lock? I am curios because mine are seeming to to easially slip, that probbally where the need to make the head thinner to fit in the 12 tooth gear/ add a slightly stronger rubber band… I just don’t know if you have input on that : )

No, I did not

In the video you would see that I added a washer and a keps nut to the screw.

Wow, Taran I really like how you are really open with ideas this year. I did not like it how the elite teams last year with cube locks had a lot of secrecy around it, most notably 7K’s when they blurred out their cube lock. Great job Taran.

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