I personally prefer normal drive over strafing because of motor limits. Every team deserves a 4 motor drive, leaving 4 motors for the mechanisms. Dedicating one of these motors to strafe means you sacrifice a lift, which is important for towering. The other alterenative, a 2 motor drive with a strafe motor, leaves your drive too weak IMO for playing any defense.
China intake is the intake design with two sprockets at different heights with separate treads. The front part is for picking up cubes and the back is more for compression. Normal intake is just two sprockets with the same tread.
If my explanation makes no sense, sorry, I am a programmer.
I don’t think those are chintakes, traditional chintakes have 100 rpm back rollers and 166 rpm front rollers and the rollers are geared together. Obviously you can make the intake a little different and still call it a chintake, but I’d say that’s more like a normal intake with just separate rollers at different heights.
I think what differs a China take from a normal intake is the fact that each sprocket on the chinatake had it’s own tread, while normal intakes have both sprockets share the same tread.
After all, if I made a chinatake but both sprockets were the same speed, would it make sense to call it a normal intake?
I would probably consider it a cross between the two because what makes the chintake special is the fact that the rollers spin at different speeds. When people ask “what is the advantage of a chintake over a normal intake” people normally say “It prevents chain breakage and allows for cubes to be processed faster”. If the sprockets spin at the same speed then the intake would have the same speed as a normal intake but with the added benefit of no chain breakage. If the chintake was just a normal intake with separated rollers it probably would not be such a big deal and it probably wouldn’t be special enough to dub it “the chintake”.
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I used a variation of them on my old robot. China intakes are geared together, and use standoffs for the attachment of the lower staggered sprocket. Those were… an interesting variation to say the least… so was that robot.