Question for Rover 5 users about alternate wheel options.
December 14, 2011
SO, having completed my holiday obligations, it's time for a little present from me TO me. I've been collecting assorted parts, and experimenting with Arduino code and have decided that pretty much everything I want to do with a robot base can be most efficiently, cost-effectively accomplished with a Rover 5, and it's at the top of my "Been a good boy" list.
The only thing I don't like about it is those rubber treads that seem to keep falling off. And since it's my intention to get the Rover 5 with 4 motors and encoders, I've decided to go with independent wheels.
SO, what fits best? I've seen the mecanum wheels, but the Fingertech wheels (which would be the only ones I could justify expense-wise) seem to be somewhat more trouble than they're worth--Tho I haven't completely discounted them yet.
Wheels seem to be unnecessarily complicated and expensive--I mean we're talking about a hobby where people are doing interesting things with under $5 microcontrollers after all.
What's been working for you guys?