Let's Make Robots!


On-line store up and running!

I just published my first website: www.salvage-1.com and it should be live any minute now.

I will be adding items on a daily basis as I have over 2000 part numbers currently in stock as well as all types of unique and interesting items.

There will be certain core items, (like the soldering stations), that I will always sell but other items, (due to the nature of the surplus business), will be limited quanity. What that means is, when they're gone, they may be gone for good. I buy at auction every other Saturday so there will be new and different items added continously.

Ebay mixed bag of robot bits

I mentioned on SPANR's page that I bought a bunch of robot bits on ebay some time ago and I started playing with them recently. This blog is my way of keeping track of what I got and some thoughts on what I can do with it.

First off, the biped.

Old Laptop Parts

I have an old non-functioning laptop, well its not that old sad to say :( only 2 years old. but was goin to start my first robo soon and was wondering if i there were some parts on there worth salvaging on there......ie:webcam, wifi radio, female USB's on mobo, etc.....

thanks for any and all help provided!!!

Small Parts Store Canada

Hey guys,

Does anyone know of a good small hardware store that is in Canada/will ship to Canada and not charge an arm and a leg for shipping?

I am trying to find something like this;http://www.smallparts.com/

Sadly this place charges an import fee and shipping that makes buying unreasonable for us Canadians.


My parts

Yes! My parts arrived today and now i got them.

There are over 400 parts in this box (not include picaxe things):

There are ldrs,resistors,electric capacitors,ceramic capasitors,motor driver,08M,transistors,leds,axle,wires and lots of other things what i can use on robots. But still i have to order more parts, motors,breadboard and battery holders.


Uses the servos potentiometer to detect resitance on a gripper.
Using a
I soldered a wire to the middle pin of the potentiometer inside the servo that operates my gripper. Using an analog pin, I can tell when the Servo isn't moving. I … Read more

Good Stuff to scavenge from a cell phone

I just ripped apart an old Samsung SGH-T739.

Picture of Samsung t739

I was planning on using the vibration motor that is used for silent mode. As long as I have this thing torn apart, I'm curious about your ideas for what else might be good to use.


Small nuts and bolts, where do you get them?

I asked this question once before in a bad spot I think. Where do you all get small nuts and bolts. I went to a local hardware store for really small nuts and bolts, like 2x20mm, 2x12 mm, and similar sized imperial nuts and bolts. I walked out of the place with like 30 bolts and 30 nuts and it was over $30.00!!! I used all of them on one project and still have to go get more. But at 45 cents plus a bolt, it is gonna bankrupt me. Is there a good place online to buy these things in like 100 packs or boxes or something for cheaper than a dollar for one nut and one bolt?


I dissasembled my broken TV and got alot of random stuff. Is there anything useful there? I found a diode and a IR reciever and alot of buttons and caps and resistors, and alot of stuff i cant identify yet, i will post pictures of it when i dissasemble it... What special parts should i look for? =D


Does anyone else break stuff to get parts from it?

The Pulse - 2010w21

LMR on the Brain
Sensing the living LMR community since 2008w43.

SF order on it's way[shipped!]

Since it's been a while since anyone has posted on this forum, just thought I'd post something.

Finally put my order in thats been in the cart on that fateful freeday. added a couple extra things to it as well since I have a mini project going.

Opted to get the polulu trex motor driver as well since my hbridge attempt has yet to work(though I haven't tried to trouble shoot it for a while) .

Got a couple of 20x2's to see what they are like and since they had some sweet hw access. Grabbed a couple of atmel 2313's since they have built in uarts.  

Fingertech Robotics Question

Do you remember when you sent me that hard copy pdf file of the high torque servo? With all the stuff I needed to Cad it? I need a hard copy of the servo horns it comes with. Please email it to Benbo231@gmail.com as you did before. Hurry, I am at a standstill until I get it, and my deadline is rapidly approaching! I have until the end of next week to CAD about 40 parts, usingabout 3 square feet of aluminum. Please hurry.

How far can you get in parts hunt?

Just an hour ago I have disjointed this little peaceful innocent birdy, just for a little switch as I ran out of them and did not want to stop my robot building proccess! I'm a feelingless monster...


The question of the day:

How far did you ever get in robot building fever? What dirty deeds you did and what sacrifices you put on altar of robot building?


Basic progress

Here are a map of parts in the Mr. Basic kit

Mr.Basic manual page 3
So far I've dicharded:
The wheels (13&14)
The bumper (17)
The battery holder (18)
The front axle shift metal fixer (20)

and I've mutilated/hacksawed/drilled:
an Axis joint device (5)
both Front axles(7)
The Chasis (11)
one Decelerated pinion chassis (12)

And I know some of the copper tubes (22&23&24) have a dark future ahead dating my trusted hacksaw.

Swapshop-Blog Version

Ok, so ive made a robot, still workin on it. However, im lookin to the next one already, and for it, i need an arduino. Im dead broke, but i saw Swapshop in the forums, and thought it was smart! however, the most recent post was like 2 weeks ago, and i'm lookin for more traffic then that.

I was cleanin my room (for once) and found this stuff. im unloadin a lot of my old stuff for cash, and heres a bit of it...

Nicd Battery pack (1800 MaH)

2 Tamiya Gearboxes and Wheels

2 Leaf-Spring Switches

2 Radio-Transmitter like parts

2 IR detectors

Robot Beginnings

Well I am starting! Will keep you posted on my progress and once it is done put it in here as a robot. :) Woot.