Re: [mowbot] Mowbot list

Monta Elkins (Monta nospam at
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 08:36:42 -0400


Is this for possible commercial application?
or one-off gee whiz machines?

I had started a one-off mowbot project of
5 stages. (I managed to finish stage one before
getting sidetracked on other projects).

My platform was 'easily available' materials.
The locomtion is provided by a powerwheels "bigfoot"
(jointly owned with my son :) )

For "brains" I acquired a gameboy.
16k ram, z80 processor; serial ports, easy additions
lcd display; linux and windows emulators; all for $25 (used)

Not to mention it's rugged and has power supply built in.
for more information on Gameboy.

For power and control I rewired the Bigfoot to use 12v
lawn mower batteries with relays (and soon PWM signals).

I had planned to use a 12v string trimmer as the cutting
device; assuming it was relatively safe a quiet.

String trimmers may be slow, but the Mowbot doesn't care
to work long hours.

Any comments so far?

-Monta Elkins

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