We have decided to use tank treads on our robot for the 2010 competition. However, we are having trouble finding a location to purchase them. Does anybody who has used tank treads in the past know about a website that would sell custom tank treads?
You would need to do some rather extensive thinking about the suspension. Our team is kicking this idea around and my hint is to go look at the mechanical structures of military tanks. Any other comments about tank treads and teams that are planning to use them are highly appreciated.
We were considering that, but in the end we decided to go with a whole tread. I forget the reasoning, however. But even so, it would still not change the question of where to get some treads for a reasonable price
You could try http://www.andymark.biz/am-0566.html or http://www.andymark.biz/am-0565.html for some belting material. AndyMark also sells 1" wide x 10’ long pieces, officially for use on a plaction wheel. Nothing says you can’t put some 1" wide pieces of different types side-by-side to get a tread. You’d still have to figure out how to connect the ends, though.