This is our teams second year of competition. We used a chain drive last year. This year we want as faster robot. What are some good shifting gearboxes? I would be thankful for any help.
There is a very good transmission on andymark.biz called the “Super shifter”. But very costly.
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AndyMark makes a really good one (the supershifter). However, if you really want to have a good shifter, you should make one yourself. We custom build ours every year, and I can send you pictures of last year’s if you want.
The answer: It depends.
If you’ve got the resources to machine one yourselves, there are many options on CD you may want to consider. Reasonably popular, if CD discussion is any indication, are 33’s four-speed design, the Nothing But Dewalts gearbox popularized by 47, and some older designs by 116, 45, and 716.
An evolution of 45’s older designs became the AndyMark Shifter. The models available are similar in many respects; the differences are especially slight going from the original to the Gen2. The SuperShifter adds a few features; if they fit your needs better, great; if not, there’s nothing wrong with saving the $30 a gearbox and sticking with a Gen2.
Last year, we used the Gen2 AM Shifters in our design, and I credit the ability to go fast and still push with a lot of our success. $330 a gearbox isn’t cheap for a lot of teams (that’s a lot of pizza for us!), but you get a bombproof gearbox that is ready to rumble–unbox, mount motors, put it on the robot. The time savings (particularly that time you’d spend machining) may make it worth the money even if you do have the resources to make one yourself. However, that’s a decision for your team and your team alone.