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Lawnbot Build

Hi All

I have begun to gather all the bits needed to build a Lawnbot 400 as published in Make magazine.

I am looking for wheel or drive motors. I think the raring needs to be 200- 400 W. I have some alternates, but do not have matched pairs.

I am in Central Ab and would prefer a domestic supplier, but will go further afield if required.

Thanks in advance, Cam


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Have you thought about using wheelchair motors? That's what most use.


Wheel chair motors are definitely one of the alternatives, but seem to be pretty pricey for a pair. Also, note my preference for a domestic (to me) source. US sources need to be imported to Canuckland.


Windshield wiper motors are more common, and can be sourced at a local wrecker yard for cheap I would imagine!


Check out this project by @jstarn1

Ryobi 40v Robot Mower With 40v Trimmer Whiskers By Jstarne1/ Starnes

You may get some ideas from his use of cordless drill motors.



If I can make a suggestion for the driving of the lawn mower.

Forget about cordless drill motors. Only suitable for small (very small) lawns. Cordless drill motors aren't supposed to keep running 1 hours constantly... They get pretty hot...

Wheelchair motors are excellent, however expensive.

I'm testing e-bike and e-ped (e- step) motors. I believe this is the right choice when you compare price/torque/performance/endurance.

It only requires a little bit of skill to adapt the drive with sprocket and chain to the lawnmotor.

In the attachment you'll find a few pictures of motors I purchased on ebay and banggood. I use this with and ESC.



Nice find. They look like they will work well.



Thanks for the input PhG. I had looked at electric bike motors. I would prefer a domestic source, but Bangood seems to have very good pricing. I have ordered from them before with good results.

I will have to change computers to download and view your attachment. My iPad doesn't like the zip file?


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Thanks PhG.

These motors look like a very viable alternative as they have mounting holes and a sprocket already supplied. Making a final drive would be easy - just find a matching sprocket type with more teeth. Might take some juggling to get the speed sorted. I think max travel speed should be 4 mph or about 6 kph.

Did you find these on Bangood, or mfr direct? Any chance of a product # if from Bangood?

Thanks in advance. Cam


Hi Cam,

I got the lager motor from eBay. It's actually from a eBike conversion kit. They sell them in different voltage/power ranges. And these days they're quite cheap.

Here are some examples: eBay: e-Bike conversion kit

eBay: e-Bike conversion kit

I'll have to look into the details on the smaller motor. It's identical to the one Dave is showing in his video, but mine comes with a sprocket. I have another one like Dave's with the pully still attachted somewhere in my shed in the back yard. It's been harvested from an e-Ped. Now that the winter is almost over I'll spend more time in my shed and hopefully get back to you with pictures of the drive with chain and sprocket.