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Tamiya 70097 Twin-Motor Gearbox

 

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The Tamiya #70097 twin-motor gearbox is a small (3in long) plastic gearbox. It contains two small DC motors that drive separate 3mm hexagonal output shafts. There are two ways to put the kit together: with a high-speed 58:1 gear ratio or with a slower 203:1 gear ratio. Either way, the motors provide plenty of power to drive any small robot. The gearbox works perfectly with our micro dual serial motor controller.

The two motors in the twin-motor gearbox are rated for 3 volts but will typically work fine up to 6 volts. When using this product with the dual serial motor controller (or any motor driver based on an H-bridge), keep in mind that up to a few volts (depending on the load) are lost on the transistors of the H-bridge, so that a 4.5 volt battery delivers about 3 volts to the motors, giving them a reasonable amount of power. Motor overheating can be caused by excessive stalling, even at very low voltages. We recommend that you use stall-detection sensors, or just watch your robot, to make sure that it doesn't stall for more than a few seconds at a time.

The 3mm, hexagonal output shaft is compatible with all four types of Tamiya wheels.

Note: The twin-motor gearbox is a kit; assembly is required. To use the kit in robotics projects, you need to connect the motors to your own robot controller. Motor is FA130, 3V (Max 4.5V)/0.5A, 10500 RPM. Click here to compare these gearboxes.

 

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