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ARC Equipment LLCBy ARC Equipment LLC
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ARC Equipment LLCBy ARC Equipment LLC
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About

The RCZT

The Radio Controlled Zero-Turn Tractor (RCZT) Prototype
The Radio Controlled Zero-Turn Tractor (RCZT) Prototype

The Radio Controlled Zero-Turn Tractor (RCZT) is a fully radio controlled tractor that wirelessly transmits HD video to your TV or mobile monitor. You can even mow your grass from inside your own home.

Versatility

While the primary function of the RCZT is to mow grass, we don't want that to be the only function. The RCZT was designed to be modular so that any part can be easily removed or added. This allows us to make attachments for the RCZT that can extend it's usefulness. One such attachment is the snow plow. The plow can easily be attached to the front of the RCZT, and you don't even have to remove the mowing deck. With the RCZT and this attachment you can plow your driveway without having to set foot outside in the cold.

Another attachment we are wanting to implement is a track system. Having a track system would dramatically increase the RCZT's slope mowing ability and allow it to plow snow more effectively.

We also have many ideas for future attachments for the RCZT such as a bucket scoop and snow blower. We are also going to try and implement an autonomous package, which will allow the mower to do all the work for you.

The RCZT also comes stock with a 2000 lb. super winch and a tow hitch. These features, along with the extra attachments will ensure that the RCZT is not a seasonal machine.

The RCZT shown with snow plow attachment alongside possible track attachment
The RCZT shown with snow plow attachment alongside possible track attachment

Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports an estimated 35,000 consumer injuries related to riding lawn mower accidents were treated annually during 2012-2014.  CPSC also reported that and average of 90 deaths were attributed to riding mowers from 2008-2010.The RCZT will address this issue by allowing the operator to control the machine from a safe location. The elderly and disabled can mow from inside their homes while watching the live video feed on their television. Department of Highways can park safe distances off the interstate and mow grass with the video transmitted onto a mobile monitor attached to radio controller. Military firing ranges that are to dangerous for people to mow can now be mowed with ease from a safe distance. The RCZT also comes equipped with safety sensors to ensure operator and pedestrian safety. A roll-over sensor is installed to make sure that the motor disengages if a turn-over should occur. The camera can rotate 360 degrees to ensure that the operator can see all around the vehicle and a laser scanner will be used to alert the operator of any nearby obstacles that could be out of his current field of view.

RCZT SPECS

(Options for Standard and Commercial Series)

(Some things may change with the final product but functionality will remain the same)

Frame – 2”x3”x1/4” Steel

Motor – 26Hp Residential Briggs and Stratton

             27Hp Commercial Briggs and Stratton

             35Hp Commercial Briggs and Stratton

Transmission – ZT-3400 Hydro Gear

                         ZT-4400 Hydro Gear 

                         ZT-5400 Hydro Gear

Deck – 54” Cutting Width

            72” Cutting Width

Blades – Gator Blades

Head Lights – Super Bright LED

Winch – 2000-lb. Super Winch

Rear Tires – Carlisle Super Lug

                    Carlisle Turf Savers

Video Transmission – Connex HD Transmitter w/GoPro

Radio Controller – Graupner MZ-24

Safety Sensors – Roll Over Engine Kill Switch

Object Detection for Blind Spots

Snow Plow – 50”+

Snow Blower – 66”-72” w/Independent Motor

Planned Future Attachments Include

Mini Excavator Tracks and Frames

Bucket Scoop

Hands Free True Autonomous with no Dog Fence Wire Burial Required

THE DESIGN OF RCZT

The Radio Controlled Zero-Turn Tractor (RCZT) started out as a project for Robotics Class at Bluefield State College in WV. It was designed and built in my personal garage using recycled parts off an old zero turn lawn mower that had a damaged frame. A new frame was designed using new steel donated by Con Weld in Princeton WV. The new 2”x2”x1/4” frame was built reusing the transmissions, motor, and cutting deck. The entire project took around 3-1/2 months to complete.

VIDEO TRANSMISSION

After the construction of the RCZT something was missing. I knew this would help in dangerous locations but just like other Radio Controlled Lawn Mowers it required line of sight for operation. This means that the user must follow the lawn mower within viewing distance for an accurate cut. This is were my team decided to install a video system allowing a live video to be transmitted to a mobile monitor or television. After experimenting with several audio/video systems we noticed that blades of grass are very difficult to see without a High Definition Video Transmitter. Along with the video transmission we wanted to allow the viewer to see 360 degrees of surrounding area and installed the camera on a gimbal. Then the RCZT system was completed.


We need your help!

The Radio Controlled Zero Turn Tractor (RCZT) started out as a school project for a college robotics course. This prototype was made with a recycled motor and transmissions from another mower, as well as a custom built frame made with donated steel. After the RCZT was completed, we brought it to a number of local shows meant to show people our school's robotics projects. The RCZT quickly gained popularity as people saw it in action. Many people showed interest in the RCZT and wanted to know when they would be able to buy one. It was after seeing the demand for this product that we decided to make a business to sell RCZTs. The city of Bluefield was more than helpful in getting us off the ground. They helped us become an LLC, write a business plan, and even gave us a place to manufacture at. The only thing missing is funding.

Autonomous and Radio Controlled Equipment LLC (ARCE) is seeking funds to start manufacturing the RCZT. ARCE currently has a provisional patent for the RCZT but will use funds raised on Kickstarter to finance a full Utility Patent. Other areas that funds will be used is a powder coating oven/paint booth, research and development of new attachments, and construction of new RCZT (including materials and labor).

ARCE already has a 13000 square feet warehouse and all tools needed to start the production of RCZT tractors. ARCE has secured our distributors for all major parts from companies like Briggs and Stratton and Hydro Gear. With our custom frames and assembly done in house, savings can be passed directly to our customers. Building the RCZT with American made products will ensure when parts finally wear out the customer will not be left waiting weeks for replacement parts.

Please Consider backing our project so that the RCZT can become a reality!

NEWS Coverage on RCZT (ARC Equipment)

http://www.wvva.com/story/31541092/2016/03/22/senator-capito-visits-bluefield-commercialization-center?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_courtdavis_WVVA

Risks and challenges

We already have a working prototype of the Radio Controlled Zero-Turn Tractor so manufacturing more won't be a problem. This is, however, the prototype model and there are a number of improvements we would like to make to the final build to make this an even better product. We don't think these improvements will cause much issue and should not delay the production of the RCZT.

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