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Solar Charged Remote Control Electric Lawn Mower 2012-05-25

I, Robert Steve Smith, have put together a series of videos below that will show you how to create a Solar Charged Remote Control Electric Lawn Mower (SCRCELM).

There are a total of 14 videos below that will explain my process used in detail, such as what parts to order, how to hook up components, advice, and more. Below the videos, I have put a general list of all the components and tools you will need for this project.

Project Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Important Files:


- Google Sketchup (SCRCELM) 3D Model Drawing

Diagrams & Schematics:

-Solar Charged RC Electric Lawn Mower Schematic
-Connecting two 12v Batteries In Series To Produce 24v

Resources & Templates:

-Electronic Box Interface Template
-Sabertooth 2X25 Dip Switch Wizard

How-To Videos:


Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

Part 6:

Part 7:

Part 8:

Part 9:

Part 10:

Part 11:

Part 12:

Part 13:

List of Parts (You can find the more detailed version at my website):

Frame & Body:
[*]Steelworks Aluminum Flat 1/8 x 2 x 8′ (Quantity may vary)
Steelworks Aluminum Flat 1/8 x 1-1/2 x 8′ (Quantity may vary)
Steelworks Aluminum Flat 1/8 x 1 x 8′ (Quantity may vary)
Steelworks Aluminum Angle 1/8 x 1-1/2 x 8′ (Quantity may vary)
Steelworks Aluminum Angle 1/8 x 1 x 8′ (Quantity may vary)
HM 5/16 – 18 x 1 Hex Bolt (100 pack)
Stop Nuts Nylon Insert 5/16 – 18 (100 pack)
HM 5/16 – 18 x 1 1/2 Hex Bolt
HM 5/16 – 1/2 Hex Bolt
Nylon MS BH/Slot 1/4-20 x 1
Nylon Hex Nuts 1/4-20
5/16 Drill Bit
Multiuse Lube WD40

Electric Wheelchair Related Components:

Electric Wheelchair Motors
Sabertooth 2X25 Dual Motor Driver
DX5e DSMX 5-Channel Transmitter/Receiver
Male Servo Connector
9-18VDC Hobby Motor
2x NOCO Group U1 Battery Box
2x 13×5.00-6 Carlisle Tire Split Rim
The Hillman Group 5/16″ x 2″ Zinc Plated Fine-Thread Hex Bolt
Hitachi 13/32″ Drill Bit
Flat Washers 5/16 – Box Set
2x UB12350 Group U1 Battery
24v Battery Charger
20-Ft. UL-Recognized Red Hookup Wire (12AWG)
20-Ft. UL-Recognized Black Hookup Wire (12AWG)

Lawn Mower Related Components:

Black & Decker CM1836 Electric Lawn
1x 1N4007 1A 1000V Rectifier Diode
36 Volt Continuous Duty Solenoid Relay
25A Solid State Relay SSR DC In DC Out
Heatsink for Solid State Relay
Heatsink Compound
In-line ACT Water-resistant Fuse Holder – 10 AWG
Heat Shrink Tubing

Microprocessor Related Components:

Parallax Board of Education
1x 9v Battery Clip

Solar Related Components:

1x Morningstar PS15 ProStar 15 Charge Controller (PS-15)
2x 12v 20 Watt Solar Panels
8x Z Style Flat Roof Mounting System (Brackets)
24v Power Inverter
Pan Head Slotted Screws 4-40 x 3/4
Hex Machine Nuts Stainless 4-40

Other Electric Components:

Dri-box Waterproof Outdoor Connection Enclosure
Cooler Master Computer Case 120mm Cooling Fan
SilverStone 120mm Fan Filter with Grill FF121B
Nylon Wing Nuts 1/4″-20
Nylon Mach Screw 1/4″ x 1-1/2″
Nylon Mach Screw 1/4″ x 1/2″
Nylon Hex Nut 1/4″-20
2x 25A DPDT Toggle Switch
1x 50A Toggle Switch (On-Off)
2x 36v Battery Voltmeter
2x SPST Rocker Switch
100A Busbar
Pwr Plug Sealed IP68
Pwr Jack Sealed IP68
Digital Multimeter

Recommended Tools & Machines:

Torque Wrench / Kit
Wrench / Kit
Band Saw
Belt Sander
Drill Press / Power Drill
Heavy Duty Spring Clamps

For more information regarding this project, please visit: RC-LawnMower.com
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