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From: "Brian Kraack" <bkraack-at-siscom.net>
Subject: Re: Calling Will Montgomery
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2003 00:31:39 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

I'm sold ...

Frank - how long is one track on your Tiger?  I haven't quite got that far,
so I'd like to use your track length as a base point for how much track to
get from Will.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank Pittelli" <frank-at-pittelli.com>
To: <tanks-at-rctankcombat.com>
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 11:30 PM
Subject: Re: Calling Will Montgomery

> Will Montgomery wrote:
> >
> > The chain has almost no side flex. Some there will no problem with
> > throwing a tread. The only problem is to keep your fingers away from it
> > while it's running.
> >
> Will is *not* under-stating the reliability of the roller chain track
> ... it is built like a tank (no pun intended).  It is practically
> impossible to damage it and there appears to be no way that it will come
> off of the sprocket in normal operation.  In fact, it is hard enough to
> remove after all of the tension has been released from the drive wheels.
> Although I invented the bicycle track approach when I started building
> my Tiger, and feel obligated to keep using it on that vehicle for
> tradition's sake, I am fairly certain that the next tracked vehicle that
> I build will be using the roller chain. What you lose in increased
> weight is easily made up for by increased reliability and performance.
> Frank P.