I have been wondering about an all in one tool.
The tools so far:
- Seeder (current tool)
- Watering (current tool)
- Weeding (Current tool)
And the purposed ones are (feel free to add them or others in to be assimilated):
- Tiller (Air version)
- Fertilizing (via liquid fertilizer sucking from a bucket back to the reservoir)
- Reservoir (located after the air and water intakes but before the gantry)
- Water blowout system for cold weather storage. (in conjunction with the reservoir)
For the tools that have multiple imaginings I am choosing the ones I think work best for the all in one tool, not the cheapest, or coolest or most professional even. If you have a better idea on the ones I chose or a way of adding in one I did not choose please comment it in.
So to bring all of these together I think of the seeding tool but with a needle like 1/16"pipe hole through the center and a the tip that is meshed over. This would allow for the seeding and Air tilling to happen with the same tool and if there was a bracket the extended out and hand the weeding tool attached at center it could be there as well. It would pre-punch the hole for the seeds as well.
Around the outside of that center section of the tool would be a chamber that is attached to the water system so that it would flow around the center section and go to the three or so outlet holes.
The rest of the alterations would happen at the added reservoir. It would be a tank with two inlet lines from the water and air stations (the air one would be controlled by a powered valve and split from the main one that is going to the center of the tool) and one out to the water part of the tool. With the tank it would be able to act as a normal watering tool but also reverse suction and suck up a liquid fertilizer to be used and then refilled.
The blow out would be accomplished by switching the air feed into the water system
Configuring farmbot this way would allow integration of all tools into one (I think) and I would then use the tool holder to hold spares so that it can be switched out on the fly in case of failure while the user is away from the station.
I would really like this idea for anyone using a overhead, track power, rail system that might have two or three multi function arms working at once on a very large plot, with no power cables and possible wireless control. To do this the air compressor and added tank would have to be part of the gantry arm. And (as brought up in another thread) the water, fertilizer, or whatever could run in troughs beside the bed.
Note: the track power rail would be made more weather tight by having slightly overlapping rubber flaps that get parted by the moving gantry arm and fall back in place after.
This is all possible based off of what I have read in the threads if there are a bunch of holes in the idea I would be greatly interested in working them out. Okay for outdoors I think but freaking awesome in a 2 meter high green house type enclosure or a full sized green house.