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  • Rover5 - iso low
    Rover5 - iso low
  • Rover 5 - side high
    Rover 5 - side high
  • Rover 5 - side low
    Rover 5 - side low
  • ROVER 5 drawing
    ROVER 5 drawing
  • Gearbox encoder
    Gearbox encoder
  • ROV5 6WD wheels1
    ROV5 6WD wheels1
  • Rover 5 with Dagu Wheels
    Rover 5 with Dagu Wheels
  • Rover5 with mecanum wheels
    Rover5 with mecanum wheels

Dagu Rover 5 Tracked Chassis with Encoders - 2 Wheel Drive

Code: MEC-30094

The strongly made Rover 5 tracked chassis from Dagu Electronics is an excellent base for tank style robots. A unique design allows the tread height to be adjusted for extra clearance. Independant motors for each wheel include quadrature encoders for precise control. This version has 2 motors with encoders - one motor per rear wheel.


 Rover5 with macanum wheelsRover 5 is a new breed of tracked robot chassis designed specifically for students and hobbyist. Unlike conventional tracked chassis’s the clearance can be adjusted by rotating the gearboxes in 5-degree increments. “Stretchy” rubber treads maintain tension as the clearance is raised.

Each gearbox has an 87:1 ratio includes an optical quadrature encoder that gives 1000 pulses over 3 revolutions of the output shaft.  

Inside of the chassis are 4 noise suppression coils at the bottom and a battery holder that accepts 6x AA batteries. It is recommended to use NiMh batteries as they last longer and have a higher current output than Alkaline batteries.

Expanding the chassis

The quickest way to get the 2WD Rover chassis moving is with the Dagu Rover 5 Explorer PCB. This includes motor drivers, voltage regulators, encoder support and lots of places to plug in servos and sensors.

Dagu Rover 5 Explorer

Dagu Rover 5 Explorer


The RP5 expansion plates from Pololu are also compatible with the Rover chassis. Both wide and narrow plates fit giving lots of space to add things on top.

Rover 5 with Pololu expansion plate and Orangutan Controller

Rover 5 with Pololu expansion plate and Orangutan Controller

We also stock the Dagu 4 Channel Motor controller that was designed for use with the Rover 5





Motor rated voltage: 7.2V
Motor stall current: 2.5A
Output shaft stall torque: 10Kg/cm
Gearbox ratio: 86.8:1
Encoder type: Quadrature
Encoder resolution: 1000 state changes per 3 wheel rotations
Speed: 1Km/hr ~25 cm / second

Rover5 Dimensions


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