Hoping somebody could help me understand what I would need here. I'm just looking at using 2 somfy tube motors for automated side masking. Trying to stay as low cost as possible. 3 programmed stops would be fine. If I go with the IR version can I control both motors with one remote or do I need another controller? What's the advantage of the RTS versions?
Basically I just want remote control to operate both motors simultaneously with 2-3 programmed stops.
As I got more and more into it, I kept running into more and more problems that needed figuring out. I was also trying to keep costs down, so I wanted a solution that only used 1 motor. So I ended up using Springs to bring it back open. I ordered that Somfy motor, but in the end it wasn't strong enough for me. because as it closed the tension built up in the springs and the one little motor couldn't handle it. I first switched to a winch that i got for a proof of concept then ended up getting a track motor from these guys:
Thanks Moggie. Your build is insanely nice and is what actually inspired me to try something similar. I don't have the tools,skills,time to pull off something as brilliant as that I was hoping to pull of the "motorized masking for dummies" version. Do you have any feedback on the above linked motor? Could I control both with one remote? I've also been wrestling with different track ideas, I think a key component to your design is smooth tracks
The motor spec for the 12v LT30 claims 10lb capacity using the narrower 1.25" tubing which should be fine. I think using it with a 2" tube (6lb capacity) would be a little weak. I will say that my LT50 motors have way more torque than I need.