I've tried the rubber band traction fix as a temporary solution, but the rubber bands do not stay on the wheels
Neato wheels are 3 inches diameter.
Replacing the treads on Neato wheels various ways is discussed in thread http://www.robotreviews.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=17228&p=117712#p117681
(as indexed in the Mods & Repairs list top of main forum page).
It took some years before individual wheels for the old XV series appeared on ebay
, and the Botvac
is not as old.
You can replace the tread on your existing wheels with alternative material, while destroying the existing tread; they are molded onto the wheel.
Unlike the XV, the Botvac
wheel can be made only with a 3D printer, if even then, because the inside rim is toothed as a planetary drive gear meshed with a pinion on the motor (contrary to a drive axle). Combines gearing with the wheel for simplicity.
The only bot I've found to navigate slick carpet without modification is the Powerbot with 4 inch, more viscous, wheels. The forthcoming Third Degree has been claimed to have superior traction as well.
it is frequently getting stuck at transitions, or sometimes just near the wall on the carpet.
This can be a problem of slick carpet more than wheels, which can sometimes be handled on Neato's with a "carpet slider" cardboard lift on the bottom (see mods & repairs list).