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*They are also easier to implement into an invertible design than their vertical counterparts.
 
*They are also easier to implement into an invertible design than their vertical counterparts.
 
*Following the example of house robot Dead Metal or competitor Big Nipper, the horizontal pincers allow ample opportunity for a good weapon synergy.
 
*Following the example of house robot Dead Metal or competitor Big Nipper, the horizontal pincers allow ample opportunity for a good weapon synergy.
*Horizontal crushers can bite directly into the opponent's wheels, severely hampering robot's movement. [[Tough As Nails]] used this this to score easy victories over potent opponents like [[Disc-O-Inferno]] and [[Gravity]].
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*Horizontal crushers can bite directly into the opponent's wheels, severely hampering robot's movement. [[Tough As Nails]] used this to score easy victories over potent opponents like [[Disc-O-Inferno]] and [[Gravity]].
   
 
'''Disadvantages'''
 
'''Disadvantages'''
[[File:Kan_opener_vs_barbaric_response.JPG|thumb|Kan-Opener's crushers break whilst stuck in Barbaric Response.]]
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[[File:Kan opener vs barbaric response.JPG|thumb|Kan-Opener's crushers break whilst stuck in Barbaric Response.]]
 
*Horizontal crushers provide a gaping ground clearance for opponents to get underneath. [[Kan-Opener]]'s battle with [[Atomic]] was an example.
 
*Horizontal crushers provide a gaping ground clearance for opponents to get underneath. [[Kan-Opener]]'s battle with [[Atomic]] was an example.
 
*Horizontal crushers have trouble getting unstuck after piercing an opponent's armour. This cost Kan-Opener the melee in Series 6 when it got stuck into [[Demolition Man]] and couldn't evade the attacks of the other two robots, and again in its Series 7 melee when it spent most of the match stuck inside [[Barbaric Response]], which cost it the judges' decision.
 
*Horizontal crushers have trouble getting unstuck after piercing an opponent's armour. This cost Kan-Opener the melee in Series 6 when it got stuck into [[Demolition Man]] and couldn't evade the attacks of the other two robots, and again in its Series 7 melee when it spent most of the match stuck inside [[Barbaric Response]], which cost it the judges' decision.
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Revision as of 21:07, January 13, 2014

Tough As Nail pits Discoinferno

Tough As Nails disposes of Disc-O-Inferno using its trademark crusher

Horizontal Crushers are a prominent form of gripping weapon, but grip the sides of robots. The first robot to use this design was Milly-Ann Bug, and Scarab was the first competitor to use it as a piercing weapon. The more successful robots with this weapon included Tough As Nails and Kan-Opener.

Definition

  • A horizontal crusher uses two large claws or rods to crush or pierce the sides of robots.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Dead metal01

Dead Metal's effective weapons synergy

Atomickanopener

Atomic's easy defeat of Kan-Opener

Advantages

  • They are also easier to implement into an invertible design than their vertical counterparts.
  • Following the example of house robot Dead Metal or competitor Big Nipper, the horizontal pincers allow ample opportunity for a good weapon synergy.
  • Horizontal crushers can bite directly into the opponent's wheels, severely hampering robot's movement. Tough As Nails used this to score easy victories over potent opponents like Disc-O-Inferno and Gravity.

Disadvantages

Kan opener vs barbaric response

Kan-Opener's crushers break whilst stuck in Barbaric Response.

  • Horizontal crushers provide a gaping ground clearance for opponents to get underneath. Kan-Opener's battle with Atomic was an example.
  • Horizontal crushers have trouble getting unstuck after piercing an opponent's armour. This cost Kan-Opener the melee in Series 6 when it got stuck into Demolition Man and couldn't evade the attacks of the other two robots, and again in its Series 7 melee when it spent most of the match stuck inside Barbaric Response, which cost it the judges' decision.

List of Robots with Horizontal Crushers

Team scarab uk

Scarab was the first to use a horizontal crusher

Thermidor

Thermador was the first to have horizontal gripping weapons

Robots are listed alphabetically. Robots that are not heavyweight are listed with a green background. House robots are listed with a red background.

Robot Series Appearances with Horizontal Crushers Notes
4x4 Series 6
All Torque Series 3 (World Championship only) Added a small snowplough between the claws
Big Nipper Series 5, 7 Mounted the claws on a lifting arm.
Bot-Ugly US Season 1 Pincers moved in a straight line instead of an arc.
Dead Metal Series 1-7, Extreme 1-2
Infinity Series 6, Extreme 2
Kan-Opener Series 5-7, Extreme 2 Twice Annihilator champion
Katnip Extreme 2
Mechadroid US Season 2
Milly-Ann Bug Series 2 Two static beams attached to the front dome.
Monad Series 5
Scarab (Dutch) Dutch Series 2 Walkerbot
Scarab (UK) Series 3 First robot to use such a weapon.
Staglet Series 7
The Stag Series 6-7
Thermidor 2 Series 3-7, Extreme 1-2 Claws combined with flipper
Thor Series 6
Tough As Nails UK Series 7, Dutch Series 2 The only robot with a horizontal crusher as its primary weapon to reach a series semi-final.
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