Y&T S-27 Robot Review

Review by Rich215

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The era of dual head robots has now been standardized by the onset of two new dual head robots (Oukei and Y&T). These robots just hit the market at the end of 2009. With their price points for such level of technology, these dual head robots will now be in the realm of affordability in comparison to a few other very high end robots and other dual head robots available today. Still, $1,500 to $2,000 USD is a lot of money to throw down on a robot for sure. But for what you get with that money now, it is very well worth the investment for the long run I believe.

 

Y&T’s latest offering of the S-27 robot is a departure from what they tried to developed in the 989G robot. The new dual head robot is a take off of the 989E robot but with 2 throwing heads. The S-27 does utilize 2 elements that the 989G did have, but they are different in some ways. The decent 30 pre-programmed sequences on the 989G that had varying spin types and landing spot depths are not used in the same way on the S-27. This is because of the control factors on the S-27 heads. The new dual head robot has reverted back to the 989E type design of manual head adjustments. The S-27 rotation spin angle and vertical angles (up and down), are manually set and not electronically set like the 989G robot. I was really hoping that the S-27 would use electronic control adjustments by the main control pad for these 2 key areas of head movement. It may possibly have been too much to implement properly on the 2 heads of the S-27 robot. Though the 989G robot has a lack of range in the vertical movement span of the head angle, (so limited downward in degrees of setting, that making service shots is all but impossible), the S-27 on the other hand does not have limits such as this.
 

The S-27 control pad functions are like a custom 989E robot in that Y&T made this robot with the same ability to quickly setup and use which the 989E and previous robots are well known for.  It is not hard to figure out the control functions and start hitting balls at will.  The very well laid out S-27 control pad also has the ability to still control each of the 4 throwing wheels separately. The throwing wheel motors also seem to be faster than the previous ones used in any Y&T robot I have used. This upgrade made me pretty happy to see.  The motors will create ball speeds that are more than enough to create various smashes and fast loop drives, but also slow enough to create slower balls with all the various spin types as well.

Each head has separate wheel speed settings for “Top-wheel Speed”, and “Bottom-wheel Speed” settings. This is a nice feature Y&T kept in the design of the control pad. Under the 2 wheel speed settings on each heads, are the “Ball Counter” settings. Both heads can be set to make any amount of balls from 1-9 shot out before the other head makes a shot. For instance, if you want head #1 to shot out 2 back spin balls and then head #2 to shoot out 3 top spin balls, you set head #1 ball counter to 2 and head #2 ball counter to 3.  If you want 1 ball only from each head back and forth, set both ball counters to 1.  You can also just use one head at a time by setting the head you want to use only, to – (infinity).  This will then make only that head shot balls out.

 

The length of the throwing wheel motor cans where shortened to help accommodate this situation of positioning the heads at various rotation angles.  The picture below shows the distance is still close in other positions head rotation settings. With one head set to full 90 degrees and both the heads on the same vertical plane or only a few degrees different, you may not get one head to go to perfect 0 degrees. But even with this situation, it is not much of a problem to make so many different variables of balls thrown to make using the robot a very in depth experience compared to most any single head robot. Just as Y&T uses their long lasting (rated 5000 hrs. +) all rubber throwing wheels on all their previous robots, the S-27 continues to use the same ones.  These wheels are the best quality throwing wheels in the business!

When you are not looking at the control pad, it is not hard to tell if you left the robot power on or off with the above indicator on the robot base. Although this will depend on if you are looking at the lighted side of the robot base. The inspection door side of the robot has no such light indicators of the robot being powered on.  But even so, the control pad lights will give you the indication that you left the robot on when you get interrupted from your intense training drills with an untimely phone call per say. You just have to return back to the table after talking it up with your buddies about how cool your new robot is, and also how much more skill you will be developing so quickly to humble them at your next hitting session or match with them!

There is something about the dual head robot that makes using it much different than a single head robot.  Even though the FQJ-4 and a few other robots I have used will in some way throw a spin change from one ball to the next, receiving this type of sequence from a dual head robot is much different. Even though you can watch and anticipate landing spots of balls from any robot that the entire head oscillates, balls coming at you from a dual head oscillation movement makes the anticipation aspect less. This is   because of the fact that you’re looking at 2 shooting heads interchanging from ball to ball with different spins and speeds, provided you set them up that way.