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All kits ship for FREE to US customers
All kits ship for FREE to US customers

Say Hello to FarmBot Express

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FarmBot Express

Expected to ship late 2019

Designed from the ground up, FarmBot Express and Express XL are our most affordable and easy-to-use FarmBots yet.

Features and Functions


FarmBot Express and Express XL kits ship 95% pre-assembled in a single box with all assembly tools included. This makes setup a breeze, even for non-technical people.


The all-new Farmduino Express board features Trinamic TMC2130 stepper drivers with built-in stall detection, while the Raspberry Pi Zero W serves as the web-connected brain.

3-in-1 Tool Head

By combining the seeding, watering, and weed supression functions of FarmBot into a unified tool head, we were able to significantly reduce cost and complexity.

Available in standard and XL sizes

All kits ship for FREE to US customers

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Setup takes just one hour


Expected to ship late 2019

Tech Specs


Express v1.0

Express XL v1.0

Max machine area 1.2m x 3m 2.4m x 6m
Max service area 1.1m x 2.7m 2.3m x 5.7m
Max machine height 1.5m 1.5m
Max plant height 0.5m 0.5m
Raised bed interface Rolls directly on wood Rolls directly on wood
Percent pre-assembled 95% 95%
Time to assemble 1 hour 1 hour
Extrusions Silver anodized aluminum Silver anodized aluminum
Plates Silver anodized aluminum Silver anodized aluminum
Plastic parts UV stabilized gray ABS UV stabilized gray ABS
Hardware Stainless steel and aluminum Stainless steel and aluminum
Tool head 3-in-1 tool head 3-in-1 tool head
Interchangeable tooling No No
Seeder Integrated into tool head Integrated into tool head
Watering nozzle Integrated into tool head Integrated into tool head
Weeder Integrated into tool head Integrated into tool head
Soil moisture sensor None None
Soil temperature sensor None None
Custom tool support None None
Camera IP67 rainproof USB Camera IP67 rainproof USB Camera
Seed containers 2x seed troughs 2x seed troughs
Tool and seed slots 1x gantry seed trough holster 1x gantry seed trough holster
Computer Raspberry Pi Zero W Raspberry Pi Zero W
Real-time clock Yes Yes
Microcontroller Farmduino Express v1.0 Farmduino Express v1.0
Stepper drivers 4x TMC2130 integrated chips 4x TMC2130 integrated chips
Motors 4x NEMA 17 stepper motors 4x NEMA 17 stepper motors
Rotary encoders None None
Stall detection Yes, via driver chips Yes, via driver chips
Closed-loop positioning No No
Solenoid valve 24V, normally closed 24V, normally closed
Vacuum 24V, diaphragm pump 24V, diaphragm pump
LED light strip Included, 1.2m length Included, 2.4m length
Extra peripheral plugs None None
Push buttons E-stop E-stop
LED indicators None None
Power supply 150W, IP67 waterproof 150W, IP67 waterproof
Input voltage 110 to 220V AC 110 to 220V AC


You control and configure FarmBot using the free FarmBot web application at We expect to indefinitely offer free service adequate for home growing needs, though we may charge for commercial or industrial FarmBot usage, for FarmBots larger than 3m x 6m in area, and/or for FarmBots growing large numbers of plants concurrently. You can always host the software on your own server if you do not want to use our service.


We’re committed to providing you with the highest quality product. As we continue to develop FarmBot hardware and software, we will make changes. The final product that we ship to you may be different than the one shown in our videos, photos, documentation, and as described on our websites. If anything is damaged or defective, we will replace the parts free of charge within 30 days of delivery of the product. See our limited warranty for more information.

What you need to provide

Planter Bed

All FarmBots must be mounted to a raised bed or similar infrastructure. Neither materials for the bed nor soil are included with the kits because every installation will be different, and shipping lumber and soil would be prohibitively expensive.


FarmBot must be plugged into a 110 or 220V outlet. The 30cm (1ft) power cord comes with a standard US 3-prong plug. You must connect this to your own extension cord if needed. Customers outside the US: you must provide a plug adapter if needed.


FarmBot's water system has a 3/4″ female Garden Hose Thread (GHT) connection, meaning you can take a standard US garden hose and screw it into your FarmBot. You will need to provide a hose of the appropriate length.


FarmBot can only be controlled using the web app, so an internet connection is required. The Raspberry Pi has built-in WiFi, though you may need to reposition your WiFi router or install a repeater to ensure a reliable connection.