Garbage Truck is a 40% keyboard inspired by the Cherry 1800 layout.
The first round of 30 Garbage Trucks were sold as part of a group buy in January 2021. Kits included the top and bottom case pieces, the PCB, an FR4 plate that supports all layouts, a rotary encoder, a solid titanium knob, case screws, and cork feet.
Garbage Truck is an 1800-style 40% keyboard (jokingly referred to as a 1400 layout) - meaning it is a 4-row layout with a detached arrow key cluster and numpad. It was first teased as a drawing in a photo of a Minivan posted in the gallery section of TheVanKeyboards.com. The most notable features of Garbage Truck include the large encoder knob above the detached arrow cluster, the separated numpad on the right hand side, and the exclusion of the traditional "Minivan" 1.75u Backspace key. The "alphas" section of the board is 13u wide (versus the 12.75u wide Minivan layout), allowing for the swap from 1.75u Backspace to a split 1u Backspace layout. 2u Backspace support is not included, though it can be achieved with a 2u POS-spaced keycap. The extended design also allows for a wider 1.75u Enter key (vs 1.5u on Minivan) and the addition of a 1.25u right Shift key. Three 3mm through-hole LEDs are located between the arrow cluatwr and the knob.
Firmware for the board can be generated using the Configurator
KLE available here: http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/#/gists/69d2d466935415615dae3785b49f24a8
Garbage Truck supports three layouts, though two of them are just alternate placements for a 7u spacebar.
All switches are oriented in the south-facing position. None of the switch locations include through-hole or surface mount LEDs so per-key lighting is not an option. There are three through-hole indicators located between the encoder knob and the arrow cluster. The PCB includes a grounding wire that attaches to a screw in the metal top case that improves ESD protection. The USB port is located above the encoder knob. Four extra pins from the MCU are broken out between the indicator LEDs and encoder knob to support adding RGB LED strips.
Only two prototype PCBs were produced. They are covered in a red solder mask and have the name of the board written in white script across the underside of the alphas cluster.
PCBs included with the first group buy are covered in a green soldermask with white silkscreen. The front of the board includes the trash bag logo with the text "Trash Man approved! 100% garbage".
gORTHage Truck is a drop-in ortholinear replacement PCB for Garbage Truck cases that offers several unique layouts as well as split spacebar support. It is currently still in the design phase and prototypes have not been ordered. The
#gorthage-truck IC channel is currently active on the 40% Keyboards Discord server.
The case for Garbage Truck uses a top mount design with the plate screwed into the underside of the top case piece using six tabs located on the top and bottom edges of the plate. The angled bottom piece provides a comfortable 4-degree typing incline. The large encoder knob is made of machined titanium.
A DXF plate file is available on the Files page.
Two prototype cases were produced for Garbage Truck. The first includes a gray anodized aluminum top with a clear machined acrylic bottom. The second is a milled UHMWPE top with gray anodized aluminum bottom.
The first production cases for the round 1 group buy are made from black anodized CNC-milled aluminum. Aluminum was chosen to replace the milled acrylic bottom piece found on the prototype because the acrylic proved difficult to machine and finish with consistency across such a large piece.