Thanks everyone!!!Wow it is smooth and the vertical distance is very good. I'd appreciate some additional info on the build, as I built one two years ago but I had a number of problems with it. I couldn't keep the arms aligned and the connectors kept either tightening up or loosening depending on which direction the motion went.
I'd appreciate knowing what type of connectors you used. The dimensions of the arms and position of the fasteners to achieve that smooth movement.
I had the wiper motor as a side mount; thinking your design with it in the rear helps keep the arms aligned. Plus I used aluminum screen frame for the arms, maybe I needed larger material.
thanks for the video and inspiration to get mine working; I'd just about given up.
In this case I built that arm on the motor but you can easily buy one as well if you wanted to. Frightprops sells a few different arms for their motors. This one was easy to make I had a piece of aluminum flat bar and simply bent it using a large table vice and drilled a few holes in it. its not perfect the angles are a little off but it works well enough to do the job. the best advice i can give is to walk around lowes and home depot some time and just look at everything there and try to get ideas of how to make things work. also check out youtube as well. I often times look at wood working videos and take inspiration from them as thow to make foam props often the techniques are very similar. also never be afraid to try something worst case it doesnt work and you have to try again!Another great idea, looks good! For those of us (myself) that are completely mechanically challenged, the bar that you connect to the motor...do you bend it yourself or is it possible to purchase something like that to use? And do you just drill a bunch of holes hoping 1 is right or is there a basic hole measurement and hole size when you are using a wiper motor? I did a tombstone leerer a few years back using pvc and every Halloween without fail it comes apart on me Halloween night. The only other thing I've accomplished (actually my son helped) is a lifting coffin but got lucky with that one using a straight piece, metal L bracket, and a lot of swearing. I also have a cauldron creep all cut and painted that's been sitting in a box for 2 years now because I have so much trouble figuring out how to connect to the motor and no hubby to offer advice. I am completely ignorant when it comes to even simple mechanics. I'm thinking of a ship's wheel this year too and once again need to figure out this basic connection. Too bad there wasn't a Using motors for Halloween props for dummies! Would appreciate any advice you could offer. Thanks.
Thanks!!!!! That motor should be just fine really I dont see any difference in the normal wiper motors from one vendor to another. Plenty of people buy from monsterguts all the time without any issues!BIG ANT, amazing stuff there bro. Glad you shared, I am going to copy this and the dog house this year lol.
Hows this motor?