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Hi! Now I see just about everyone uses wiper motors for moving but are there any other simpler, cheaper motors I could use? Especially battery powered or just direct plug into an outlet? I'm not much of an electrician. So far I've used Rotating fans and power drills to provide movement. I'm looking for something to make heads look side to side and arms raise and lower.
 

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These motors work great for small props and they reverse themselves when stopped (aka reindeer motors) They run off 120 volt house voltage:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-6RPM-Robust-Synchronous-Motor-TYD-50-AC110V-Torque-6Kgf-cm-4W-CW-CCW-NEW-/151808233046?hash=item235879ce56

I use these for larger props. I run them at 12volts, DC to get 1/2 speed (about 23 RPM):

http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/dcm-351/24-vdc-gear-motor-w/turntable/1.html

These motors might be useful also:

http://www.skycraftsurplus.com/12vdcvendingmachinegearboxmotor.aspx

http://www.skycraftsurplus.com/dcmotorvendingmachinemotor.aspx
 

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Hey Dave. Thanks for the links. Happy to see that second one ships to Canada.

For the clueless...Do you mind me asking which props you used the allectronics motor for? And what do you need to do to get it going? Wire it up to a 12v battery? If you have any further info or resources it'd be appreciated. (Anyone else who wants to jump in and educated the technically challenged is more than welcome).


JackTheHaunter, I've used reindeer motors from Kindey's for props like tombstone peepers and to make heads turn. You need to keep the weight fairly light - if they run into too much resistance they can basically just start reversing constantly, which is super-frustrating. But with a little ingenuity and patience you can get some pretty nice movement. The ones Kindey's currently sell also come with really short cranks so you need to extend them somehow (I basically screwed an aluminum shaft onto the existing plastic, but it's not terribly strong.)

Here's some videos of things I've done with the Reindeer Motors.
reaper
Peeper in stereo
Beetlejuice

I know Dave has done a beautiful animated Ouija board with them before as well.
 

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Hey Dave. Thanks for the links. Happy to see that second one ships to Canada.

For the clueless...Do you mind me asking which props you used the allectronics motor for? And what do you need to do to get it going? Wire it up to a 12v battery? If you have any further info or resources it'd be appreciated. .
Thanks, Gobby! Happy to help.
I think Surplus Center also carries that same motor:

http://www.surpluscenter.com/Electric-Motors/DC-Gearmotors/DC-Gearmotors/45-RPM-24-VDC-MOLON-GEARMOTOR-5-1257.axd

I use this same motor (at 1/2 speed) for my Swinging Skeleton. He's been going strong for about 9 years now.



I used one to make this Flying Witch Rotater for another haunter. (This was a test for it in my garage.)



I also used it to make this Lunging Hand prop:



I've used this motor for other things, just can't remember offhand what for. I just use 12 volt Dc wall warts, preferable with an amperage rating of 500 milliamps or more. These can be ordered from most surplus places. I guess a 12 volt battery would run it also. I've always plugged my props in to house power.
Electronic Goldmine is another great source for motors and such.
 

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I use outdoor grill rotisserie motors. I've found both electric and battery powered versions at yard sales, usually under $5.00. Powered a rocking chair and Flying Crank Ghost.

BTW Dave, your skeleton looks like he's having a lot of fun on that swing. At least, he has a big smile on his face...
 

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I too have used rotisserie motors. However, some applications like the FCG need to have a motor that has the shaft protruding and attached. This is because the motor facing downward on this prop. Most of the rotisserie motors have a square hole to fit the barbecue spit which won't work for applications like the FCG or the cool Slender Man prop I'm working on now. I have only found one rotisserie motor in my searches that is built with the peg protruding. Anyways, if someone knows a good way to attach the other kind of motor for some like the FCG without fear of it coming down and hitting someone please let me know. Here is a pic of the motor I prefer for said applications, it is made for the Cyprus Grill.

 

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Hi Dave

As you know I'm starting to get into motorizing some of my own props. I do have a reindeer motor already for one prop. Do you know of any other motors that will go completely around, but not at the same cost as Monster Guts. I need something simple, or easy to wire up. I'm not mechanical at all. You've always been such a great help to me in the past.

Thanks, Shannon


These motors work great for small props and they reverse themselves when stopped (aka reindeer motors) They run off 120 volt house voltage:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-6RPM-Robust-Synchronous-Motor-TYD-50-AC110V-Torque-6Kgf-cm-4W-CW-CCW-NEW-/151808233046?hash=item235879ce56

I use these for larger props. I run them at 12volts, DC to get 1/2 speed (about 23 RPM):

http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/dcm-351/24-vdc-gear-motor-w/turntable/1.html

These motors might be useful also:

http://www.skycraftsurplus.com/12vdcvendingmachinegearboxmotor.aspx

http://www.skycraftsurplus.com/dcmotorvendingmachinemotor.aspx
 

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Hi Dave

As you know I'm starting to get into motorizing some of my own props. I do have a reindeer motor already for one prop. Do you know of any other motors that will go completely around, but not at the same cost as Monster Guts. I need something simple, or easy to wire up. I'm not mechanical at all. You've always been such a great help to me in the past.

Thanks, Shannon
You mean other than these ones I mentioned? I don't really know of any others offhand. Most motors are pretty simple to wire up. The hard part on most of them is figuring how to attach a crank to the motor shaft. You also need to figure out how fast you want it to go (RPM) and how much torque (pull) you need.

That's why I loved that old black vent motor. It ran at 6 RPM and had great torque. now, the reindeer motors and the ones like it I mentioned will reverse themselves if they over-torque. But, you can also use that to your advantage if want a back and forth movement (like a windshield wiper).

I'm always on the lookout for usable prop motors. If I run a cross any new ones, I'll let you know.

In the meantime, feel free to PM me if you need help hooking up a motor or getting the correct movement.
 

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Would an old flat bed scanner motor do for a backwards and forwards linear motion?
 

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I use uxcell 12vdc motors wired to12v power supplies. The motors can be bought on amazon for around $13 and come in every conceivable rpm. They are small and have incredible torque with well built gearboxes. The 12v power supplies can also be found at amazon for under $7. Pick up a 10 pack of power supply connectors for around $5.
 
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