How much does your Axworthy Ghost weigh? I am in the testing stage of my project and my current Ghost (Yet to Test) weighs 4lb 12oz. I would just like to get an idea of a weight range from successful displays.
a sewing machine motor probably is not designed for continuous duty. People sew in spurts and the motor has time to cool down. If the load of your bike wheel with everything attached is more than it saw when it was in a sewing machine you may have issues. I had a problem with an axeworthy ghost motor overheating too. I had to attach a computer type fan to it pointing at it to cool it down and that helped but it still got really hot.My axworthy ghost is right about two pounds including the batteries for the led eyes and UV LEDs for glow. I however, have a problem I can't figure out. My motor keeps overheating, slows down the axworthy, then completely stops moving. I am using a sewing machine motor that spins a bike wheel. The bearings are good and the wheel spins easily, so why do I smoke my motor so easily? When it runs (about three minutes) it looks good... Any ideas guys/gals? http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ1re80fnjY
Beg to differ CC, but I tried a ceiling fan and it worked fine as far as torque was concerned. What caused me to finally give up was I couldn't slow it down enough to get the ghost speed I wanted, even on the lowest speed setting. I wanted to bolt the directly pulley directly to the fan and not mess around with gears. I tried a few different speed controls and couldn't get them to work.Glowplug: A ceiling fan motor won't do a darn thing for you. VERY low torque, which you can easily see by putting you hand in front of the fan BEFORE you turn it on... you'll stop it dead in its tracks.