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Hello fellow haunters.
this is my first post here but definitely wont be my last.

I am desperately trying to find a suitable motor for my very first FCG.

My purposes are low-demand, this will only be running for 1 or 2 nights. I don't have a full scale haunt, just a yard setup and a party.

I don't want to spend $50 on the one from monster guts. I was hoping to find the one that "jeff" used from all electronics described here: JeffSpace: Halloween

unfortunately all electronics no longer carries anything like that motor pictured [at least I don't believe so after looking through their page: http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/category/400400/Motors/DC-Gear-Motors/1.html]

I know I could always pick up a rotisserie motor, but if I could find something a little better that would be awesome.

anyone have any ideas? I actually have a rotisserie motor laying around, but theres a few other props that I want to motor-ise as well I think... I am doing a haunted hotel theme [mainly for the inside party] and I would like to set up a swinging chandelier. Anyway, any tips or leads would be awesome.

thanks.
 

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rotisserie motors are your best bet. I have built a ton of FCG's in the past with that type of motor. They are powerful and most important WATERPROOF...
 

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I have 2 rotisserie motors here but I really think they are to slow for a FCG. If you are interested in them send me a PM. I paid $7ea for them!
 

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The rotisserie motors I used were 5rpm which is around the norm for FCGs. I guess it depends on the model but you can always verify it before buying.
 

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I think these motors are about 2 RPMs....I picked them up thinking I could use them and then saw the speed. Now, they are just sitting there......
 

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I know it is more money but the monster guts motor is very strong and long lasting. I have the dayton motor in mine but have heard from others about the monster guts motor wich is very similar to the dayton.
 

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thanks for the advice so far folks... being that I need 3 or 4 motors [depending on weather I decide to use my rotisserie motor or not], I just can't afford the dayton or the one monster guts sells.

I ended up starting 2 threads, because one didn't show up for a while, so here's a link to my other thread with some other ideas/stuff http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/80140-fcg-motor-advice.html


I was going through the phantasmechanics site and they actually recommend a motor that I was already looking at and highly considering - 6 RPM GEARHEAD MOTOR | AllElectronics.com

Can anyone tell me if I get a 12v power inverter that plugs into the wall, can I just wire that directly to the motor? [I would probably put a switch on the wire] will that work right?

thanks for all the info so far, hopefully I can complete the props I plan on without breaking the bank... I can always upgrade the motors later.

P.S. To the guy who suggested the disco ball motor... I tried that already and there is no where near enough torque. Its great for turning things on an axis, but not turning a crank. If you got it to work somehow, props to you... maybe you found a freak motor or something. lol.
 

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That should work fine if you're talking about the motor that runs at 12 volts DC.
Ane yes, just wire it directly to the motor wires. And add a switch too if desired. If you want the DC motor to spin in the opposite direction just reverse the wires.
Even this adapter will work fine:
Heavy Duty 12VDC 500ma Adapter-The Electronic Goldmine

The more milliamps you can get from the power adapter, the better.
 

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Reindeer motors work GREAT and they last forever. (I did have one that broke once, but I had WAY too much weight on it). You can find them after Christmas for a great price, or if you shop thrift stores you can sometimes find them. You can also purchase them online for about $10, but I don't have the link handy.

The nice part is, you can just plug it in.
 

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P.S. To the guy who suggested the disco ball motor... I tried that already and there is no where near enough torque. Its great for turning things on an axis, but not turning a crank. If you got it to work somehow, props to you... maybe you found a freak motor or something. lol.
How far out you put your horizontal rod plays a big part in it.
 

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That should work fine if you're talking about the motor that runs at 12 volts DC.
Ane yes, just wire it directly to the motor wires. And add a switch too if desired. If you want the DC motor to spin in the opposite direction just reverse the wires.
Even this adapter will work fine:
Heavy Duty 12VDC 500ma Adapter-The Electronic Goldmine

The more milliamps you can get from the power adapter, the better.
I am torn between the gearhead motor:
6VDC 3RPM Gearhead Motor-The Electronic Goldmine
and the one you suggested:
SALE! Super Power 12VDC Gear Motor-The Electronic Goldmine

Could you maybe describe how you built your cranks for the motor you suggested? I am a little weary of the plastic mounting/supports on that one, but then again I don't plan on using anything that heavy that it needs to push against.

I am glad you pointed these out, weather its $6 a motor or $12, both will be cost effective and take care of my needs.

I am excited for when i get these ordered and get them to the hardware store to build stuff! heh.
 

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I make my cranks out of the half inch wide, 1/8" thick flat aluminum stock from Lowe's. As far as attaching the crank to the motor, just use a 1/4" diameter, half inch long #20 thread screw. Hold the outer shaft with pliers and use a screwdriver to turn the screw into the hole. Try to turn the screw in as straight as possible. You are basically tapping the hole for the screw as you screw it in. Then take the screw out, add a 1/4 inch lock washer, add your crank and screw it back in tight.
If you look in the tutorial thread section of this forum and click on "Group prop Building" thread. Look at the tutorial for Project #1 for the Tombstone Peeper I wrote up and it has a description and pics of this process of getting the motor crank attached.
Also those motors are only on sale until the end of August!! Fell free to PM me with questions!
 

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well daveinthegrave, I think you have convinced me. I didn't realize you could screw right into the gear, I didn't notice that it was hollow.

I also think I may make one of those grave bobbers as well. I have always wanted to do something like that.
 
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