Where the motors may come from
I have started to research where I will get the resources from to build my own machines. Our local tip has a tip shop and I went down there today for a poke around. I believe that I will be able to get a lot of the items from there.
Motors however, are a different matter. There wasn’t anything remotely motor looking at the tip shop, so I suspect that I will have to buy old machines and pull them apart to get the motors.
Can people suggest the types of machines that I need to look for that would have the types of motors that I will need.
I believe that kind of motors are hard to find from salvage/junk yards, you might consider using car starters, washing machine motors, but not sure if they would work.
From what I’ve seen, anything that spins can be used to power the shredder. My shredder will be bicycle powered. If you wanted to use washing machine motor I think that would work great. All you will need to do is experiment with different pulley rations. A trip to the salvage yard should produce a verity of pulleys and a serpentine belt from the front of en engine. use the verity to find the most suitable reduction to drive the shedder slowly. A reduction can be achieved by having a small drive side pulley and a larger driven side pulley. the larger difference in size the greater the reduction.
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