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Old 01-26-2010, 12:59 PM   #21
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Ah, yes. A 4x4 with low range would get the speed down where we need it.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:55 PM   #22
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I'd just give it to you...and some ear protection
I appreciate both thoughts!

Digging in my old garage, I see I have a golf cart axle complete with electric motor built right onto the differensial. Almost certainly DC, and probably 24 or 36 volts. Wonder if I could power that with my (super quiet Honda EU-1000) 900 watt generator? In other words, create a hybrid drivetrain. I have several deep cycle batteries to throw in the mix. Hmmm... I have a 36 Volt charger that came with those deep cycle batteries. I may be onto something! (This is called brainstorming. LOL)

Edit, update: the golf cart motor is 36 volt.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:10 PM   #23
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The main reason for my original Big Thumper idea, is to avoid what I consider annoying high-pitched noise from small cylinders and high RPMs. But the Honda EU generators are so quiet that I don't care what's inside that lovely red "lunch-box"!

Now.... I also have a giant AC motor that... from what I can understand, should be possible to run on 110. But I have no control apparatus for that either.

So we'll keep brainstorming, and by August we shall have a Studio Grand Piano that goes up to 5 MPH and has a stripper pole on top.
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Some of my pals are making their own plans for this piano:



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I like your electric drive idea with the honda generator, with your bicycle knowledge and parts and some kind of transmission and motor assembly , washing machine comes to mind, you should have no trouble transporting strippers on the piano bar
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The ideas just keep popping up! Washing machine...? How about a swamp cooler motor? Only 1/4 or 1/3 HP, but I used one to run a 12 foot diameter Ferris Wheel. With huge downgearing by chain, it might work? Advantage to low power motor with deep gearing is that I can just throw a switch on and off -- no need to modulate the "throttle".

Best is probably to design the chassis so several kinds of power can be swapped in. Chain drive makes that easy.
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washing machine should be only 1/4 or 1/3 hp, with the trans having some sort of fwd/rev on the agitator and a large dia pulley on the drum, plus whatever bicycle reductions you use slow should be easy. another thought look for a right angle gear reducer, the worm and ring types run in the 50/1 reduction range.
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Problem with so little power and corresponding reduction, is that the top speed would probably be a snails crawl, and we do want to get up to near 5 MPH, as "Black Rock City" is two or three miles across. But it is fun -- and sometimes productive -- to explore all the options.
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18 speed transmission spin cycle should move along for high gear, use some bike derailers for gear changes

how about a riding lawnmower transaxle with belt driven electric motor
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I've got a 10 horse B&S off of an old McCulloch generator...can't say it will sound nice though
My ears hurt just thinking the words "Briggs & Stratton".

But if you are serious about parting with it, we ought to discuss it -- price, location, and details of the engine for starters.
The newer Briggs 5-7.5HP single-cylinder "Quantum" engines aren't that loud...I bet a compact-car muffler from a junkyard would really quiet one down.
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