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Uses for 1/50 hp Motor

Discussion in 'ELECTRICAL ISSUES - POWER YOUR MACHINES & SHOP' started by Susan_in_SF, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. Susan_in_SF

    Susan_in_SF United States Iron Registered Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    I made the mistake of buying off ebay a dc motor speed controller for my lathe without double checking what hp the controller was rated for. It arrived today, and now I see it is rated for only 1/50 hp. Can someone kindly tell me what shop equipment uses only 1/50hp? I now have to decide if I will sell this controller online, or by a 1/50hp motor.

    Thanks in advance. This group is awesome for experienced advice :)

    Susan
     
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    practical uses:
    well with 1/50 hp motor, you could make a sharpening device for woodworking tools and use the motor as a powerplant
    possibly design and build an automatic pet feeder...
    as a drive motor for a pellet stove/BBQ pellet feed system

    just plain goofy uses:
    a variable speed disco ball turner
    a Rube Goldberg egg frying device
    playing card shuffler
    playing card dealer
    shoe buffer
     
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    What is the type and specs for the controller ??? I might be interested if you decide to sell.
    It could be useful for some sort of small DC motor as a servo type drive for a quill downfeed or similar application.
     
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    IIRC, household sewing machines have something like 1/50 HP AC motors. So think of something about as powerful as a sewing machine. Or maybe think of what you can power with a DC motor about the size of your fist.

    A "sensitive" drill press (say for ⅛" to #60 bits) comes to mind. I've seen a couple built by hobby machinists, and they're quite nice. Back in the days of through-hole component PC boards, one of these would have been the cat's meow.
     
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    Let us know before you buy electrical/mechanical goodies, we can advise on possible compatibility issues
    Mark S.
     
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    Pencil sharpener...
     
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