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[DPRG] Looking for DC Geared Motor for Jack-in-a-Box

Subject: [DPRG] Looking for DC Geared Motor for Jack-in-a-Box
From: chris cbrenizer at socket.net
Date: Sun Oct 26 11:03:00 CST 2003

garage door openers have more than enough heft and are slowed down.  they
some times show up at thrift stores without the remotes.  all the motor
electronics are there.

but i'm fairly sure they'd not 'free-wheel' to let jack pop up.  as a matter
of fact they are probably designed not to, so the garage door doesn't crash

you'd probably have to mechanically release a winch for one to work.

or modify the garage door manual release, as well as the length.

----- Original Message -----
>From: "Kipton Moravec" <kip at kdream.com>
To: "DPRG List" <dprglist at dprg.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 9:54 AM
Subject: [DPRG] Looking for DC Geared Motor for Jack-in-a-Box

> I am looking for a hefty DC geared motor.   My father-in-law wants to
> a big jack-in-the-box for a lawn Christmas ornament.  We are looking at a
> 4'x4'x4' box The head would pop out another 4 feet or so.  This will give
> you an idea of size.
> I am trying to figure out how to mechanically build it, and decided to use
> a motor to pull it down and let it pop up by winding and unwinding a
> cable.  I will try to balance it by using a lever with counter weights,
> it will still need a heavier motor than what I normally use for our
> robots.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Surplus (e.g. low cost) would
> be great!
> Kip
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