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    Feb 2007
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    puffer drywasher motor?????

    has anyone used a wiper motor to power a bellows style drywasher?
    do you need to use pulleys on it? can it be run with with a connecting rod from motor to bellows?
    thanks for your help, george

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    us
    Jun 2006
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    Re: puffer drywasher motor?????

    I used a motor from one of those 12V tire air compressors worked OK, just a little fast. Didn't want to bother re-doing it after I got a good deal on a gold duster. If you don't have any, I think I've still got the plans I used.
    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

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    Feb 2007
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    Re: puffer drywasher motor?????

    thanks for the info, i've got mine built ...
    the motor should be geared to about 20 rpm , right

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    us
    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
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    Re: puffer drywasher motor?????

    I think that's good. I only used mine a few times before I got rid of it. I just tried the pulleys I had in my junk bin until I found where the dirt looked like it was hopping down the tray the same as what an old timer showed me.
    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

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    us
    Jul 2004
    Wickenberg , AZ
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    Re: puffer drywasher motor?????

    I build "Puffers" (see pics) get motors from www.surpluscenter.com catalog #10-1564 12 volt $6.99, get a
    1"x5/16" pulley for the motor end and a 12" "Swamp Cooler" pulley for the crank shaft end. this will give you the proper puffing speed. do not tighten belt too tight, adjust the belt with an amp meter to load motor to about
    1.4 amps or less. The belt should be the most flexable one you can find. If Surplus Center does not have what you need to build a machine then you probably don't need it! They have a free 171 page catalog and one on the web site too.
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    Hey Desertdigger,

    Are you still building these Nice little Drywashers ? I know the thread is an old one , may be that is why I didn't find the mentioned motor on the Surplus website. Can any one help with the "suitable" motor for this type of Drywasher?

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    just use a winsheild wiper motor from the junk yard.

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    us
    Jan 2013
    Yuma, Az
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    Good day,

    Some of my customers have used these new wiper motors for their home built puffers. These motors are used for Halloween props, etc. The price is good for a new motor, but I've never used them so I can't say on durability. But here is a link to a source of cheap new motors,

    Electric Motors for Props - 12VDC Wiper Motor - Halloween Prop Building Supplies For The Home Haunter - Monster Guts - Wiper Motors for Haunting Needs

    I hope this helps you folks out and the good thing is this company always stocks them, they are 2 speed and no junkyard picking!

    Have a great weekend everyone,
    Chris
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