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Old 01-04-2009, 05:11 AM   #1
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Building a generator can be a fun and fairly simple project. Getting a large DC motor however can sometimes be difficult. Here is a writeup on how to make a generator from an old washing machine drive. It looks like you might need to find a specific machine called the “Smart Drive” to follow their directions exactly though. If you happen to find one, or know of a unit with a similar motor, you can follow these directions to end up with a fairly decent wind powered generator.
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AC motors are very efficient. If I didn't live in an apartment I'd be trying all kinds of things like this instead of building small CNC mills and lathes to tide me over...

I just wonder how you get the initial field generation within the motor... Must be slightly magnetized or something.
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