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What to do with an electric motor from a treadmill?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Ignatius, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. Ignatius

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    Odd topic of the day maybe.

    I've been pondering this for a while and it occurred to me today that there are probably people on TDPRI that would know about these things.

    Backstory: had a treadmill give up the ghost. Disassembled it, took what I could to the salvage yard/recycler. All that's left is this 3hp electric motor that has been sitting here now for a year or so. Hate to just toss it out. I seem to recall someone telling me that there might be value in the copper windings. Really?

    I don't and will never have a use for it. Is this thing destined for the trash can, or is there someone out there who repurposes these things?
     
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    Put it up on e-bay or craigslist and mention the treadmill model it came off. Never know if there is a pot out there looking for a lid.
     
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    A buddy of mine made his brothers wheel chair go over 20mph
    with a windshield wiper motor. just saying
     
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    list if it`s AC or DC too
     
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    You’d just need a very, very long extension cord.
     
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    set it up with a leslie cab and a pedal to give you variable leslie sounds.

    play music!
     
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    I'd use it for my hay elevator. But you'd have to go buy a barn, hay, etc. to justify using the motor. That said, I have gone to buy strings and came home with a guitar, so have at it.
     
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    Make a pick-up winder?
     
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    This thread made me laugh because I have my old treadmill motor, too. Lol
     
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    i vote for cutting up a cabinet and making your own Leslie.
     
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    ...or an electric skateboard.
     
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    Some of these responses were funnier than I expected!
     
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