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Lou Hilario
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I would like to build a head twister which will revolve by itself using a motor. Can you give me ideas how to go about it? Thanks!
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Hi Lou,

I built a Twister that's Automated.

The head box is revolved by a 12V Motor that I found at a Surplus Store. I think that it once belonged to a Car Windshield wiper or something.

I then atttached a pulley to the end of the motor and a large wooden pulley on the bottom of the head box (that I made myself). I used a belt, around the pulleys to take the force from the motor and turn the box. All this runs off of a motorcycle battery. Works Great. I did have to install a Rhestat to control the speed of the motor though.

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Try C&H sales in Pasadena, CA. They have a lot of surplus gearmotors. You want a slow rpm with a high torque and dc powered.

Using a double pull double throw switch, you can reverse the polarity to the motor and reverse the rotation of the motor making it spin the opposite direction. Most of these motors are 6, 12 or 24 volt. If run the motor at a lower voltage it, drops the rpm. The reostat is good idea to vary the rotation speed.

You can also do some varying of the speed by using gearing on the motor and the box unit.

The windshield motors are a good cheap alternative though your are more limited in the speed sometimes.

Hope this helps.

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I'm building one right now. I made a bracket to attach a cordless drill to the side of the box. Where the crank goes, I mounted a large bicycle sprocket. I'll mount a small sprocket in the drill bit and drive it with a bicycle chain.

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