Anybody ever use a can opener motor as an egg turner?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mitch324, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. mitch324

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    Quote:Christmas has slowed me down a bit.

    I haven't been able to gear it slow enough yet. So far I have a microwave motor (6rpm) using the gear box of the can opener and I'm at .11rpm (one revolution every 9 minnutes). So I think if I through a second can opener gearbox into it I'll be at .002rpm or one revolution every 8.3 hours. That will turn the eggs every 4.15 hours.

    I'm also toying with the idea of using a timer.

    We will see what happens over the next few days. [​IMG]
     
  2. growinupinfl

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    Can you please post a rough idea or diagram of how you are linking these together.. I love it.

    Homemade ingenuity is the best.. I can't wait to see how this turns out..

    Christal
     
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  4. mitch324

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    Quote:Thank you very much! I have actually been looking at your website for the last two days trying to figure out how to make it work in my application. I am struggling with the green box on right side of the diagram. Is that the relay? If so can you take a picture? What will start the motor again if the limit switch is activated. I'm sorry if I'm asking stupid questions.

    Thanks again!
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

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    Yea the right green box in this pic is a relay with one input an two outputs.

    http://www.classictruckshop.com/clubs/earlyburbs/projects/bosch/relay.htm
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    Main power gos in at 30 an out to the presure switch at 87 an 87A.

    Power inverter on a timer goes to 85 an 86.

    http://www.clarks-garage.com/shop-manual/elect-18.htm
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    2 an 4 go to 87 an 87A an 1 goes to the motor. The other wire on the motor hooks to the other main power.

    It works like a two way light switch. When the timer changes the relay the motor turns till changes the limit switch. This works weather your turning the timer on or back off.
     
  6. mitch324

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    rebelcowboysnb YOU ARE AWSOME!!!

    Thank you very much I get it now.

    What do you recomend I use for a relay any automotive relay or specific size? I'm thinking this will still work with my AC motor just 30,87,87a will be AC and 85 & 86 12v dc.

    Thank you again.
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yes, an AC motor works just that way. Mine is a AC motor. The relays I use are standard Bosh relays I get out of junk cars.
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    The have held up my 1800 watt heater in my big incubator.

    I have bags of them from when I ran a junk yard.
     
  8. mitch324

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    So I've still been trying to get my turner going. I decided to scrap the switch/timer idea and continue with the very slow motor method because it was going to be less expensive for me.

    Here is a picture of the microwave motor driving the two can opener gearbox's. I used a piece of airline to connect the two shafts between the motor and the first can opener. Between the two can openers I made a small shaft with a hole and a set screw on one side and a thread on the other. Then just added a thread to the the end of the carrige bolt.

    The end result is .1 rotations ever hour, a litter slower than I'd like but I think it will get the job done. It will turn the egg every 5 hours.



    I'll post some more pictures once I finish bulding the rest of the turner.

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  10. Lloyd Johanes

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    The microwave´s plate turner turns 6 rpm, you can use pulleys to reduce the speed usin one relation from 1´´ to 4´´ for example, to reduce from 6 rpm to 1.5 rpm., that is what i´m doing now.
     

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