Chain drive garage door opener as a egg turner?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Prdtordude, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Prdtordude

    Prdtordude Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone ever used or tried to use a chain drive garge door opener to turn you egg trays?[​IMG] It seems like it could work and if it's a 24 volt motor we could use a cheap low voltage timer for from irrigation systems. They operate 24 volt valve solenoids. or maybe a landscape light timer? Let me know what you think.
     
  2. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like it would work.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    How slowly could you get it to go? You wouldn't want it going too fast and jerking the eggs from side to side.
     
  4. Prdtordude

    Prdtordude Out Of The Brooder

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    I wondered if it wouldn't jerk the eggs around to fast, but you should be able to adjust the speed by changing the sprockets to change the gear ratio.
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    A regular egg turner moves so slowly you can't even see it move.
     
  6. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmmmmmmm... I wonder if you could use the thing that turns the knob on a washing machine?? It turns slow, 15-30 minutes depending on what cycle you use
     
  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmmmmmmm... I wonder if you could use the thing that turns the knob on a washing machine?? It turns slow, 15-30 minutes depending on what cycle you use

    think rotisserie motor or old style clock motor, industrial time clocks the analogue style would work I started building one with the old style defrost clock off a refrigerator I just got busy hatching quail and never finished the project ...yet [​IMG]
     
  8. muddstopper

    muddstopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just wondering how big a incubator you are building that you could bolt a garage door opener to????

    I would suggest as an alternative that you visit some of the robotic hobby sites and purchase a low voltage gear motor for about $12. You can get a good one from here, http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G15492, that I know will turn 3-48 egg trays. Do a little gearing and it can run continuious. Or, mount it as is and use a timer so that it only turns a few times per day.

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    You can even contact cbiblis and get one of his electronic motor controllers. (Its the circuit board in the middle of the circuit boards in the next pic). The speed is fully adjustable with just the turn of a POT screw.
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  9. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was think using the microwave turner motor at one point, but never got around doing it . The garage door motor may be moving too fast.
     
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