HELP! Electric winch for automatic door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kreimink, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. kreimink

    kreimink New Egg

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    Hi Friends,
    I'm starting my coop this weekend, and I'm still trying to figure out how to get a dependable automatic door opener without spending the big bucks! I've seen the add-a-motor, but so many people say that theirs have broken and needed repairs.

    My idea was to use an electric winch (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WW1QVI...UTF8&colid=30ZW2W618XKXQ&coliid=IVH7AUOJL7MTW), and set it on a timer. However, this would require some electrical work to convert the remote to a timer. I have ZERO electrical knowledge. Anyone have ideas on if/how this would work? I appreciate any ideas or suggestions!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    A 1500 lb. winch is way overkill.
    An automobile window motor or antennae linear motor are sufficient and available on E-bay.
     

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