HELP! Electric winch for automatic door?

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

  1. kreimink

    kreimink New Egg

    Mar 24, 2016
    West Michigan
    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 (, 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 True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    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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