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    Default Motor for 8 foot Ferris wheel

    Happy new year to all. Can someone please tell me what hp motor i would use on an 8 foot Ferris wheel and where I can buy it. I am new to this site and am just getting started with making motorized displays since I finally retired.

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    William

    Christmanut

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    Welcome to DIYC! Try this link for a starting point.

    http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com...orized_Designs
    2009 - 48 channel MegaTree 4800 lights
    plus 3200 lights static display.
    2010 - 6 Snowflakes on heavy equipment stored in front yard :-(
    2011 - 72 channel Megatree 7520 lights,
    120 channel total about 10k lights total

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    Default Re: Motor for 8 foot Ferris wheel

    I am going to make a 10' one out of PVC I am useing a wipre motor the trick I found was bearins off ebay for the main center pipe to sit on.

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    Sounds great. Looking forward to some pictures.
    2009 - 48 channel MegaTree 4800 lights
    plus 3200 lights static display.
    2010 - 6 Snowflakes on heavy equipment stored in front yard :-(
    2011 - 72 channel Megatree 7520 lights,
    120 channel total about 10k lights total

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    Default Re: Motor for 8 foot Ferris wheel

    Christmasnut,

    Please give some more details about your Ferris wheel. If you are making one of PVC, a wiper motor should be good enough. They can be had from MonsterGuts or just about any junk yard. Keep in mind, you want a "continuous duty" motor, whatever you choose. You can control speed by sprocket/pulley ratios or by controlling DC voltage. For an AC motor, you will need a motor controller.
    You might want to look at the one I built at strrchristmas Christmas Ferris Wheel on YouTube. I made that video to give people ideas. This is how I did it, not the way it HAS to be done.

    Good Luck,
    Terry
    9.5ft steel wheel
    9 seats
    onboard lighting

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