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#1 Phil J

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:50 AM

I am building a motorized kick wheel as I haven't seen one in person I could use some help with the design.

 

The kick wheel itself will be filled with concrete. What are good diameters and thicknesses?

 

What is a good speed range? I'll be using a 1/2HP 3 phase motor with an inverter drive for variable speed.

 

What heigth for the wheel head above the kick wheel? LOML who will be using it is 5'4" tall.

 

The frame will be 2" square steel tube. I plan on using 3" double locking casters to make it mobil. Is this, about 9", too high above the floor to the top of the kick wheel?

 

 

Thank you for your help.



#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:31 PM

You will need a support hinge for the motor with foot pedal and a heavy duty spring that can retract the weight of the motor.For the shaft/arbor put a drive wheel like one from automatic dryers or washers.Also an off switch that turns off when the pressure is reduced.

On the flywheel put some heavy rubber tread for traction engaging the drive wheel. Sometimes you can paint on a rubber solution.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:16 PM

Couldn't the motor be suspended below the wheel, and engaged, by pushing on a pedal, that would raise it up, so that a puck would turn the wheel?


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#4 Phil J

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:40 PM

Couldn't the motor be suspended below the wheel, and engaged, by pushing on a pedal, that would raise it up, so that a puck would turn the wheel?

Yes, that can be done but I think mounting it above the wheel and using the motor's weight add to the drive force is easier.






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