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How to slow down a can opener for a drying wheel?

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I have an old can opener that I started to fiddle with trying to make it into a drying wheel . I tried to put a dimmer switch on it but no matter how low I turned it I still got 46 rpms . I could hear a difference in the sound it made with the dimmer on low but no change in rpms. Can this be don or am I wasting time .

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that would sling the epoxy all over the wall hehehe. I'm not sure how you could fix it, i was lucky and had an old rotiserie to tear up for my motor.

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If you can put a pulley on the can opener drive, you can

use it to run your dryer. I don't know if the gears will

hold up to run it as long as you need to.

A 1/2" dia pulley on the can opener, and a 3 1/2" pulley

on your dryer will give the dryer a speed of 6 1/2 rpm.

Use this formuls to calculate speeds of other pulley combinations.

Speed of drive pulley X Diameter of drive pulley

-----------------------------------------------------------

Diameter of driven pulley

Coley

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I found a paint stirring motor at a junk shop , they had several , aprox 40 rpm, but was 4 bucks, and figured they were made to take abuse, gonna try the bigger pulley to reduce rpm.

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As for the dimmer switch, it wont work. AC motors don't like low voltage. Cutting the voltage with a dimmer will just make the motor get hotter and hotter until it burns up. Oh, and the speed wont change.

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I went to my local thrift store and bought a microwave that had a turn table. It was ten bucks. Its only a four rpm motor but it works well for me. I just took the motor out spliced a plug end to the motor contacts and I got a ten dollar drying wheel.

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I also used a paint machine motor. I used a vacuum cleaner belt on the motor and an empty fishing line spool as a pulley on the other end attached to my dryer. It geared me down perfect. The lip on the line spool keeps the belt in place. I have many hours on my drier and have not had any problems.

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