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Old 02-13-2012, 02:32 AM
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Default Re: Finding a motor on a budget

Originally Posted by Weenam View Post
A query I have is finding a source for a forklift motor. Other than purchasing a wrecked forklift I have seen information about picking them up from servicing and repair places. However if a motor is being thrown out then surely it is not going to be worth salvaging for using in an electric car conversion. If it won't work in a forklift any more then to me it follows that it is only suitable as scrap. Please any advice gratefully received.
Hi Weenam
Forklifts can live for a very long time - long enough to outlive their spare parts supply

There are lots of parts on a forklift from the batteries to the hydraulics to the controllers - any one of them dying on a ten year old machine can make it not economical to repair
This results in a lot of forklifts being scrapped - the motors are still fine
Some of these are kept as spare parts - but forklift motors are robust - spares are not needed very often
So forklift motors become scrap metal

I got real lucky on mine, it had just been refurbished when the forklift was scrapped
$100 - its bigger than I would have chosen but more torque is good!
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