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Old 02-13-2012, 02:32 AM
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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.
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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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Old 02-13-2012, 04:52 AM
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It is not impossible that those firms find it more profitable to replace the motor with a new Chinese or salvaged motor.
Yet, in my opinion the best place to get it (and where I got mine) is from a firm that sells and maintains forklift trucks.
They usually take in the old when they sell a new one and the majority of these is wrecked.
I asked them to look out for one and I paid their time to disassemble it.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:55 PM
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The motor I got is off of a utilty cart that had a 9" inch Ford rear end an a GE motor . I took A2 an S1 and hook them together . I put A1 to pos an S2 to neg and ran forward ....great . A1 to neg an S2 to pos ... still forward , not good . What do I have to do to make the motor run backwards an forward for the cheap ? The motor really looks good in there with the driveshaft an cool looking motor mount I made , and I'm not rich .
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A1 and A2 are the rotor connections and S1 and S2 are the (serial) field connections.
So if you connect A1 to the battery and S1 to A2, it should run one way if you connect S2 to the other battery pole, and the other way with S2-A2 interconnected and S1 on the battery.
If that trick doesn't work, I fear there is some massive short cirquit in the field winding or in the wiring.
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The motor I got is off of a utilty cart that had a 9" inch Ford rear end an a GE motor . I took A2 an S1 and hook them together . I put A1 to pos an S2 to neg and ran forward ....great . A1 to neg an S2 to pos ... still forward , not good . What do I have to do to make the motor run backwards an forward for the cheap ? The motor really looks good in there with the driveshaft an cool looking motor mount I made , and I'm not rich .
CW- S1 to battery; S2 to A2; A1 to other battery terminal.
CCW- S1 to battery; S2 to A1; A2 to other battery terminal.
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CW- S1 to battery; S2 to A2; A1 to other battery terminal.
CCW- S1 to battery; S2 to A1; A2 to other battery terminal.
if Im not mistaking I said the same, , though phrased a little differently .

But after some close reading (wich I didnt do the first time) I found that you changed the polarity of the battery and left the field alone.
So there is probably nothing wrong with the motor.
What you should do, is changing the polarity of the field, (swap S1 and S2) en never mind the polarity of the power source to change direction.

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Forklifts:

It is seldom the motor that retires a forklift for good, it's the battery + one other problem, often the transmission or hyd pump or circuit board. The battery is the most expensive part, often over $5k. I've never had a motor failure, but other issues.

I feel guiltly, but I have perhaps "given" away 3 forklifts in my life. Scrap value.

Look on Craigslist, a busted electric forklift is often dirt cheap after you subtract the resale value of the battery. The batteries are often over 2000lb, mostly lead. Scrap batteries are 30 cents US a pound, so over $600, and the lift can be had for $500. What's the catch? A forklift weighs 4500+ lbs. You must pick it up in person.
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Forklifts:

The battery is the most expensive part, often over $5k.
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A busted electric forklift is often dirt cheap after you subtract the resale value of the battery. The batteries are often over 2000lb, mostly lead. Scrap batteries are 30 cents US a pound, so over $600, and the lift can be had for $500. What's the catch? A forklift weighs 4500+ lbs. You must pick it up in person.
You should get them in Holland, I pay 1,8k (roughly 1,4k$) for a 24v set of 700AH tubular batteries (and real good ones, I bought them in 2000 and they still have approx. 90% of their initial storage capacity by daily use).
So for a 48v forklift that would make 2,8k.

Batteries are seldom really dead. If you buy the forklift with batteries that need replacement you stilll would get a couple of miles out of them after thoroughly loading (and refilling with distilled water) so if you can get it anywhere in the neighbourhood you could still drive it to your garage if youre lucky.
Nevertheless I would still recommend paying the firm that scraps the thing to unmount the motor at a reasonable price so you are not left with 4100 tons of scrap, and they can still sell it for roughly the same price so everybody happy.
I dont now how regulations are in the US but here lead-acid batteries are virtually worthless, as nowadays they only accept empty ones that are cleaned from any trace of sulphuric acid and you have to dispose of that acid in a legal way so any profit on the lead is eveporated on advance.
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if Im not mistaking I said the same, , though phrased a little differently.
series motor connection.

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I have a shifter that can shift two poles at a time (I want to keep it simple) . If I cant just switch neg an pos , how should I hook up this switch ? A2 switches or S1 ? Will A1 get pos and not get switched ? Can I just switch S1 an S2 between a pos an neg and then just let A1 stay pos an A2 stay neg ? Can the motor be sent to a motor shop an made to just run in series so I can just swap the poles ?
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