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Although the armature could withstand higher, I'd limit application to 6000 RPM Max and like 4000 crusing. It probably will do 100 to 125 Amps continuously when well ventilated with tolerance for bursts of up to maybe 800 Amps peak on accelerations. Looks like a nice motor.

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You think this could push 2500lbs of car 20mph?
 

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Although the armature could withstand higher, I'd limit application to 6000 RPM Max and like 4000 crusing. It probably will do 100 to 125 Amps continuously when well ventilated with tolerance for bursts of up to maybe 800 Amps peak on accelerations. Looks like a nice motor.

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It is a DC motor, right ? So 3kW = 36v x 83A. For more power output it probably is better to bump the voltage, not the amps. Additionally, given it's a purpose-built motor for a forklift, I wouldn't be surprised if the max RPMs are around 3000.
 

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It is a DC motor, right ? So 3kW = 36v x 83A. For more power output it probably is better to bump the voltage, not the amps. Additionally, given it's a purpose-built motor for a forklift, I wouldn't be surprised if the max RPMs are around 3000.
Hi cricket,

I'm familiar with these types of forklift motors. Yes, obviously it is a commutator DC motor, undoubtedly series wound. The 3kW rating refers to output power, so your current calculation is low. It may be purpose built for the Hyster truck, but GE will have used components and processes manufacturing it common to the product line which I'm sure will support my RPM values. I've analyzed a number of their products of this type.

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Hi cricket,

I'm familiar with these types of forklift motors. Yes, obviously it is a commutator DC motor, undoubtedly series wound. The 3kW rating refers to output power, so your current calculation is low. It may be purpose built for the Hyster truck, but GE will have used components and processes manufacturing it common to the product line which I'm sure will support my RPM values. I've analyzed a number of their products of this type.

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major
Very cool, thank you for elaborating on it!
 
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