12 volt motor recommendations

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Urloony, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Urloony

    Urloony New Member

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    I have four older scratchbuilt locos that have open frame motors. I am thinking about upgrading them as I prepare the railroad to change to DCC. I model O scale two rail and would like to upgrade the motors to something more efficient. I'm planning to use can motors so if there is a particular brand or design you guys could recommend that would be great.
  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Choosing a replacement motor will depend on how much space is available and how much current the decoder will handle.
    I have had great success with Mabuchi motors salvaged from VCRs, old tape decks.
    I recently scrapped an HP printer and salvaged a duel shaft motor that drove the print head carriage.
    I don't do DCC so I am not familiar with decoder outputs, but wonder if a voltage follower circuit controlled by a decoder could be built to handle the higher current of the open framed motors.
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    If you are looking for commercially built stuff, NorthWest Short Line is the standard for replacement motors, gears, trucks, and so on.

    http://www.nwsl.com/

    Andrew