Current. The minimum required current for the motor is 1.6 amps at 70 rpm, 0.9 amps at 41 rpm (and 4 amps if you elect to run it at 106 rpm, see note on the next page). These current ratings are for the motor spinning with no load. As you add mechanical load, these numbers can increase dramatically, doubling or even tripling under a heavy load. (When testing for torque, I found the motor to draw close to 14 amps in a stalled condition.) This factor must be taken into account when selecting a power supply. Since the motor will only use what it needs when it comes to current, it's best to provide a source with a higher current rating than you think you might need. I would recommend a 5 amp or greater supply to handle most circumstances.
Contrary to what some believe, the wiper motor does not oscillate back and forth, it rotates continuously in one direction like most other motors. The rotational motion is converted to the back and forth wiper motion by a series of mechanical linkages. Here's a page that shows how this works in a car http://auto.howstuffworks.com/wiper1.htmThis type of motor is called a"gearhead" or "gear motor" and has the advantage of having lots of torque. My unscientific test (using one wiper motor and a torque wrench) found that at 12 volts, on high speed, the motor has 13.5 pound-feet and on low speed, has 17.5 pound-feet of torque.
[ As seen the output shaft of the typical motor in the video is at a right angle to the axle of the DC motor inside it. My motor has the output shaft (after reduction gears) parallel to the DC motor axle. I
OK. The penultimate, or possibly ultimate question:Looking at pic028, you have a bit of white cable to estimate the rpm. Did you just see that cable move momentarily, or did you see it rotate continuously in both directions?
That they moved in different speeds makes me think that there isn't any "low" and "high" connections, changing direction makes the high and low.
Quote from: Aqualize on Nov 27, 2012, 12:16 pm That they moved in different speeds makes me think that there isn't any "low" and "high" connections, changing direction makes the high and low.That's as good an explanation as any, but it may be reversing just to park.The reason why I asked the question is that I'm sure the bit of cable isn't wrapped round an "output gear", it's a spline. It looks exactly like the spline for a screenwiper arm, hence my question. If the shaft rotated about a thirty degrees and then reversed, the motor is almost certainly a windscreen wiper motor but not off a car. It's off a train or a bus, hence the size. You often see buses with the wipers going but obviously not connected and thus must have a motor for each. It could still be a wiper motor but, if that is the case, it obviously has a large and vital part missing, the reciprocating gear. Fortunately it is not too vital for you, but the bit that connects to the spline would probably be useful. It could have been that the motor originally drove a hydraulic pump, which might have been nice for your purpose(!)
Quote from: Aqualize on Nov 27, 2012, 12:16 pm[...][...] It could still be a wiper motor but, if that is the case, it obviously has a large and vital part missing, the reciprocating gear. Fortunately it is not too vital for you, but the bit that connects to the spline would probably be useful. [...]