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I want to use a Gas-powered Honda Generator ~120V (so I don't run out of fuel) to power a motor that's strong enough to move ~400 pounds total. - If this is just ridiculous, [...]
Hi,Quote from: jackson on February 17, 2010, 11:28:02 PMI want to use a Gas-powered Honda Generator ~120V (so I don't run out of fuel) to power a motor that's strong enough to move ~400 pounds total. - If this is just ridiculous, [...]That IS ridiculous!If you are prepared to put up with the noise of a generator, you'd be better off letting the generator drive the thing (remove the generator parts), or eg. a (Honda) 50cc 4-stroke engine.
Actually, the Honda generators I'm sure he is referring to (the small red ones, I call them lunch box generators) are almost dead silent. I work with them all the time and forget to shut them off when I'm done because they are so quiet. They are the main power source for some of the autonomous robots I work with, and this idea is not so 'ridiculous'.
And for his project as a DIYer, It's easier to mount a electric motor to a wheel, wire a motor controller and generator then it is to fab linkage with support framework, mount a transmission, mount an engine, mount a gas tank and control system.
Hi,Even an electric motor needs a transmission/gears, so whether you bolt one thing or another - no difference.The gas tank he needs whether he use a genny or a motor - no difference.A sprocket wheel is very easy to weld to an axle, whether the motor driving it is electric or gas driven - no difference.Gas or electric, both needs a control system - no difference.The dual conversion gas(electric model generates loss - big difference.
You have an opinion and so do I, but what it all boils down to, is the OP's mechanical savvy and the efficiency he wants.I tried to give him something to base his opinion on.What did you try, except to disagree with me (as so often before)?