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From: "WJ" <WJ-at-vdtogt.nl>
Subject: Re: wheel chair motors [TANKS]
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 11:21:10 +0200 (CEST)
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

I can't tell you about the American market, but from what I heard:
There is NO secondhand market for electric wheelchairs.  In the
Netherlands we have a healthcare system that makes sure anyone needing a
wheelchair gets a new one, no risks are taking concerning people getting
stranded etc.

Thus getting second-hand parts is relatively easy, and much cheaper then
expected!  I bought a bunch at around 25EUR each (if I remember
correctly), which should be around 35$?

I have connected these motors rated at 24V to the Anvil controller with
success, but so far I only tested it at 12V.


> just testing out my email signature.  biggest middle name EVER (and last
> name too).
> Amir "Does anyone know Amp draw range for wheel chair motors?  I think
> someone recently said it was ~80 amps.  Even if the motors cost $100 each
> its still probably cheaper than anything requiring a ~9:1 reduction.  But
> what about the motor controllers. Other than $500 Vantec stuff and Steve's
> latest set up, what options are there for wheel chair controllers?  How
> easy/cheap is it to acquire/interface with the controller from the actual
> wheelchair?  How viable is a 'doubled/tripled' up Tri-pact controller?
> (Or are there 80 amp relays to be gotten on the cheap?)" Tahvildaran