Electric Motors in the Home Workshop


A practical guide to identifying discarded and surplus motors from both domestic and industrial sources and making good use of them in typical small workshop applications.

ISBN: 978 185486 133 7
Author: Jim Cox


The author’s earlier book Electric Motors (Workshop Practice Series No. 16) described the basic principles of operation and methods of application of the wide range of motor types likely to be encountered in small scale engineering.

This book provides additional information about popular workshop applications for motors. Detailed advice is given on how to identify and make good use of discarded and surplus motors from both domestic and industrial sources and also how to operate three phase motors from single phase supplies. Examples are given of actual workshop applications and conversions, and on battery supplies for the use of motors in mobile projects.

Keen model engineer Jim Cox was chief engineer of a well-known electronics company and spent most of his working life closely involved with both electronic and electro-mechanical equipment which used a wide range of electric motor types.

Contents: Safety; Single-Phase Induction Motors; Three-Phase Induction Motors; Commutator Motors; Overhaul and Reconditioning; Speed Control; Mobile Power; Battery Power Supplies; Associated Components and Test Gear; Typical Workshop Applications.

Appendices: Converting Three-Terminal Three-Phase Motors; Motor Power Rating; Demagnetisation and Remagnetisation; Motor Terminology; Component Suppliers.

Originally published in 1996 by Nexus Special Interests Ltd
Special Interest Model Books edition published in 2002

210 x 148 mm
140 pages
33 black & white photographs
58 circuit diagrams, plans & line drawings
9 tables of data