I'm after a small mains motor to replace a failed on in an extract
fan, I can't just replace the fan as there appears to be nothing
remotely like it available now. (It's a centrifugal fan which extracts
to a 2" diameter duct)
Where might be a good place to get a motor like this, all I have
really is its dimensions. It's an induction motor and doesn't have a
capacitor for starting. The manufacturer is Varley of Woolwich.
Best hope is somewhere like 'Greenweld' - I'm pretty sure they have a
website- or 'Proops' who have / had a place in London (Tottenham Court Rd as
I recall). This type of place deals in surplus motors and you may be able to
get something similar from them.
It might be worth asking in a one of the model engineering newsgroups- model
engineers shop in places like this.
On 4 Dec 2003 22:10:47 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Not as it was - the company was split up by old Mr Proops and
although still trading (no longer in Totty Court Road) is now selling
modern left overs and Chinese imports - no more Lancaster bomb
Old Mr Proops kept Proops Educational Supplies and was still
appearing at various engineering shows a year or so back although I
haven't seen him recently.
For a motor try looking in this group for postings by geoff (one at
Message-ID: < and use the
reply-to address in one of those messages to contact him - he has an
interesting supply of such things!
Do you realise how much it costs to get motors rewound (if you can find
somewhere that still does it, that is)?
It is significantly cheaper for me to buy new motors rather than get old
... Old record deck motor
Yes Geoff I do realise how much it costs, having had several re-wound in the
last couple of years:
a/ Fan for 1970's air duct gas c/h (1/10 hp)
b/ Table drive motor for Bridgeport milling m/c (1/8 hp)
c/ Main motors for Launderette washing machines (1 hp and 1.5 hp dual speed
3 phase perhaps 4 in the last 2 years)
d/ Tumbler motors for Launderette driers ( 3/4 hp single phase maybe 1 per
In each case there was some unusual feature of the motor making sourcing a
replacement difficult if not impossible.
The key point in my posting was '... if it isn't feasable to re-wind it
they will have all the contacts to source replacements ..' - if the motor
isn't available and you want the kit to keep running re-winding is the only
choice if you cannot re-engineer to use an alternative.
I use two re-winders, one in West Norwood / Crystal Palace and the other
just south of Lambeth Bridge - if you want contact details email me off
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