I just acquired a fairly old Atlas N-scale 0-8-0 steam locomotive in amazingly good condition. However, the motors they used back then were…less than stellar, and my example has a catastrophic failure therein. The armature has come completely separated from the commutator and I lack the equipment and skills to repair the existing motor.
I am scouring the web for a replacement motor that does work, but even if I do find one another failure is likely as the issue here is with the basic design. So I’m here, wondering what you all would suggest I use.
Can length: 14mm Can diameter: 15mm Shaft length from end of can: 12.2mm Shaft diameter: 1.5mm Voltage range: 12VDC nominal, but my power pack can run as high as 17VDC.
Desired operating characteristics:
Smooth Low current(Typical current draw is between 200mA and 750mA) Low heat output High torque at low speeds Low-ish top speed. Something in the 6-7k RPM @ 12v area would be pretty good. Runs equally well forwards and backwards.
I would just buy one of the metal gearmotors Pololu sells, but their output shafts are far too large and I cannot machine them down to something suitable. The small plastic planetary pager motors would work, but they have the same shaft size and their 6V max rating means they are prone to burning up in this application(Though, later on with digital control I could cap their max voltage and run one, indeed other railroaders have used them as such).