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Old 10-27-13, 12:20 PM   #146
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That's called a Starter Cap, IIRC..
I think it would take a lot of work to convert a washer motor into a generator.

I once salvaged a washer motor. I looked at the wiring diagram and found it had two speeds.
I used it to power a dual-speed drill press for about 10 years. Very useful and reliable motor. People use washer motors to power all sorts of shop tools.
When I replaced my DIY drill press with a Chinese drill-mill, I dumped the old one
on the curb and it was gone within minutes.
But, when I looked at my new drill-mill, the motor looked identical! (My Chinese band saw has the same motor too)!

There seems to be a lot of people using DC generators on bikes..

Low-tech Magazine: Bike powered electricity generators are not sustainable

If your motor is like this one, Induction Motor How it works - YouTube
Then you would need to remove the rotor and replace it with a spinning PM..
Seems like a lot of work to me..
My hobby is installing & trying to repair mini-splits
EPA 608 Type 1 Technician Certification ~ 5 lbs or less..

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