Re-using an electric treadmill motor

November 8, 2007

I seem to remember, back in the warm glow of all those resolutions in January, something about building an electric car this year. Well that may have been slightly, err, ambitious. Although the project that inspired the resolution, which I’ve been following throughout the year – Project Forkenswift (an electric conversion on a beer budget) has been successful.

The year isn’t done yet, and I have an electric treadmill that was given to me (unworking) and my usual techno-mage incantations have failed to bring it back to life. So what to do? Well I have dug up a few relevant links in one of my procrastination sessions, so here they are to remind me when I get my Roundtuit for this job.

Vela Creations – Chispito Wind Generator

Wind power is abundant, clean, inexpensive and easy to do. It is our belief that anyone can be in control of where his or her electricity comes from. There is nothing more rewarding and empowering than making a wind powered generator from scrap materials. Most of the tools and materials in this manual can be found in your local hardware shop or junk pile.

Also see‘s Homebrew electricity section. has a page full of wind generator projects as well.

Now all I have to do is get started. What other projects could a non-working treadmill be used for?

Today’s Tweets

November 8, 2007
  • 10:32 morning peeps, has anyone scored their free slurpee on this 7/11 day yet? #
  • 11:10 enjoying my first free slurpee of the day. (cola if you must know) #
  • 12:17 @d2kagw Good going on Desklickr – guess I need to get my laptop up to 10.4 finally 🙂 #
  • 16:13 Hmm, good project for my broken treadmill? #
  • 17:54 @lachlanhardy great site – might make me visit more regularly #
  • 17:54 Mini BarCampSydney this Sunday! #
  • 19:01 my second free slurpee is also cola – happy 7-11 day 🙂 #
  • 19:20 Bass players do it deeper 😉 #

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