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I was thinking about using deer motors to turn the heads on a couple of props that I have in mind. I saw the motors on CBWebdirect.com, they have one that is just the motor,and another that comes with a cam arm. I am wondering exactly how you mount these on a prop head, and whether or not I will need the cam arm. I have never really looked closely at one of the animated reindeer to see how they work. Does anyone have any pics or how-to on using these on a prop? Thanks.
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A few notes about the Reindeer motors:

They're a pain to mount based on their shape and positions of the mounting holes. Not impossible, but you'll have to be a little creative. I used two of them last year (salvaged from the scraps after a prior Christmas vandalism). While I managed to get one of the 4 holes with an actual screw through it, I ended up using zip-ties passed through the remaining holes to secure them.

They're slow, low powered, and low torque. It doesn't take a whole lot to overload the torque. However it has an interesting side-effect or fail safe - whenever the torque is exceeded in one direction it automatically reverses the polarity of the motor and starts turning the other direction (this is most likely intentional so the motors don't burn up when they get iced over).

Worked out well for me for both an FCG (kept her light weight and added a counter weight as well) as well as a Grave Grabber (which moved slow and had a nice slow classic Romero zombie feel).

You could go both ways with the head. I would think simplest would be mounting it on the shaft with a limiter on both ends to take advantage of the reversing polarity. However the side to side Reindeer all use the cam.

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Very informative, thanks Terror Master!
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Scary, do you have a direct link to the motors?

Depending upon the cost, you might also think about using one of these guys. They are probably a bit more torquey and shouldn't be that much more expensive:

http://urlbrief.com/122162
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I have used them but for Christmas. sorry.
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Here is a fairly new prop by the Propmaster using these motors:

http://www.halloweenpropmaster.com/u-built_it.htm

and video:

http://www.halloweenpropmaster.com/p...d_movement.htm

I know he really likes these motors, and they seem very good for low torque applications.
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Here's the mechanics link:

http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/mechanis...ankslider.html
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Liam-thanks I will check those motors out. I am a little unsure how to hook up the electric to them, I tend to stick with things that are all ready to go.

Here is the link:

http://www.cwebdirect.com/


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Scary, do you have a direct link to the motors?

Depending upon the cost, you might also think about using one of these guys. They are probably a bit more torquey and shouldn't be that much more expensive:

http://urlbrief.com/122162
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This is great, thanks for the links!

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Here is a fairly new prop by the Propmaster using these motors:

http://www.halloweenpropmaster.com/u-built_it.htm

and video:

http://www.halloweenpropmaster.com/p...d_movement.htm

I know he really likes these motors, and they seem very good for low torque applications.
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