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RE: ion motors Re: uses for a Tesla Coil?
Original poster: "Gary Pedro by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <kf6fpu-at-sbcglobal-dot-net>
That was the first thing I tried but every time the wire gets spinning
say 2000 rpms it would hit the wall that's why I went with the pressed
bearing and bolted it to the coil I am not sure how fast it spins but I
would say min of 10,000 rpms it makes one heck of a noise. But I suppose
your way is a lot more sane and less dangerous for the amateur.
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Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 4:14 PM
Subject: ion motors Re: uses for a Tesla Coil?
Original poster: "davep by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> Try making a ion drive motor take an skill saw blade press a bearing
> into the arbor bolt the bearing to the top of your coil now the safety
> part build a Plexiglas or steel cage around the coil just incase the
> blade comes off. The ions jump of the tips of the teeth and get the
> blade spinning very very fast make sure the blade is well balanced or
> will come off but since the blade is spinning the wrong way it doesn't
> do that much damage. Good luck.
My version was simpler, which is not to say better.
WITH POWER OFF
Provide a needle point on top of the coil.
Take about 16" of soft copper, solid wire, about #12.
Bend into a long open 'S', maybe 6" dia.
Find the approximate middle, crush with pliers.
Center punch, to make 'cone' bearing.
Pointen (is that a word?) the ends of the wire.
Balance the S on the needle.
Adjust the balance, as needed by gently bending the S.
With luck it'll spin...