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What can I do with a broken dryer?

Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:42 pm

Our dryer recently gave way and my Dad gave me permission to do what I want with it. The motor works fine, the actual problem was with the drum not being able to rotate properly. This is sort of the last straw with this dryer so we're not interested in fixing it, we're buying a new one.

So, what can one do with a dryer motor? Hopefully, I'll be able to use the dryer body and drum as a target for my hybrid but that's assuming I can think of a safe place to shoot it that's not far away.
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Unread postAuthor: mattyzip77 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:51 pm

IOut here, I would sell it as scrapmetal!! Not much else you can do with it really!!
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Unread postAuthor: Zeus » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:57 pm

You could make a huge still heater from the heating element for all your alcohol distilling needs. :lol:

But those motors are pretty good, I've got one laying around somewhere, and they're not lacking in torque. Maybe a sawbench for firewood if you've got a wood burner at home. Fix up a cement mixer, make an overpowered lasy susan for a funny youtube clip (I'll have a 10% commision from your YT profits if you do that).

And don't shoot the drum, grow strawberries in it, they're perfect for it. And there's a neat belt arrangement in there too, keep an eye out for a round belt.
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Unread postAuthor: jsefcik » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:31 pm

scrap it and use the money for spudgun parts=)

or a target then scrap it
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:05 pm

I removed everything of worth: all the wires, switches, electronic components, screws, belts, etc. I even got the clear plastic door as I thought I could make it in to a protection barrier for a camera; though I don't think it's clear enough.
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Unread postAuthor: jsefcik » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:18 pm

MrCrowley wrote:I removed everything of worth: all the wires, switches, electronic components, screws, belts, etc. I even got the clear plastic door as I thought I could make it in to a protection barrier for a camera; though I don't think it's clear enough.


i always rip everything out, i know in the future ill need a switch for something, :D
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:09 pm

I could make it in to a protection barrier for a camera; though I don't think it's clear enough.


Use Novus 1, 2, 3 system for cleaning plastics. If it was clear before Novus can restore it. Google it to find a seller in your area...
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Unread postAuthor: kydavies » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:24 pm

make a paddle wheel kayak using the motor and drum assembly (and a miscilanious water craft)!!!!
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Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:42 pm

They make a great target before recycling.

If you wanted to make it like new again, a new drum belt and bearing pads on the front that support the drum by the door will often give them a new lease on life. A belt and set of pads is not very expensive.

Many appliances have the service manual online or at least an exploded view and parts list so you can find the part numbers for the items needed.

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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:51 pm

Technician1002 wrote:They make a great target before recycling.


Yup. As a relatively soft (by hybrid standards) and large area target, I demand buckshot!
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:19 am

Buckshot could be a possibility but to be honest I'm unsure of where I can shoot this as it's not likely I can haul it up to my friend's bach.

As for the motor, I was thinking about a bench grinder or maybe even drill press if I find a secondhand frame or something. A lathe is a possibility but i'm not sure how much use I would get out of it considering machining metal is not an option.

I can't find any specs online at all. The dryer is a Simpson Sirocco 500. The motor has no markings of any kind. The Electrolux part number (39S500) on the dryer was not much help either. Perhaps there's a sticker on the inside of the dryer but I didn't see any when I dismantled it.

The motor runs off 230-240v and has a brown wire, red wire and white wire with a black stripe. I assume brown is ground, red is hot and white is hot. The only wiring I'm sure about (I took a photo) is that the red wire went to one terminal on the four terminal capacitor and the brown wire went to another.

The wires going to the mains consist of a green & yellow (ground), blue (live) and brown (neutral) wire. From some diagrams I've seen online, they have a 'line 1' and 'line 2' on the motor; which I assume are the red and white wires. Does this mean I wire the green & yellow to the terminal opposite to the brown wire on the capacitor, the blue wire to the white wire and the brown mains wire to the terminal opposite red on the capacitor?

Edit: I also read that running it on mains power without a decent load is dangerous as components of the motor may fail at high RPM. So I thought I could wire the heating element in to the circuit until I make something that can put a load on the bearings. Would this mean wiring one end of the heating element to the terminal opposite the red wire on the capacitor and the brown mains wire to the other end of the heating element?
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