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The amount of power able to be produced by a small electric motor will vary according to its size which is variable. Read More…

Small Electric Motors A small electric motor is a fractional horsepower motor that has less than one horsepower, or 745.7 watts, of power. As with other simple electric motors, small electric motors consist of several basic parts: an axle, a metal enclosure, a field magnet, a nylon end cap, a rotor, a coil, and a power supply of some sort.
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Mankato, MN  |  612-746-7624

At Electric Motor solutions, our goal is to provide the best motors and equipment to meet the needs of your application. Products include linear actuators, electric motors, speed reducers, custom motors, vacuum cleaner motors, AC motors, and more.

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Electric Motor Solutions $$$

Stratham, NH  |  844-338-8114

When reliability and power are a must, the universal motors you find at ElectroCraft can operate with high efficiency, low voltage, and at a low cost. Applications that our universal electric motors serve include robotics, packaging, automotive, and medical equipment. Electric motor products include the CompletePower™ Plus Universal Drive, complete with a user-friendly configurable interface. For more details, contact ElectroCraft today!

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ElectroCraft, Inc. $$$

Schaumburg, IL  |  847-439-4949

Quickly rising as the world’s leading motor specialized company, SPG Motor pioneers the fractional horsepower motor market in innovation & advanced quality assurance. All of our fractional horsepower motors are ISO 9001 certified for automation equipment & appliances made by top companies like Whirlpool, Maytag & GE. For more information, contact SPG today!

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SPG USA Inc. $$$

Monroe, WI  |  608-325-9161

At Carter Motor, some of the motors manufactured include AC universal motors, small motors, DC universal motors, DC permanent magnet motors, DC shunt wound motors and gearmotors, along with many others. All Carter Motor products are designed and assembled in the United States by hard-working employees. From engineers to shipping clerks, the staff takes pride in every part of the process.

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Carter Motor Company $$$

El Paso, TX  |  915-599-2727

We have been in business since 1936 so you know you can count on Graham Motors and Controls to deliver the highest quality product. Located in El Paso, Texas we ship nationwide through our extensive network. Turn to us for all your motor and control needs. Call us today for more information or visit our website to see our products and services for yourself.

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Graham Motors & Controls $$$

Elk Grove Village, IL  |  847-439-3760

Merkle-Korff offers a broad range of sub-fractional horsepower motors and gear motors. Products include AC and DC (brush and brushless) motors & small motors (less than 1/10th horsepower). We provide application engineering, technical support & value-added assembly, both domestic & internationally. Since 1911 we have been providing reliable sub-fractional motors. ISO 9001/2000 registered.

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Merkle-Korff Industries $$$
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The small electric motor spins in different directions based on how the battery leads are hooked up. These motors are typically single phase or three phase depending on required output and intended application. Considerations to be made when determining FHP motor use include: whether a motor will be required for continuous or intermittent duty, voltage ratings, desired weight of motor, fan-cooling, adjustable speeds etc.

Like all electric motors, small electric motors convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. They change electric energy into rotational movement by using the natural behavior of magnetism, or the attracting and repelling forces of a magnet strong enough to cause rotation. These small motors are typically low cost and easy maintenance options for motor needs.

Small electric motors are used in a wide variety of applications in almost every industry because they are cleaner and less expensive to run than fuel-powered motors. They are still able to run at high speeds and effectively produce mechanical power; however it will be in much smaller amounts compared to larger electric motors.

Small motors or miniature motors are typically used in welding, small centrifuge devices, pitching machines, wheel chairs, door openers, pumps, and frozen yogurt machines. Another common use of small electric motors is in the automobile accessory industry in which FHP motors are used to power devices such as electric windows, windscreen wipers, mirrors and locking systems. In some cases, motors can still be classified as fractional horsepower motors even if the horsepower exceeds one unit.

This exception is based on the frame size standards set by NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association to determine if a motor qualifies as a NEMA motor or not. If the frame size of the motor is a 42, 48, or 56, the one horsepower guideline does not apply. Due to their size, it may at times be easier to simply replace a motor than to try and repair it, but as they are simple contraptions, small electric motors are reliable pieces of equipment when used for their intended purposes.

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