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Re: Reversing the rotation on a generator-How do you do it?

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04-19-2013 06:03:44

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Exactly, once the brushes get worn down at an angle due to the relatively loose fit in the brush holders if you reverse direction there can be problems. Brushes Ive replaced are worn at one angle based on direction of rotation. When all is new the brushes havent yet worn down to one angle however. Likweise the fan is moving air in one particular direcion but I doubt overheating problems, just cant say on that one.

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04-19-2013 07:07:41

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 Re: Reversing the rotation on a generator-How do you do it? in reply to John T, 04-19-2013 06:03:44  
There is much more to it than 'how brushes wear'. As I said earlier the armature reaction field will be in wrong position, resulting in insufficient output, excessive brush arcing, etc. A different design for CW VS CCW rotation. The illustration shows the brush lead.

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John T

04-19-2013 07:27:17

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 Re: Reversing the rotation on a generator-How do you do it? in reply to JMOR, 04-19-2013 07:07:41  

At the very least it could help and maybe work if the brushes were removed and reversed 180 so the angle would be more in line. An old genny I have down in the shop has the brushes like 90 degrees up to the commutator (unlike your first drawing more like second) and its brush wear has only a slight angle due more to the fact that the brushes arent fit prefectly tight into the holders. Of course I have no idea of that gennys model nor the one the poster has nor the one in your picture etc etc so I just cant say sittin here how well his will work, but at the least I can continue to say there could be a problem due to brush angle, regardless if his brushes are perpendicular or angled and at the least Id consider reversing the brushes 180 in their holders or install a new set that hasnt worn into any sharp angle and that could indeed work. Or if his brushes havent yet worn too much of an angle and are closer to perpendicular HECK IT MAY BE OKAY AS IS LOL


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