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Intro to Stepper Motors

If you've ever had the pleasure of dismantling an older printer to salvage electronic parts (I highly recommend this weekend activity if you haven't before!) you may have come across ...

1903 1/2hp Wagner repulsion start induction motor - The beast! Its a Heavy old monster of a 1/2hp motor. but true to repulsion induction motor form it doesnt even dim the lights in the room when it starts up! it has a loud magnetic hum when it runs. and the centrifugal switch is pretty loud as it snaps in and out. (photo by jdl44 from Flickr)