Today I received an email about a simple DIY washing machine I put up on you tube at channel ‘georgeutterpower’.
The washer uses a Honda Auto Wiper Motor, and borrows the bell crank and one of the rods with end fittings that drove the wiper bell crank.
Here’s the email:
Name: Dean Jones
Subject: 12V 5 gal washing machine
Message: Hello, I loved the video about the 12V 5 gallon bucket washing machine. Do you have more info on this or sell plans to build this?
Did you bolt a “hub” onto the windshield wiper motor with the “arm”
hooked to it?
What kind of turntable did you use– a lazy susan?
Also, inside of the bucket, it looks like there is some kind of board hooked to the side of the bucket…is that a baffle or similar?
If you sell plans for this with a detailed view of the turntable/motor I’d sure like to buy them.
(george) Thanks Dean, as with about anything I build, I always know that the second one would be far different. One improvement would be the turn table itself, it should be made like a spoked wheel having four spokes and ends turned up to hold a standard 5 gallon bucket. Cutting a platter as I did out of sheet steel is a waste of time, effort and material.
The turn table hub is no more than a piece of round stock with a hole bored to fit the post on which it sets, one can simply lift it free to grease it, or add a grease fitting if you see your use will be high. Yes, it is best to have the hub and spokes welded, and a mig welder could be a handy tool in building yours. This is a great washer for shop rags, and even small parts cleaning. Off grid, it runs well directly off a solar panel, or plug it into the cigarette DC outlet in a car or truck, and clean your clothes and more..
Picture the arm from the motor attached to a rod, that rod simply attached at a point you choose under the turn table (a spoke) at a point that will move the bucket back and forth. Closer in creates more travel, less torque.
We should all note the ‘hits’ this simple idea got on youtube compared to others at georgeutterpower.
As for the bucket itself, you need add some agitators inside, plastic wood or aluminum angle bolted inside work, and your imagination might cause you to cut up another bucket and allow just enough heat to ‘slump’ pieces of a second bucket into an angle shape you might pop rivet (alum or stainless) to the inside of your wash bucket.
And now the question, what would a kit sell for? I figure those people who would make the effort to pull a wiper motor from a wrecked vehicle would have the skills and tools to do the rest. So a kit offer would need the hub manufactured, AND a wiper motor and other parts as part of the kit. Dean, I hope you will comment here, and offer your opinion, you need not share who or where you are.. but then again, if you have a business and care to mention it here, go ahead!