View Full Version : How many amps does Leslie motor draw?
10-29-2011, 11:08 PM
I'm looking for a relay to control Leslie motors from an older Leslie motor. (I'll be posting soon with a DIY fishstick-like project, once I work out a few details.)
I looked at one motor and I think the sticker says 65 amps. But it could be 6.5.
10-29-2011, 11:52 PM
6.5 amps??? That sounds way off - would help if you posted a photo though. I believe the small/slow motor draws a little less than one amp, and the larger fast motor about 1.5 amps. I know in the solid-state Leslies that fused the motor power, the fuse was 2.5 amps IIRC (to account for two motors running at once). You will notice in the Classic leslies like the 147 the motor power is not fused. Anyway, with a relay you should aim higher than the minimum power draw to account for surges, etc. Maybe double what you will really need, or more. If you are using mechanical relays (as opposed to solid-state relays) the cost difference is not much at all.
10-30-2011, 12:19 AM
Upon further inspection and more importantly in much better light, looking at both the upper and lower motors from my Leslie 44W, it is point six five amps. (.65) One has a cloth sticker, the other a metal tag with the numbers stamped into it.
Cost shouldn't be much of an issue. I have a couple relays that work, that I have had in my prototype that I threw together. Similar are available for around $10 each. I think I could find something else that would be less expensive and still well within spec and I hope quality.
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