The Solarbotics GM18 30:1 mini metal gear motor is a compact (1.14" x 0.39" x 0.47") brushed DC motor with metal gears, similar to the Sanyo motors such as NA2S, NA3S, and NA4S. The major difference is that these Sanyo motor look-a-likes have brass front faceplates (not steel ones), and cost less.
Discontinuation notice: We will be discontinuing these gearmotors when the remaining stock is gone. Please consider our micro metal gearmotors for a wide selection of alternative gearmotors with the same form factor (but longer output shafts).
These miniature brushed DC metal gear motors have 3 mm diameter output shafts that mate fairly well with any 1/8-inch hole output device, including the Solarbotics RW2 high-traction rubber wheels. Alternatively, you can use the Pololu universal mounting hub to mount custom wheels and mechanism to the micro metal gearmotor’s output shaft.
The brass faceplates have two mounting holes threaded for 1.7 (dia) x 0.35 (mm/thd) x 4mm long screws (M1.7 × 4 mm), or you can use our mounting bracket, which is specifically designed to securely mount the gearmotor while enclosing the exposed gears.
These small motors come in a variety of gear ratios, have a compact size (1.14" x 0.39" x 0.47"), and weigh only 0.29 oz, making them a great choice for small robot designs — and controlling these low-current motors is a snap with our qik 2s9v1 dual serial motor controller.
Specs for the Solarbotics mini metal gearmotors running at 6 V:
Specs for the similar, less expensive Pololu metal gearmotors running at 6 V:
Note: These gearmotors do not come with mounting hardware, instructions, or packaging. The brass faceplate has two mounting holes threaded for 1.7 (dia) x 0.35 (mm/thd) x 4mm long screws (M1.7 × 4 mm), and our micro metal gearmotor bracket (sold separately) gives you even more mounting options.
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