The GM8 is essentially a 143:1 version of the GM2 gearmotor. If you want a bit more speed than what the GM2 will give you, this is the motor for you!
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This 143:1 gearmotor (gearbox with brushed DC motor) is a faster version of the GM2 gearmotor. It is a great low-cost alternative to modified hobby servos or Tamiya gearboxes. The low-current motor is a perfect match for our qik 2s9v1 dual serial motor controller, and the compact size makes this unit an attractive choice for small robot designs.
This gearmotor comes pre-assembled, with the gears fully enclosed. There are built-in mounting holes, and the output shaft is 7 mm in diameter with two sides flattened. Please note that the output shaft is slightly shorter than on the GM2 and GM3 gearmotors. Also, the green end of the output shaft should not be used (it is difficult to get to, anyway). This motor also comes with a built-in safety clutch.
Compatible products include a custom-molded GMPW plastic wheel, and the Solarbotics GMW motor mount, which can be used as a wheel itself or as a mounting point for other wheels or mechanisms. Solarbotics makes a mounting bracket that works with this motor, and our L-brackets and extended L-brackets for plastic gearmotors are also compatible with this motor (though you might need longer screws than the ones included with the Pololu brackets).
For similar gearmotors, you might want to take a look at:
- Less expensive: Pololu 120:1 plastic gearmotor offset output
- Higher torque: GM2 gearmotor
- 90 degree output shaft: GM9 gearmotor
- Smaller: GM6 gearmotor
- Description: Offset/inline
- Gear ratio: 143:1
- 3 V Operation:
- No-load RPM: ~ 40
- No-load current: ~ 50 mA
- Stall current: ~ 400 mA
- Stall torque: ~ 44 oz-in
- 6 V Operation:
- No-load RPM: ~ 78
- No-load current: ~ 52 mA
- Stall current: ~ 700 mA
- Stall torque: ~ 76 oz-in
- Weight: 32 g
|Solarbotics GM8 gearmotor dimensions (in mm).|
Though the product picture shows two gearmotors, this product is for a single motor.
People often buy this product together with:
|Tamiya 70144 Ball Caster Kit (2 casters)|
|Solarbotics GMB28 (GM2/GM8 Gear Motor Bracket, Laser-Cut Steel)|
|Solarbotics GMPW-R Red Wheel|