I would go the variable speed drill direction.  Lee, from my experience SCRs 
have a tendency to false trigger on noise.  I was burn a few times.  I remember 
using a GE SCR for an alarm circuit.  I could not get it from false triggering. 
 I talked to the SCR designer at GE and he never could come up with an answer.  
I redesigned using transistors and NAND gate chip and everything was OK.   
Another possible choose is to look on the web for a motor speed controller kit. 
 I think Jameco makes a kit.  One time, I purchased a motor controller from a 
local surplus store.  I suggest looking for a controller that works .... forget 
a one off design.

From: EV <ev-boun...@lists.evdl.org> on behalf of Jan Steinman via EV 
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2018 4:58 PM
To: ev@lists.evdl.org
Cc: Jan Steinman
Subject: Re: [EVDL] Cheap DC motor control anyone?

> From: Lee Hart <leeah...@earthlink.net>
> David Chapman via EV wrote:
>> Lee I really appreciate the lead
>> on the GE handbook, I downloaded it and indeed that circuit on pg 293
>> looks perfect for this project…

So, it sounds like one of the goals of the project is to put something together 
from components?

Because I thought Lee’s idea of finding a variable-speed electric drill at a 
thrift store or yard sale was really an excellent idea.

You can probably do so for less than the costs of buying components, especially 
if you’re going to pay “single piece” shipping on them.

And the drill speed control has the advantage of having been designed for motor 
speed control. Newer ones even use pulse-width-modulation, which you can tell 
if it makes a squealing or whistling sound at low speed. That sort of 
controller is going to give you the best low-speed control, with lots more 

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