Post Number: 414
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|Posted on Saturday, 15 January, 2011 - 11:32 pm: ||
Anyone tried to add an electric motor to a manual recliner chair or sofa? When new it adds about £150 per seat position to buy an electric one as opposed to a manual one. But here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400185471863&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:GB:1123 (or enter eBay and search for item number 400185471863) is someone selling cheap recliner motors. Needs a 24V transformer and hand controller too but could make that for nothing from surplus.
Research on Chinese manufacturers' sites shows that identical looking actuators are made with different stoke lengths and output force/speed so there is no guarantee that this one is the exact one used on the electric version of my sofa. Also not clear if the electric version uses the same basic chair folding mechanism. There are spare holes in my mechanism that look like motor mounting holes. Would have to manufacture a lever to convert the linear actuator motion into a turning force to turn the mechanismís main pivot but could make this of a length that suits the stoke available.
All this is not very electronic but some have remote controls too.