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Foot-Operated Motor


A metal cylinder with paddles on opposite sides. The paddles can move left or right of the central position. There is a handle on top. A 1.5m long power cord protrudes from the bottom.

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Primary Materials: Metal, Rubber


On the side there is a label “Volts 110 Cycles 25 Watts 150 Serial No. 1005 H.E.P.C / Approval No. 1014 / Use only with wall or base receptacle”.

Dimensions (cm): Height = 12cm, Diameter = 16.5


Manufactured by a company that also manufactured dental apparatus, this is a motor designed to be controlled by the feet.

Condition: Fair. Parts of the metal are rusted.

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National Refining Co. Ltd. Toronto Canada

Date of Manufacture: c. 1930s


University of Toronto Department of Physics

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Compare with similar object, also made the National Refining Company, at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum: <a href=>Foot-Operated Motor.</a>

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