Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

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Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by Nived » Mar 09 2019 4:03am

This seems to be the place for sevcon help and I could use some!

I've built a portable sawmill with a motenergy ME1012 and a sevcon gen4. Problem is I can't get the motor to spin... when I turn on the ignition the contactor closes and I get a solid green light on the sevcon. I switch to forward and rotate a 5k pot but nothing happens...

Please help

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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by Bernel » Mar 09 2019 11:24am

Hi,
We are going to need a bit more information, there are many things with a Sevcon that could cause this.
Do you have the software to diagnose and monitor the controller parameters?

Bernel

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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by Nived » Mar 10 2019 12:19pm

Hi Bernel, unfortunately I cannot afford to purchase the IXXAT and DVT software.

I was able to get the motor to spin slowly yesterday. I had not properly grounded the foot switch...

I noticed the battery voltage drop quite fast so I will add in more packs to keep up with the draw. Or maybe my 5k pot does not work properly for throttle signal?

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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by cricketo » Mar 10 2019 12:50pm

Nived wrote:
Mar 10 2019 12:19pm
Hi Bernel, unfortunately I cannot afford to purchase the IXXAT and DVT software.
See if you can rent one. I knew a place that offered such service, but looks like they closed shop now. Might be worth to look around for others.

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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by flat tire » Mar 10 2019 1:38pm

That sounds like a refreshing use of ev parts and you should post pictures. But, if you can't get the software and the setup isn't blessed by someone who can you probably picked the wrong controller.

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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by Nived » Mar 10 2019 6:42pm

Criketo, thanks for the tip on looking for a rental!

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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by Nived » Mar 10 2019 6:45pm

flat tire wrote:
Mar 10 2019 1:38pm
That sounds like a refreshing use of ev parts and you should post pictures. But, if you can't get the software and the setup isn't blessed by someone who can you probably picked the wrong controller.
At this point I do regret buying a sevcon... I was not aware when purchasing the controller that the software and dongle would cost more than the controller

I've attached a picture of the sawmill. Hope to be cutting lumber this summer!
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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by Mandres » Apr 20 2019 11:58pm

Awesome project 👍. I can't offer much help with the sevcon, except maybe to contact frodus if he's still able to help out hobbyists on a non commercial basis. Otherwise, something like a golf cart controller might be a better match? Please update as you go, I think a battery powered sawmill is a really cool idea

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Re: Sevcon gen4 with motenergy motor for a sawmill. Solid green no spin

Post by nospin » Jul 23 2019 12:20pm

You get it working?

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