Mini Metal Gearmotor 100:1

Replacement:ROB-12008. Our new gearmotors have a gear ratio of 105:1 and 152 RPM, go check them out! This page is for reference only.

This motor has a 0.275" (7 mm) D-shaped metal output shaft that matches the Pololu wheel 42x19mm and 32x7mm. The face plate has two mounting holes threaded for M2 screws.

These motors are intended for use at 6 V. In general, these kinds of motors can run at voltages above and below this nominal voltage, so they should comfortably operate in the 3 – 9 V range. Lower voltages might not be practical, and higher voltages could start negatively affecting the life of the motor.

  • 100:1 gear ratio
  • 140rpm @6V
  • 60mA @ 6V
  • 26 oz inches torque @6V

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  • For anyone who was interested, the torque on this unit (at 6V) comes out to about 0.1059 Nm.

  • nickm50 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hi, just wondering, why were these retired? You guys still seem to carry the motor mounts for these motors.

  • Kalki / about 10 years ago / 1

    has anyone tried to calculate the Voltage and Torque constant?

  • Member #123243 / about 11 years ago / 1

    It seems that 26 oz inches for torque @6V is not correct. From the datasheet we have Rated Torque = 0.3 kgcm. Since 1 kgcm = 13.9 oz-in then it will be 4.2 oz-in for Rated Torque. You can check it here.

  • Member #103420 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Has anyone run one (or more) of these off a single cell 3.7 LiPo? Thanks!

  • Member #433232 / about 11 years ago / 1

    If I use 2 of these on the back of a vehicle, how should I mount the front 2 wheels? Where can I buy a shaft that works.

  • opensourcerer / about 11 years ago / 1

    the units are in millimeters, right?

  • Snacks / about 11 years ago / 1

    Does Sparkfun sell the screws that fit the holes on the faceplate?

  • Yendor / about 12 years ago / 1

    Will the Pololu Wheel Encoder (ROB-09208) fit on this motor?

  • Anyone know if the gearbox on these is plantary or series geared?

    • TomBot / about 11 years ago / 1

      I just took one apart - they're series. Several brass gears, metal pinion on the motor, a bunch of yellowish grease. (Best to hold the shaft downwards as you do this.)

      • Kalki / about 10 years ago / 1

        hey Tom, by any chance do you remember the radius of the pinion?;-)

  • OtisByron / about 12 years ago / 1

    Could you use this to make a hand crank charger?

  • Jamo / about 12 years ago / 1

    Does anyone know how much these weigh?

  • CJ_arduino / about 13 years ago / 1

    Is this compatible with the "Micro Metal Gearmotor Bracket"?

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

      No. I believe that bracket is designed to fit the geared motors.

      • CJ_arduino / about 13 years ago / 1

        Thank you. Are there any other mounting kits that will do the job or do I need to design one?
        Also, if you look at the drawings, the height on the unit looks to be 12mm, and the width to be 15.5mm, which are only .5mm larger than the brackets... would it fit if it was shaved down?
        Any help is appreciated, thank you.

        • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

          Unless you plan on sending this into space, some hot glue (preferably high temperature) or double sided foam tape should work just fine.
          Shaving it down may be risky, but it's worth a shot.

          • A_Pickle / about 12 years ago / 1

            It's funny that you mention "sending this into space." Would they work in space? Would they work at, say, 90-100,000 feet, by any chance?

            • TomBot / about 11 years ago / 1

              My guess is the main issue would be temperature extremes, if stuff contracted at different rates it could seize. Datasheet says okay down to -10 C. Though, meh, I bet it's fine.

            • MikeGrusin / about 12 years ago / 1

              These were not designed to be sent into space, which doesn't mean they automatically won't work, but it does mean that it's up to you to determine that, by doing it or testing it in as close an environment as you can manage (dry ice, vacuum, etc.)

          • CJ_arduino / about 13 years ago / 1

            Haha, this will definitely stay on planet earth :P. I'll see what I can do. Thank you.

  • pcrockett / about 13 years ago / 1

    I've looked at a few similar motors, and I can't find a datasheet for them. Where are they?

  • Scrotie McBoogerballs / about 13 years ago / 1

    Is the 140 rpm the output rotation or the rotation inside the motor?

    • if 140rpm is inside the motor that makes output to be 1.4rpm,so if you use 42mm wheel then your vehicle is gonna gonna cover 58.8mm in one minute so to cover 1 meter it would take app 17 minutes right

      • Member #97744 / about 13 years ago / 1

        I believe that the 140rpm is actually output shaft RPM. A few pieces of evidence supporting this are: the Mini Metal 24:1 motor has a higher listed RPM and has the same internal motor connected to a different set of gears. Also, 1.4 RPM is extremely slow and would not support applications in hobby robots (which is what I believe this is target towards).

        • lol man this is exactly my point. i assumed that it's the output of motor not final shaft then proved it wrong as 1 meter in 17 minutes would be pretty scary :) i should have inserted a heading of conclusion. my bad

  • mini / about 14 years ago / 1

    What is the diameter of the output shaft?

    • Merana / about 13 years ago / 1

      From what the diagram shows, the output shaft diameter is 3mm round, while the flat is 0.5mm deep.

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