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post #1 of 10 Old 01-03-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Being that I am lazy…

One thing I have always hated is shaking paint cans. Consequently, I usually don’t shake them enough so I built a powered shaker to do the work.

The shaker is made from a vertical shaft B&S engine off of a push mower. The owner of the mower hit a steel pipe sticking up and bent the crankshaft. He got a new mower and I got the junk.

I mounted the engine sideways on a wood platform and installed a pulley where the flywheel goes. Removed the head and mounted the can holder to the piston. I removed the oil ring from the piston but left the compression rings in. It is powered by a 1/6 HP electric motor at 1725 RPMs.

Being that the vertical engine is now mounted horizontal I still need to seal the crank case holes and make an oil slinger at the bottom of the rod. For now I just hand oil the moving parts.

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-03-2012, 03:00 PM
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Awesome. It might work better if you put the paint can upside down.
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Awesome. It might work better if you put the paint can upside down.
There is a small nut sticking up under the can that holds the bottom plate to the rod in the piston. Being that all aerosol cans have a concave bottom that clears the nut, (at least all the paint can I have do) I figured this would not be a problem. In order to turn the can over I would have to mount the lower plate differently.

Seems to work good though as it is. The can in the shaker has been sitting around for at least 12 years. I usually have to throw away old paint cans but 5 minutes in the shaker and this one worked great.

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Great then.
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Ya' know, there's all kinds of thoughts come to mind, but I guess innovative fits best.
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Very ingenious to say the least! I have an old engine around here that I might rig up like that now that you have given me the idea. Recently I was doing a bit of rattlecan painting and most of the Rustoleum that I was using says to shake it for at least one minute.

Thanks for the idea!

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Shacking spary cans SUCK!!! Awesome idea
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Paint Shaker

Now that's thinking "Outside the box". Very novel ideal. I saw another one a while back, also unconventional. Replacement arm for a reciprocating saw. You put this adapter on in place of a blade and strap your can in and shake the heck out of it. Don't know anything else about it.
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Thanks for the comments guys and I have already made some changes. I liked the suggestion from Shryp about turning the can over. While I couldn’t do that I did ad some structure to the platform at a 90-degree angle at the shaker end. I can now turn the whole thing on end (electric motor up) and shake the can horizontally as well as vertically.

I also cut off the bent portion of the crankshaft closer to the case.

Forgot to mention total cost was $1.49 for the whole project. I was given the bad B&S engine and had everything else on hand except 2 foot of threaded rod for the can holder.

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That's just great and thanks for the video too. Without your resources I'm stuck with a purchased solution.
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