Come See Us at BusCon, September 23 - 25!

If you’re going to Indianapolis for BusCon, stop by to visit AM Equipment at booth #321. We’ll be demonstrating our controlled motion solutions for applications such as wheelchair lifts and mobility, sliding door opening/closing, bay door lifting/lowering, locking/unlocking mechanisms, and windshield wiper systems.

The possibilities don’t stop there, though—you can rely on our engineering team to tailor a creative solution for your application!

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At our booth, you can see samples of a belt drive, a door locking/unlocking mechanism, a sliding door, OEM and replacement windshield wiper arms, and a stair step or bay door mechanism. If you’ve got a tricky application you’d like to motorize, we’ve got ideas!

Introducing Our New 240 Series 40 Nm DC Gear Motor!

Meet the newest addition to AM Equipment’s motor line-up: the 240 Series. Our engineering team has been hard at work designing this little workhorse. It is our first 100% Made in USA motor—made right at home in Jefferson, Oregon, in fact!

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What sets the 240 Series apart? It is a dynamic park wiper motor with up to 40 Nm stall torque, available in either 12 V or 24 V. With the 65:1 reduction ratio, it offers superior torque. The motor has extended brush life because of the longer brush length and improved compound, increasing overall longevity.

Right now, basic versions of the 240 Series are available online, but keep an eye out for extra variations suitable for more applications in the near future!

Featured Product: Motor Cover for 212 Series

Searching for an attractive and effective motor / cover combo? Look no further!

We offer two different covers for our 212 Series DC Gear Motor: one with an integrated rocker switch and wire harness and one without. This is a great way to streamline the look and functionality of your 212 motor while still fitting in a small installation envelope.

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Just as a reminder, here are some reasons our 212 motor is so useful:

  • Small yet tough! Fits in areas with limited space.

  • Single-speed, 12 Nm stall torque, 12 V or 24 V.

  • Various sweep angles and pivot shaft lengths available. So many options!

  • Lightweight! Won’t weigh down your finished product.

An added bonus: the motor cover with switch enables selection of clockwise or counterclockwise park position, depending on wiring.

AM Equipment's New President

As of July 30, 2019, AM Equipment has a new President. We’re proud to announce the promotion of Vice President Sidney Chase to this new role.

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Sidney joined AM Equipment in May, 2018. In one short year, she’s made an incredible impact as a Program Manager, overseeing our Manufacturing and Engineering teams. Sidney improved and expanded our use of metrics and accountability, helped us codify systems, and provided knowledgeable guidance within the leadership team.

Owner Ted Powell says, “President Sidney Chase brings a new awakening of growth goals to AM Equipment. The ground rules have changed, but the culture of customer care and employee care has not wavered. Necessary long-term changes are transformational and, frankly, exciting! We are an old reliable friend with fresh offerings that power new relevant products. We are now showing higher economic value to visionary makers globally.”

We are confident Sidney will expertly lead AM Equipment through our next phases of growth and improvement. We’re also grateful her bottomless candy bowl will stay firmly planted on the President’s desk.

Sidney says, “I’m pleased and honored to accept the responsibility of president of AM Equipment. I’m eager to work with our Board of Directors, and the wonderful AME team to continue to drive our business transformation and growth into the next decade.”

Congratulations Sidney!

Demystification: Framed vs Frameless Windshield Wiper Blades

We sell both framed and frameless windshield wiper blades in our online shop. So, what’s the difference? For many applications, not much. It often comes down to a matter of aesthetics. Do you like the clean profile of a single bar? Choose frameless. Do you prefer the high-performance look of a framed blade? Great.

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That said, there are a few differences.

Framed Wiper Blades:

  • Available up to 52” in length

  • Require slightly less force to stay on windshield

Frameless Wiper Blades:

  • Available up to 32” in length

  • Include less steel, so can be beneficial in marine environments to avoid rust

  • Frequently preferred for RVs because they offer a streamlined appearance and don’t stand out against the tinted part of the windshield glass when at park

Whichever wiper blades you choose, note that all AM Equipment blades come with a protective plastic cover over the rubber portion. This cover ensures a longer lifespan for the rubber, plus it protects the graphite coating, which helps the blades travel smoothly across the glass. Don’t forget to remove the cover before use!

Sample Application: Door Lock Mechanism

Quick, name all the door types that might need automated locking mechanisms:

  • Vehicle doors

  • Cargo bay doors on buses or RVs

  • Autonomous vehicle compartment doors

  • Those doors between the driver and the packages in delivery trucks

  • Work truck rear or side doors

  • Safes? Big safes?

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There are countless varieties of doors requiring automatic locks, right? If you have an application that needs an automated locking mechanism, we can provide a motion control system for you. Take a look at our 214 Series DC Gear Motor (now on sale!), which will power your automatic door locks and a whole host of other applications.




Find Road Trip Essentials In Our RV Replacement Parts Guide

Whether you’re headed out on a national park tour, a desert road trip, or doing some camping in the mountains, ensure your RV is road-worthy before you go. From our perspective, that means excellent visibility! You never know when you’ll hit a summer storm, extra dust, or pesky insects, so check that your windshield wiper system is in tip top shape before you hit the road.

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Maybe you just need some fresh windshield wiper bladesinspect them every six months!

Maybe your whole windshield wiper system is on the fritz and you need a motor, wiper arms, and blades. To make replacement as easy as possible, we created an RV Replacement Parts Guide where you can look up your coach by make, model, and year to find the correct motor, arms, and blades.

For the sake of your safety and the excellent views, keep that windshield clear!

Sample Application: Automatic Gate Openers

Have you ever encountered those fancy automatic gates? You know the ones - maybe they lead to a parking lot, a warehouse, a movie studio, or a private drive. Well, AM Equipment makes the DC gear motors to power those gates.

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AM Equipment provides controlled motion solutions for varied applications, including automatic gates. Our 226 Series Long Life DC gear motors are weather-resistant and durable—ideal for outdoor settings. These are high-torque motors that can easily handle tough tasks like operating gates.

Another bonus? Since the 226 Series are 12 V or 24 V DC motors, they can be used in remote locations and operated with solar power.

Customer Spotlight: Sutter Buttes Manufacturing

AM Equipment windshield wiper systems clear the glass on many Sutter Buttes Manufacturing orchard tractor cabs, including their award-winning SBM – Low Pro Cab 532. This sweet cab, made for Case and New Holland Orchard Tractors, recently took home 2019 World Ag Expo Top 10 New Product honors!

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The SBM Low Pro Cab is specifically designed for driver comfort and safety. It is for use in almond, walnut, and other orchards and features a welded unibody rollover-protection structure. Sutter Buttes Manufacturing loaded this cab with all the amenities: AC, ergonomic controls, radio, bullet-proof glass, work lights, limb lifters, and, of course, AM Equipment windshield wiper systems.

For this application, we provide our 212 Series DC gear motor with a radial standard duty wiper arm. This set-up is ideal for these orchard cabs because of the simple installation, no pinch points inside the cab, reduced snag points on the wiper arm, and adjustable arm length.

We’re proud to supply wiper systems to this innovative and quality-driven company. Congratulations on the award, Sutter Buttes Manufacturing!

5:1 Gear Box & 214 Series Motor Assembly

AM Equipment’s gear box and motor assembly makes light work of many tough applications, such as deploying and retracting powered steps, lifting and lowering bay doors, and opening and closing sliding doors. This motor and gear package features an output shaft supported with dual ball bearings to increase strength and durability.

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Our gear box features a 5:1 gear ratio and comes standard with over center locking linkage. Custom linkages are available, or it can be ordered without linkage. This combination includes our 214 Series 14 Nm DC gear motor, which is 12 V.

An added bonus? The system is engineered and assembled in the USA!

214 Series DC Gear Motors - So Many Applications!

AM Equipment’s 214 Series features make it perfectly suited for a huge range applications.  Because of the 214’s unique bushing system and power take-off shaft, it can handle heavier side loads than competitors’ motors.  The result?  It is perfect for driving a gearbox, linear actuator, or rotary actuator.

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Sample Applications:

  • Opening/closing valves

  • Locking doors

  • Powering gates

  • Opening/closing greenhouse windows

  • Enabling the mobility industry

  • Opening/closing RV or bus doors

  • Opening/closing RV or bus compartments

  • Deploying/retracting hose reels

  • Lifting/lowering beds in RVs or toy haulers

  • Deploying/retracting powered steps

214 Series Features:

  • 14 Nm stall torque

  • 90 rpm no-load

  • Offset bolt pattern for use with sprockets and drives

  • Self-locking

  • Resists backdrive

  • Internal circuit breaker protected

  • 10 mm diameter double flat power take-off shaft

  • Power take-off shaft extends from motor housing plane

  • Waterproof connector

AM Equipment at FDIC International

AM Equipment’s windshield wiper systems were well represented at the recent FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) International in Indianapolis, Indiana. While walking the floors, our team noticed the following familiar products:

AM Equipment’s  Heavy Duty Wiper System  on a Spartan Cab

AM Equipment’s Heavy Duty Wiper System on a Spartan Cab

AM Equipment’s Overlapping  Commercial Duty Wiper System  on an Avenger Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s Overlapping Commercial Duty Wiper System on an Avenger Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s  3-Pivot Opposed System  on a Warrior Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s 3-Pivot Opposed System on a Warrior Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s  Heavy Duty Wiper System  on an EONE Cab

AM Equipment’s Heavy Duty Wiper System on an EONE Cab

Need a windshield wiper system solution for your vehicle? Get in touch!

Customer Spotlight: Indi Igeniería y Diseño

Indi Engineering and Design is a group in Monterrey, Mexico. Indi is directed by Jesus Tamez-Duque, who graduated from Tec de Monterrey. Their main focus is to create products that make life easier for others.

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One of Indi’s spotlight products has the challenge to designing an affordable pediatric exoskeleton. In order to have the whole world’s input, Indi has made the exoskeleton, named Alice, an open source program. Alice will help kids walk on their own two feet. In addition to Alice, a second project is being worked on that will help support and move a single knee, named Aknee (pronounced Annie).

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Thinking out of the box led Indi to our AM Equipment’s 226 series DC gear motor. Our motor meets all of their requirements; power, two way rotation, availability, and price. Additional features like electronic locking, metal gear, and low amperage draw just add icing to the cake!

What awesome product can you design using one, or multiple, of AM Equipment’s motors?

-By Rafael Pantoja

Visit AM Equipment at the Work Truck Show, March 5-8!

Headed to Indianapolis for the Work Truck Show? Stop by AM Equipment’s booth, #5561 to see our motion solutions in action. We’ll be demonstrating our rotary and linear actuators for a whole range of applications, such as lift gates, van ramps, hose reels, truck bed slides, and windshield wiper systems.

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Sample Application: Van Ramps for Accessibility

You know AM Equipment specializes in linear and rotary actuators, right? Well, as it happens, our DC gear motors work quite well in many accessibility applications, including van ramps. They can deploy and retract ramps like nobody’s business.

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Maybe you’re outfitting vans for wheelchair users. Maybe you’re tricking out vehicles for mobile DJ equipment and want to offer your customers easy loading/unloading options… who knows? Either way, our DC gear motors are a top-notch controlled motion solution for your application. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

AM Equipment Wiper Systems on the NUTMobile!

Did you catch the Super Bowl? More importantly, did you watch the great commercials during the big game? If so, you probably noticed the Planters ad featuring Mr. Peanut careening through the streets in his NUTMobile, rushing to save Alex Rodriguez from sub-par snacks, passing Charlie Sheen on the way.

Guess whose wiper system cleared the windshield for Mr. Peanut… AM Equipment’s!!!

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Our Applications CAD Specialist, Rene Widger, worked with our customer to design a system specifically for the NUTMobile, and the whole Super Bowl-watching nation saw it! The NUTMobile uses two of our 230 Unitized Assemblies with 21” Commercial Duty Wiper Arms and 20” Wiper Blades.

Great job, Rene! We’ve never seen a nuttier application of our wiper systems (groan).

Sample Application: Automated Hose Reels

Our new 240 Series Long Life Motor is tailor made for tasks like deploying and retracting hose reels. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether you’re using hoses, cables, or cords—our motor will handle them all with ease. Oh! And your hose reel could be mounted in the back of your truck or freestanding. Either way works for the Long Life Motor.

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What’s so special about AM Equipment’s Long Life Motor for this application? The 40 Nm of stall torque can withstand the sustained workload required when extending or retracting a long cable, plus there’s an encoded option.

Sound interesting? Find more details or ask our team how the Long Life Motor can work for you.

Sample Application: Lift / Lower Catering Truck Awnings

Catering trucks are the Swiss army knives of the restaurant world: every element serves multiple functions in a tiny footprint. Case in point: awnings. By day, they shade customers from the elements; by night, they lock down tight to protect the truck from intrusion.

How best to open and close those awnings? With either our new 240 Series Long Life DC gear motor or our 214 Series DC gear motor, of course!

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AM Equipment’s Long Life Motors are an excellent option for this application because we can produce them to meet specific torque and speed requirements. That means they can lift various sizes of awnings, windows, or doors.

P.S. We also provide windshield wiper systems for catering trucks!

Looking for a 208 Series Motor? Try the 212 Series!

We’re streamlining our motor offerings, and to that end, we recently discontinued the 208 Series DC gear motors. Our 212 Series DC gear motors serve as direct replacements for 208s, but with more features (we know you love features).

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Here’s the nitty-gritty of the 212s as 208 replacements:

  • Still fit in small installation envelopes

  • Motor bracket replicates hole pattern of 208s for easy replacement

  • Both motors are single speed, clockwise or counterclockwise park

  • 212 Series motors park in the opposite direction from 208 Series; to maintain the same park position, use this wire harness if you have a plug-in harness

  • 212s have more torque, so they can run longer windshield wiper arm and blade combos

  • 212s are compatible with our motor covers (with and without rocker switch)

Find out more about the small-yet-mighty 212 Series DC gear motor assembly, or pop one in your shopping cart!

Sample Application: Windshield Wiper Systems for Snowplows

Winter wonderland or traffic nightmare?

By definition, snowplows operate in the worst weather. They’re out clearing streets so the rest of us can travel safely. At the same time, AM Equipment long-life wiper systems clear snowplow windshields so the drivers can see what they’re doing.

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Our wiper assemblies maximize visibility for snowplow drivers in all conditions and exceed SAE standards.  Since we use rigorous testing and quality control protocols, we offer the longest warranty in the industry:  two years.

AM Equipment windshield wiper systems can be engineered to resist oil, water, sand, and all types of weather—let us know what you need for your application!