So I had an ad out on our local Freecycle group asking if anyone had a treadmill they wanted to get rid of. Normally, treadmills have DC motors between 1 and 3 HP in size. It’d be real easy to start with one of those just to get a feel for the project. Got a hit back! I have to go pick it up on my way home from work.
FreeCycle is a great project. The one for my rural area is pretty active – both on the giving side, and the receiving side.