Can Motor Torque: Lack Of.

Guys,
I've recently found that some 12 V. DC can motors have *very* little torque when compared to the older open-framed sort, and it seems that
even the can motors themselves vary quite a bit in torque from one model of motor to another. In fact, three of my can-motored steam locos have so little torque that you can easily stop the drivers just by pressing on them lightly with a cotton swab while you're cleaning them. (This doesn't harm the motor; just stalls it until you release the tension.)
Needlessly to say, this lack of torque severely limits the number of cars these 3 locos can pull, and I'd have already replaced the motors except that I've not been able to find anyone who sells can motors that lists their stalling torque! All that seems to be available are their dimensions and their maximum RPMs at 12 V.
So, that being the case, can anyone think of an easy way to test the stalling torque of a small electric motor, or do I just have to grab the driveshafts of the different motors and see if I can feel any difference?
A small meter such as this seems as if it would be a natural for some company such as Micro-Mark, but I can't recall ever having seen one.
Thanx,
~Pete
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On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:50:56 -0800, Twibil wrote:

Looking at a Micro Mark catalog p77 #82884 - flat can motor stall torque @12v 160gm-cm/1.5a

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Thank you, Ray; that's one.
But until all or most suppliers give similar ratings what I really need is a method to test motors against each other in order to find out how they compare.
~Pete
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On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:03:56 -0800, Twibil wrote:

Understood. Too bad they don't list manufacturer - I would expect it would be easy to get info from them.
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Twibil wrote:

The simplest torque meter woulg be a beam (stripwood, plastic) you could mount on the motor shaft. (at the center of the strip) You could then hang small weights on the end which would give you gram/mm or inch/ounces of stall torque. You would probably need a separate piece of strip for each shaft diameter and a screw to lock it in place. A rough and ready assembly would probably give you a result within 10% of the correct figure, which would be close enough and far better than the finger squeeze test :-) For 99% accuracy you'd need the top surface of the strip where you hang the weights in line with the center of the shaft.
Regards, Greg.P. NZ
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