An electric motor is a machine that converts electrical energy to mechanical power. Modern agriculture is heavily dependent on the use of electric motors. Managers of agricultural production systems should know the common types of motors and be able to select the correct motor. Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to design motors to meet the needs of agriculture. The life of an electric motor is determined by how well the motor is matched to the job and the service environment. The following sections will discuss the characteristics and uses of 120/240-V, single phase motors.

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