Measure Rotational Speed With an Oscilloscope

An oscilloscope can be used to accurately measure the rotational speed of a drill press or other workshop tool.

Step 1: Coil

Coil a wire around a nail.

Step 2: Magnet

Attach a magnet to the drill chuck. Set the coiled wire parallel to the magnet and hook up to the oscilloscope.

Step 3: Scope

When the magnet passes the wire it will create a small current that will appear on the scope.

Clocking 7.3 divisions at 5ms per division. 7.3 x 0.005 = 0.0365 seconds per revolution.

1 / 0.0365 = 27.4 revolutions per second.

27.4 x 60 = 1644 revolutions per minute.

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