I've been tasked to design an oscillator for a fan unit and I must confess this is really not my forte. I have the bar linkage worked out but I need help selecting a linear actuator. Basic requirements are to rotate a head that weights approximately 200lbs. I'm guessing the speed of the actuator to be around .5-1.0 in/sec. In a perfect world the duty cycle would be 100% but I know I'm going to have to let it rest some. I've found some 1500lb capacity, .5in/sec, 36VDC actuators for around $200. Does this seem reasonable? Are there other parameters I need to be considering in my selection? Thanks!
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