Hojo Motor is a Scam!

The Hojo Motor is a scam.  If you purchased the Hojo Motor plans before reading this post, I'm sorry, you got scammed.  If you purchase the Hojo Motor plans after reading this post, you are dumb.  Plain and simple.  I'm sorry to use harsh words here, but sometimes it's necessary to be blunt in order to get your point across.

We've been down this path before, with the Magniwork scam.  In fact, Magniwork has been our most popular post, and has led us to post Renewable Energy Scams.  As you can see from that post, there is no shortage of scams out there trying to take advantage of the energy ignorant.

I don't care that on the web page for the Hojo plan they show some patents (see the bottom of this post for information regarding said patents) for a some kind of magnetic perpetual motion machine.  I'm not even going to get into the discussion on the laws of thermodynamics.  What I will tell you is if some kind of free energy generator was real, I would be the first person to have it.  You wouldn't hear about some free energy generator from some Google ad, you would hear about it because the President is talking about it on the world stage.  It would be the biggest breakthrough in the 21st century.  And you think you are going to buy some plans for $49.97?  (side note: ClickBank sells these plans along with many other scams, and they should be fined by the Federal Trade Commission)

Hank Mills wrote a great "Letter to Hojo Motor Plan Scammers" in which he stated:

Howard Johnson was a brilliant inventor. You got that one fact correct. However, his technologies were never fully developed, and were still very experimental when he died. Even if he was able to create motion in an experimental test rig (after hundreds or thousands of hours of work), it was not ready to power a home, an appliance, or even a very light load like a light bulb. The idea that someone could take plans for his device, and build a system capable of powering their home, is totally absurd. Unless of course, they had tens of thousands of dollars to spend, months to experiment just to make a motor self-sustain, and even more time and money to do the research and development needed to do anything practical with it.

Don't think we know what we're talking about?  Fine, buy the plans and make a fool of yourself.  For everyone else out there, focus your time on conserving energyproducing real clean energy, and living more sustainably.


Regarding the Patent Claims, below is what I received from a friend who is a patent attorney:

First, if he got a patent on this "secret" invention that was just released, then it couldn't have been secret, since getting a patent means publicly disclosing the invention.  Patents don't certify that free energy works, the patents simple certify that his magnetic motor works as a magnetic motor

Regarding the patents: I"ve pasted the first independent claim of each of the patents so you can start learning what patents really cover.  The claims are the legal bounds of the patent and define what the inventor is actually protecting.  As you will so, there is no language in any of these claims that says free energy, pertetual motion, etc.

4,151,431 patent expired in 1999.
It Claims: A permanent magnet motor comprising, in combination, a stator track defining a track direction and having first and second sides and composed of a plurality of track permanent magnets each having first and second poles of opposite polarity, said magnets being disposed in side-by-side relationship having a spacing between adjacent magnets and like poles defining said track sides, an elongated armature permanent magnet located on one of said track sides for relative movement thereto and in spaced relationship to said track side wherein an air gap exists between said armature magnet and said track magnets, said armature magnet having first and second poles of opposite polarity located at the opposite ends of said armature magnet defining the length thereof, the length of said armature magnet being disposed in a direction in general alignment with the direction of said track, the spacing of said armature magnet poles from said track associated side and the length of said armature magnet as related to the width and spacing of said track magnets in the direction of said track being such as to impose a continuous force on said armature magnet in said general direction of said track.

(THIS IS NOT CLAIMING A FREE ENERGY DEVICE, just a specific, very narrowly claimed type of motor)

4,877,983 Patent - expired in 2009
It Claims:
In combination with a movable armature, means for guiding movement of the armature along a predetermined path and a permanent armature magnet having magnetic poles of opposite polarity spaced from each other along said path to establish a magnetic field of limited extent movable with the armature and magnetic stator means for establishing a stationary magnetic flux zone along said path, the improvement comprising flux emitting surfaces of one polarity mounted on the stator means on opposite sides of said path for limiting said flux zone through which said path extends and means mounting the permanent armature magnet on the armature with the poles thereof orientated relative to said flux emitting surfaces on the stator means for unidirectionally propelling the armature along said path through the limited zone in response to magnetic interaction between the movable magnetic field and the limited flux zone, said magnetic stator means including a plurality of magnetic gate assemblies fixedly spaced from each other along said path and respectively establishing stationary magnetic fields, each of said gate assemblies including a plurality of interconnected bar magnets substantially bordering said limited flux zone exposing pole faces of opposite polarity in parallel spaced planes intersected by said path, and magnetic means connected to said interconnected bar magnets exposing one of the flux emitting surfaces of said one polarity perpendicular to said parallel planes for magnetic interaction of the stationary magnetic fields.

(AGAIN, NOT CLAIMING PERPETUAL MOTION, just a different motor configuration)

5,402,021 will expire 2015
It Claims:
A magnetic propulsion system comprising:

a vehicle having a rigidly attached magnetic armature, said magnetic armature including a first series of magnets positioned across said vehicle and extending generally from one lateral side of the vehicle to another lateral side of the vehicle, all of the magnets in said first series of magnets being generally parallel to one another;

a first magnetic wall disposed laterally adjacent said vehicle and extending longitudinally along a desired direction of vehicle travel, said first magnetic wall comprising a second series of magnets, each of the magnets in said second series having a particular size and a North-to-South axis pointing in the same direction as the desired direction of vehicle travel, each of said permanent magnets of said particular size in said second series being separated from the next successive permanent magnet in said second series by a thinner magnet, each of said thinner magnets having a pole-to-pole length which is shorter than the lateral width of said magnets of a particular size in said second series, said thinner magnets further having a North-to-South axis pointing perpendicular to the North-to-South axis of said magnets of a particular size in said second series and pointing generally toward a vehicle side of the first magnetic wall; and

a second magnetic wall disposed generally parallel to said first magnetic wall and laterally adjacent to said vehicle but opposite from said first magnetic wall, said second magnetic wall comprising a third series of magnets, each of said magnets in said third series having said particular size and a North-to-South axis pointing in an opposite direction from the desired direction of vehicle travel, each of the permanent magnets in said third series being separated from the next successive permanent magnet of said particular size in said third series by a thinner magnet, each of said thinner magnets in the second magnetic wall having a pole-to-pole length which is shorter than the lateral width of said magnets of a particular size in said third series, said thinner magnets in the second magnetic wall further having a North-to-South axis pointing in the same general direction as the North-to-South axis of the thinner magnets in the first magnetic wall;

wherein said first and second magnetic walls create magnetic fields which exert propelling forces on said armature and thereby cause the vehicle to accelerate in the desired direction of vehicle travel.

(claim and EXTREMELY narrow vehicle with some sort of magnetic propulsion motor, nothing more)

It is annoying how many people get up in arms about patents when they just take for granted what someone who is clearly also not a patent person tells them.  Always always always read the claims of the patent before making any comments about what the patent supposedly covers.

Click here to learn why perpetual motion free energy machines don't work.  Make any comments regarding perpetual motion on the post in the link.  You can make HoJo scam comments below.

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This is as close as you will get to "free" energy. And by free I mean you would be "free" from your local PUD. You still need to spend a pretty penny, and you will need to own 30 to 40 acres of forrested land. And have lots of time to chop wood. Remember to NOT use a chainsaw to do this because the point is to be "free" from big oil. At the end of the day, when earth's oil is depleted you will be the only one on your block who can still reheat your coffee in a microwave.
Chris, Wow you got me. I am a freemason and I do own $2500.00 of AEP stock
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Rob, great comment. We posted on the wood gasifiers and specifically the GEK units in our post <a href="" rel="nofollow">Electricity from Trees</a>.
What utter nonsense. Hundreds of millions have pounds (in fact, probably more) HAVE been invested over several decades researching 'free energy', 'cold fusion' and 'perpetual motion' machines. All this research has failed to find any evidence whatsoever that such a machine is even theoretically possible. Try reading 'Voodoo Science' by Robert Parks, which names several energy companies and even Universities who've spent well over ten million dollars (each) researching such ideas. Why on earth would energy companies want to supress such a device? Oil is expensive and quickly running out - any company who found a way of making free energy would make billions . Such a machine would be utterly revolutionary - it's impossible to emphasize that enough. It would overturn several of the most well established laws of science. As the article says, You wouldn't find out about it through some shady website. It'd be major news, with scientists falling over themselves to try and recreate such a machine themselves. The fact is, no amount or money or time will overcome that minor stumbling block of the FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS.
Stupid is as stupid does.............sad is as sad does
I built one of these and it does work. Ohhhh Crap! Wait a minute. That was a left handed smoke shifter. Never mind. Ha ha
Hi Mike, I first became aware of the HoJo motor last evening when a sales e-mail made me aware of its incredible benefits. As I understand it I could now have free electricity for life if I wanted, simply from plant I could build with parts from the local hardware shop, plus just a couple of days' work. In other words the technology is in place for perpetual motion with surplus power. So why hasn't electricity generation been taken up on a national scale? Who needs nuclear power? Best wishes Robert.
Anyone who believes this machine is possible needs a reality check.We live in a closed system, and the laws of thermodynamics can not be broken. It takes 746 watts to create 1 HP or 1 HP t create 746 watts. I think it was already stated somewhere in this blog that if it where real why do they sell just plans and not a working machine. A working machine would generate billions in profit. The obviouse is that they are preying on ignorant people to scam there money. The other is that if it was true there is no conspiracy that could stop it from reaching the masses. I have yet to hear of anyone actualy building a functional machine. Those who bought the plans are probably to embarrassed to tell anyone they did.
As scientists, I think you should be objective about a machine you have not seen plans for and did not try to build. I don't think this is a perpetual motion machine. I do believe there could be a new invention we don't understand. I think you can do better than ranting, be a real information source. Thanks for the advice about the cost going down to $10 if you keep clicking no thanks. I think I will do an experiment.
Megan, I believe I am being objective re. this "machine." I have a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and am a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. I have worked for 7 years as an engineer in commercial nuclear energy systems and have taught Mechanical Engineering for 33 years. This is not to brag, since you don't know me anyway (not that there is really anything to brag about anyway). What is proposed by this HoJO Motor is, in fact, a perpetual motion machine and we can categorically know that it will not work. We do not need to see specific plans, they are irrelevant. This "machine" absolutely cannot work as claimed. As Chris has pointed out in his original statements, the patents are, in fact, real; but, they do NOT claim what the HoJo Motor thing claims - at all, ever! There is no free energy! Even solar energy is not actually "renewable." The sun is running down (2nd Law). No energy used on earth somehow gets back to the sun. A better term is "pass-through" energy, meaning it (solar energy) is coming into our earth as energy, so why not transform it (at an efficiency less than 100% - 2nd Law again) into electricity or whatever, since it will all eventually end up as heat, meaning temperatures will increase. See the following for a brief explanation of the law of thermodynamics: The connection to the HoJo may not be obvious but the connections are direct and real. So, why are the called "laws" of thermodynamics, instead of "theories." Because they have been tested and established over and over and over again and there has never been an actual violation of these "laws." There is every reason to believe they will never be violated and no reason to believe that they will ever be violated. Not sure this helps, but it is scientific, observable fact. Jim


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