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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Ron, You wont be provided proof because it is a scam. I hate to be blunt, but that is the fact. I dont know of too many reputable companies working on this concept. Do you know any universities that are supporting this research? In fact, if someone provides you proof, let me know so I can buy it from them for $1,000,000. I'm not joking about this. I dont have the money, but I'm sure I could raise it if I told investors I was about to be the most famous person in the world.
An open letter to Chris, Ron, et al.... I agree with Chris that the actual motor would be an AMAZING (my paraphrase) invention that would indeed be worth MILLIONS on the open market. In America, we are inventors, entrepreneurs and risk takers. After watching the silly video and having the HoJo website offer multiple discounts when I went to leave, my suspicions were confirmed that a scam was in progress. Sadly, this isn't on yet, and probably should be. I'm self employed and own a repair business. I can fix electric motors, rewire ceiling fan armatures, tear down gas or diesel engines, but fall short when it comes to solid rocket fuel '-) Perpetual motion machines fail not only based on the laws of Thermodynamics, but for one really BIG reason in my opinion - Friction coupled with gravity. Sure, lots of great greases and lubes out there, and they are getting better. But, as mentioned in the car example above, as you increase the load ( through gravity / torque / mass / etc ) you need to increase the amount of force ( aka. horsepower ) to move the car down the ramp ! This is true especially in the production of electricity - the more wattage you produce, the more horsepower you require... Where are you going to find a magnet or series of same powerful enough to generate the horsepower needed to run a generator ? Power companies currently use coal fired plants and large dams with water power to generate electricity. If the HoJo motor really was practical, they would most likely be inclined to purchase the patent rights and use this "free" power source to add to their bottom line. Sigh.... It makes me sad to think that people are being duped, and even a bit annoyed that I actually watched the entire video just because I was curious ! Living green is not new. Back in the 70's, envelope homes (1977) and water powered generators were being featured in some of the more popular magazines similar to Mother Earth News. You can find info on this concept easily on the web if interested in how to build an energy efficient ( note that I said EFFICIENT, not perfect ) home using solar power. It ain't cheap, but it's very interesting.... One final comment or two. If you are considering buying the HoJo plans, think again. If you are considering purchasing something else on the internet, and try to leave the site only to have a discount offered, THINK AGAIN ! When something is truly worth it's initial selling price and is legit, you'll not find discounts popping up weeds. Caveat emptor.... Thanks for allowing me to speak freely.
Will the real numpties please stand up!?! The proof is held by those who have bought the plans - have you got a motor working for free or do you believe you may have been scammed - did you ask for a refund - what happened? Please share your experience with us.
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Louis, thanks for the comments. I encourage you to stay on Mapawatt and read more of our postings, as we talk about efficiency for your home in almost every one of them! Friction does fall under the law of thermodynamics though, but stating it your way is much easier for people to understand.
I'm in the wrong business, Even though you try to help these retards they still think your lying.... It amazes me how stupid people really are. I commend the HoJo website people for if nothing else selling education to the less fortunate. for 50 bucks I'd teach people how to get screwed too.
Scam it is. If the product would work, They would be selling the finished product, period. But let go with the idea tha might work, then answer yourself this question. If some miracle machine could produce energy out of thin air, why electric cars need to be plugged to recharge? Remember most electric cars Produce energy by Using dynamos when breaking, though not enough to be self sufficient, because there is not such miracle way to free energy. Who can achieve something like that for real, could make an electric self sufficient car that would be so revolutionary that could be the most profitable fortune 500 company ever, and those geniuses are selling the plans for 50 bucks! Come on, be reasonable!! They sell the plans because at the end they are selling you and idea, at the end if doesn't work is your fault because the manufacturer it's you. For me, it's absurd to think it works.
It is quite simple, if someone uses the words "free energy" to you they are a con artist with a scam. "Free energy" does not and will never exist. This is basic physics, get used to it or throw your money away over and over. You don't get something for nothing.
Dear Chris, Why drag the donkey to the water and then force it to drink?? Anyone with an iota of common sense(Not Engineering) should know that there are very few seemingly perpetual motions in nature or man-made, like Louis says earlier...friction and newtons first law are for 'real'. It is commendable, your effort to prevent naive folk who want to spend money to save some, which takes me back to the start of my response, like the donkey that will drink when and if it wants to. Allow such money conscious folk the liberty to seek their own answers in their quest to save money and the truth will dawn on those that seek it. Keep up the good work and let barking dogs bark. Regards to you and your team. Ranjit
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Woody, I get very frustrated by people who call me a liar. What do I have to gain by exposing a scam? It's frustrating trying to help those who dont want to get helped!
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I actually sent something in to the Federal Trade Commission. It's a shame that this type of activity is ignored by the Federal Government. Send an email to if you think your friend would like some help putting together some evidence.


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