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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 2:34 pm    Post subject: Pedal powered tractor...  Reply with quote    



http://www.instructables.com/id/BICITRACTOR-B300-POC21-Version/

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A pedal powered hoe would be a better description. Useful on a large market garden, especially if you can change the hoe for a multi row drill but tractor it isn't.
I still want one though.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One of these would be more fun though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a strong human can put out about a horse power on a bicycle for a reasonable time ,maybe 30 mins .

my chainsaw puts out several times more all day and i would not use it's engine to build a tractor

medium sized tractors use about 75 hp which is plenty with good gearing

i want to see that thing mole plough hard clay

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tavascarow wrote:
I still want one though.

If you're really keen, I'm sure we can arrange to have one built for you...

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
a strong human can put out about a horse power on a bicycle for a reasonable time ,maybe 30 mins .

I don't think so. There's a reason why it is called horse power

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

numbers

from practical experience it takes 4 keen cyclists to power a 1.25 kva pa system and charging 12v lead acid batteries with a military grade pedal crank generator is horrible hard work

if that was a tractor built for two dozen it might work for light stuff if it did not sink into the earth .

Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps you would like steam power instead?



john of wessex



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Now we are talking!

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
numbers

from practical experience it takes 4 keen cyclists to power a 1.25 kva pa system and charging 12v lead acid batteries with a military grade pedal crank generator is

Seems to concur with the numbers in the link.
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if that was a tractor built for two dozen it might work for light stuff if it did not sink into the earth .

Or perhaps the thing to do is build a bicycle for a horse...

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:

Or perhaps the thing to do is build a bicycle for a horse...


Why not just get a good Horse,

That contraption is virtually useless if there is any gradient in your field.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ty Gwyn wrote:
Hairyloon wrote:

Or perhaps the thing to do is build a bicycle for a horse...


Why not just get a good Horse,

That contraption is virtually useless if there is any gradient in your field.


I can't see it turning the baler, either.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
Ty Gwyn wrote:
Hairyloon wrote:

Or perhaps the thing to do is build a bicycle for a horse...


Why not just get a good Horse,

That contraption is virtually useless if there is any gradient in your field.


I can't see it turning the baler, either.
I doubt I would struggle peddling it up my steepest field but I've been cycling full time for about eight years now.
It's only scraping the surface & the hoes are spring loaded so not a huge resistance.
Rob you could always do what the Amish do. But even with Sir Chris Hoys legs you wouldn't pull it round the field. Dont think those little disc brakes would hold you downhill either.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It does have power assistance: not just pedals.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 15 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tavascarow wrote:
Rob R wrote:
Ty Gwyn wrote:
Hairyloon wrote:

Or perhaps the thing to do is build a bicycle for a horse...


Why not just get a good Horse,

That contraption is virtually useless if there is any gradient in your field.


I can't see it turning the baler, either.
I doubt I would struggle peddling it up my steepest field but I've been cycling full time for about eight years now.
It's only scraping the surface & the hoes are spring loaded so not a huge resistance.
Rob you could always do what the Amish do. But even with Sir Chris Hoys legs you wouldn't pull it round the field. Dont think those little disc brakes would hold you downhill either.


The Amish are a special breed.

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