Go Back   EcoModder Forum > AltModding > Saving@Home
Register Now
 Register Now
 


Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-03-2008, 06:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 193

Black Beauty - '09 Honda Accord EX-L
90 day: 27.44 mpg (US)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcb View Post
On the topic of mowers, I picked up an old sunbeam corded unit to replace the fancy reel one I broke. It's got a bagger too, but we don't normally bag (better to leave it on the lawn). I hope to have fun with the cord management challenge.
I used a Sunbeam Corded mower in the 90's. Keep an eye on the safety lever because it breaks easily. I rebuilt mine. Cord management is easy if you always walk away from the cord as you mow. I also lay the cord on the side of the plug source when I turn. This will keep the cord from sitting in your path.

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 10-03-2008, 06:54 AM   #12 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: belgium
Posts: 663

vectra a - '95 Opel Vectra GLS
90 day: 37.51 mpg (US)
Thanks: 14
Thanked 61 Times in 44 Posts
anyone thought about makeing a mower where you can plug in a cordless drill?
think i saw this on youtube somewhere where some manifacturer at a fair demonstrated the power of their drills by pluging it in to a small moped, and have some guy drive it aroud the fair. if you already have a sufficient powerfull drill, youd have a complete compact package from motor to battery and charger, wich may even have additional speed controles etc.

just an idea
__________________
aer·o·dy·nam·ics: the science of passing gass

*i can coast for miles and miles and miles*
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2008, 01:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Earth
Posts: 5,209
Thanks: 225
Thanked 808 Times in 592 Posts
But how long is the small battery pack in your drill going to run the mower?
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2008, 07:29 AM   #14 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 193

Black Beauty - '09 Honda Accord EX-L
90 day: 27.44 mpg (US)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Another problem is the motor in your electric drill was not designed to spin a 3lb+ metal blade for as long as 45 minutes. You would need stronger ball bearings and upgrade the contacts in the motor to handle the torque and current.

Other than that, yes it would work.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2008, 07:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 152

Oden - '00 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab
Pickups
90 day: 14.93 mpg (US)

Nerdcycle - '81 Honda CM400E
Motorcycle
90 day: 61.16 mpg (US)

Bumblebee - '08 CF Moto V3
Motorcycle
90 day: 69.17 mpg (US)

Betty - '11 Honda Pilot Touring
90 day: 15.94 mpg (US)

Trouble - '06 Kawasaki Ninja
90 day: 74.69 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by rgathright View Post
Another problem is the motor in your electric drill was not designed to spin a 3lb+ metal blade for as long as 45 minutes. You would need stronger ball bearings and upgrade the contacts in the motor to handle the torque and current.

Other than that, yes it would work.
Sounds like a plan. I've got two drills (with craftman lifetime warranty) and 5 batterys. And I've got a dead mower that I picked up off the curb that I was planning on converting into electric anyway. I was planning on grabbing an old motor of some sort and wiring two of the drill batteries in series or parrallel, which ever worked better since I've got two one hour chargers also. However, if I can do it all with what I've already got, that's great news.
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 07:11 AM   #16 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 193

Black Beauty - '09 Honda Accord EX-L
90 day: 27.44 mpg (US)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
extragoode: Watch this Youtube link,

Obviously using a cordless drill will worked in this case, but the mower will not win a beauty contest.

I think you should spend your time making this: Riding lawn mowers consume a lot of gasoline per acre.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 09:01 AM   #17 (permalink)
dcb
needs more cowbell
 
dcb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: ˙
Posts: 5,038

pimp mobile - '81 suzuki gs 250 t
90 day: 96.29 mpg (US)

schnitzel - '01 Volkswagen Golf TDI
90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)
Thanks: 158
Thanked 267 Times in 210 Posts
I think that top one has a cord, but yah it is fugly, on many levels

The tractor looks useful, comments say it has a 2 hour runtime!
__________________
WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY!!!
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 02:06 PM   #18 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 152

Oden - '00 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab
Pickups
90 day: 14.93 mpg (US)

Nerdcycle - '81 Honda CM400E
Motorcycle
90 day: 61.16 mpg (US)

Bumblebee - '08 CF Moto V3
Motorcycle
90 day: 69.17 mpg (US)

Betty - '11 Honda Pilot Touring
90 day: 15.94 mpg (US)

Trouble - '06 Kawasaki Ninja
90 day: 74.69 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by rgathright View Post
extragoode: Watch this Youtube link,

Obviously using a cordless drill will worked in this case, but the mower will not win a beauty contest.

I think you should spend your time making this: Riding lawn mowers consume a lot of gasoline per acre.
I don't need or want a riding mower for what is currently a .25 acre yard. I used a reel mower for the first year, but had the same problems that everyone here mentioned earlier. Plus, I think I can do better than that first video.
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2011, 06:25 PM   #19 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Memphis
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've got a black and decker corded electric mower. How hard would it be to make it battery powered?
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2011, 07:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
Wannabe greenie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Posts: 1,098

The Clunker (retired) - '90 Honda Accord EX sedan
Team Honda
90 day: 29.49 mpg (US)

Mountain Goat - '96 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab
90 day: 18 mpg (US)

Zippy - '10 Kymco Agility 125
90 day: 65.03 mpg (US)
Thanks: 5
Thanked 53 Times in 40 Posts
1.5kW inverter and a couple of batteries would let you convert it without turning a screw. Not the prettiest or most efficient way, I'll admit.

__________________

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can I use a GENERATOR to power an Electric car directly? Nerys Fossil Fuel Free 128 10-01-2012 01:24 AM
“Revenge of the Electric Car” Coming in 2009 SVOboy EcoModder Blog Discussion 18 03-28-2012 07:24 PM
Article: Electric Subaru Due in 2009, One Year Early MetroMPG Fossil Fuel Free 8 08-29-2009 12:19 AM
Homebrew Hybrid concept. Would it work? bennelson Hybrids 12 04-30-2008 03:30 PM
I'm thinking electric reformed Fossil Fuel Free 6 03-20-2008 12:33 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com