Build Your Own Remote-Controlled Lawn Mower
We recently spotted a YouTube video of a radio-controlled lawn mower. The video linked to a website with complete do-it-yourself plans for making your own RC lawn mower.
We contacted the designer, Terry Creer, who appears to be from Australia. He isn't very accessible. "Due to the lack of time at the moment I cannot answer any emails," he writes on his website along with a disclaimer that if you build a mower based on his design, you do so at your own risk.
Creer's website features many pages of pictures and descriptions to help build a mower he says you can operate from the comfort of a deck chair or hammock.
The mower is powered by the motor, circuitry and batteries from an electric wheelchair. It's supported by a frame made from square steel tubing and a tray for the batteries. The frame is on wheels off the wheelchair. The handles and wheels are removed from the mower.
Creer offers a couple of options on how to set up the joystick and radio-controller.
"A standard, low-cost 2 channel hobby transmitter and receiver pair are bare minimum to control the beast," Creer writes. "I really have no idea why no one has attempted this before. It works well, and it uses the wheelchair's original drive circuitry. That's a mark for simplicity and another mark for cost-savings."