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Home-Built Generator Built Out Of Old Garden Tractor
Roger Burgess, Modesto, Ill.: "I needed a standby generator in case of power failure. I had Lloyd Meffert of Hettick, Ill., build this one using the chassis of an old garden tractor as its power source. I started with an Ariens GT 12 tractor powered by a 12 hp engine. I removed the rear deck and axles and created a hitch point to allow the unit to be towed around. On the former front end I welded the steering mechanism to make it trail straight. The generator was rigged to take its power from the front of the engine. There's an electric clutch on the engine pulley. I used a 5,000-watt generator. I rigged the electrical system to where a single plug-in can run the power for all my needs."

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1