2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Scooter Built From Riding Mower
The scooter measures 30 in. wide by 40 in. long and is 36 in. high at the handlebars. It's powered by a 3 1/2 hp Briggs & Stratton engine.
"I built it because we go to a lot of tractor shows, and my wife was having trouble walking long distances. I started looking for something for her to ride," says Spallinger. "We wanted something different from a golf cart or electric-powered chair. At a show in Ohio I met a man named Ed Cox (Sidney, Ohio ph 937 492-1856) who had a little gas-powered scooter. He makes the base frame and sells them for about $150, and then people can make their own scooter from there. So I bought one from him."
Spallinger already had the scooter's 3 1/2 hp Briggs & Stratton engine, front tire and a seat. He found a rear engine riding mower with a differential, wheels and tires. He made a jackshaft to go between the engine and differential. The engine belt-drives a 9-tooth sprocket that chain-drives the rear axle. He mounted a pulley and foot pedals to use as a dead man clutch for safety.
"For steering I used the handlebars off a bicycle. There's also a bicycle basket on the handlebars," says Spallinger. "For brakes I mounted another pulley on the jackshaft and used a piece of V-belt fastened to the frames and up to a pedal to stop the scooter.
"We really enjoy riding it at shows. I can get the ground speed down to a fast walk. I added a hitch on back to pull small carts or trailers."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary Spallinger, 3933 CR 26, Waterloo, Ind. 46793 (ph 260 837-2702).
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