2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #106[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Garden Tractor Fitted With Air Compressor“I bought an old electric air compressor at a yard sale, then tore it apart and mounted it on front of my 1972 Deere 112 garden tractor. It works great and I can take it anywhere on my farm where I need air,” says Richard Sands, McConnelsville, Ohio.
The compressor was mounted on a small cart and belt-driven by an electric motor. He paid $10 for a small portable air tank and bolted it onto a metal frame on front of the tractor. He wired a pressure switch in series with the tractor’s electric clutch circuit. “The switch automatically turns the compressor on whenever the air tank calls for air,” says Sands.
The compressor is belt-driven off one side of the tractor engine, using the same pulley that originally belt-drove the tractor’s belly-mounted mower deck. A modified belt guard off the mower deck protects a belt that now drives the compressor. He also installed a quick connect coupler to accept an air chuck. And just in case he accidentally runs into something, Sands used 2-in. dia. steel tubing to make a bumper that protects the compressor.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Sands, 9050 South River Road, McConnelsville, Ohio 43756 (ph 740 674-6989; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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