2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Snowmobile Turned Into "Slowmobile"
“We make some maple syrup here, and as we tap more trees it’s getting harder to get the sap out of the woods,” says Bogardus. “I thought a snowmobile might do the trick, so I found a used one for $50. It worked but it was way too fast, and after a while the clutch let go. To solve the problem I yanked out the engine and clutch and installed a Kawasaki 12 hp, 1-cyl. engine, which I geared down with V-belt pulleys. The belt also serves as the snowmobile’s clutch.”
He says the snowmobile now goes only about one third as fast as its normal speed, “which is perfect for pulling our sap sled around the woods.” He added a throttle lever that works like the ones found on tractors, as well as a foot clutch and a key-start.
“Everything is pretty well packed into the snowmobile’s engine bay, but it all fits and does the job for us,” notes Bogardus.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Bogardus, 3375 Hwy. Rt. 20, Sloansville, N.Y. 12160 (ph 518 868-9309; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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