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Air-Powered Automatic Washing Machine
Compressed air systems have powered Amish dairy barns for more efficient milking for years. Now, those same systems can help with another chore ‑­ laundry. After three years and 16 prototypes, Levi Fisher of Fisher Manufacturing successfully modified an automatic washing machine to be powered by 45 to 50 lbs. of air pressure. No other power source needed.
    “A hose hooks into the air line, just like plugging in a cord,” he explains.
    Fisher has sold 262 washing machines since 2012 to customers in nine states and Canada. The cost is $1,780.
    He notes that the machines are heavy duty with a 3.4 cu. ft. drum that handles heavy loads, including horse blankets. The machine hooks up easily to any air-powered system with a 1/2-hp motor and spins at 630 rpm’s to efficiently remove water and reduce drying time.
    The washing machines have four water level options, 3 water temperature settings, gravity drain, a gentle power agitator and auto balance suspension system.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fisher Manufacturing, 706 Red Hill Rd., Narvon, Penn. 17555 (ph 717 768-0155).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1