2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #44[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Swing-Driven Roller Wheel
“I need help on ideas for propulsion so my homemade roller wheel is driven by movement of the swing,” explains the Ramona, S. Dak., tinkerer.
Always interested in the unusual, Wolf happened to be at the junkyard when someone brought in two 7 1/2-ft. dia. wheels that had been used to hold electric wire. He took the wheels to a welder who mounted them on a spindle and tube frame and added smaller wheels for steering. Wolf fitted seats from an old Blazer between the wheels.
“It rocks back and forth like a swing and it rolls, but it’s only half done,” he says. He wants to figure out how to move it with just body movement.
Wolf contacted Larry Yoder in Illinois after seeing his solar/battery-driven roller wheel in FARM SHOW (Vol. 38, Issue 1). But Wolf wants to keep his version simple and inexpensive. His son and brothers think it’s pretty neat, and he wants to take it to his small town’s big July 4th parade next year.
“It’s just a hobby thing,” Wolf says, and he would love to get advice from other tinkerers.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Scott Wolf, 151 W. 5th. St., Ramona, S. Dak. 57054 (ph 605 482-8674; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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