«Previous    Next»
Pto-Powered Ice Cream Maker
Lee Horst wanted to make ice cream the old fashioned way, by using an ice cream maker on a cart powered by a hit and miss engine. However, he couldn’t justify the cost so he bought a 5-gal. ice cream maker and mounted it on back of his restored John Deere M tractor. The gearbox off an old bin sweep auger is used to belt-drive the unit from the tractor’s pto.
“I take it to family gatherings and church picnics, where ice cream is always welcome. People really get a kick out of watching it operate,” says Horst. “After all, they say a balanced diet just means having an ice cream cone in each hand.”
He built a hinged wooden platform that rests on the tractor drawbar and goes up under the transmission gear case to provide support. “I thought about using the tractor’s side pulley to operate the ice cream maker, but it ran too fast,” says Horst. “I already had a junked-out bin sweep auger so I removed the gearbox and had a neighbor build a mounting bracket for it. Then I attached the gearbox to the pto. It runs at a fast idle, which is just what I needed to make ice cream.”
He made a jackshaft with bearings and pulleys to get the right speed, mounting everything on the left side of the ice cream maker so the paddles inside the canister would turn in the right direction.
“With the hinged platform, I can take the drive belt off and dump the ice out of the canister after we’re done making ice cream,” says Horst. “I mounted a stand on the back of the platform to help carry the weight of the unit. When I want to use the tractor for something else, I just take the gearbox off the pto and lift the platform off the tractor.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lee Horst, 1605 Goldenville Rd., Gettysburg, Penn. 17325 (ph 717 677-8564).

  Click here to download page story appeared in.

  Click here to read entire issue

To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.
Order the Issue Containing This Story
2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1