2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pto-Powered Ice Cream Maker
“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).
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