1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Remote Control Riding Mower"I was extremely interested in your article (Vol. 10, No. 5) about the remote control Kubota riding mower because at the time I read the article I was halfway through building my own remote control mower," says Roger Meihak, Forest Lake, Minn.
"I built the mower because I have a hillside that's too steep for a rider to safely mow. I started with a used Allis Chalmers "Scamp" mower. I first replaced the deck with a Toro 36-in. deck and installed wheel weights on the rear wheels. That's necessary because with no rider, the mower gets top heavy.
"The remote controls consist of a 2-channel model airplane transmitter and receiver. The servos actuate micro-switches on the tractor which energize relays that energize the GM electric window motors used to steer and control the other operations on the tractor. Because of the increased electrical power requirements, I installed an auto alternator and battery. Total cost of modication was $750.
"Modified in this way the mower will start, stop and turn remotely while I sit safely in the shade. One word of caution: Until you learn to run the remote controls properly, stay a long way away from your wife's favorite rose bush!"
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roger W. Meihak, 10150 223rd Street North, Forest Lake, Minn. 55025.
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