DIY Electric Tractor and Dump Trike!

Radical Brad

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This will be DIY Plan Number Two for 2019.

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More details will be posted in the NewsLetter I plan to get out in the next few days.
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Originally, this was going to be powered by a snowblower engine, and then I was considering Human power, but now it is electric.
Charge your battery with solar, and then move a ton of anything around your yard!
Will include 4 foot by 4 foot dumping box, 3 point hitch, implements and much more.

Build it from any old car or truck differential and some other easy to find scrap!

Cheers!
Brad
 

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For those curious about the power available...

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For comparison, a 500 watt bicycle hub-motor can easily propel you up to the city speed limit.
This motor has 40 times that much power available!
Now multiply that power by 30, as this is the final gear reduction.

With a 1 ton load of gravel in the dump box, I would assume this thing could probably out pull an actual pickup truck easily.
The motor is also highly efficient, so the 40 watt solar charger should be able to keep the 2 batteries topped up.

That's it for now, got to get back out and keep building, almost have the motor installed now.
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Moving dirt from here to there,
makes my back pain start to flair.

I need a Mule to take the load,
to drag a tree on down the road.
Move a rock across the yard,
My chores become so much less hard.

Thanks for the comment, and the rhyme,
I must now go, it's welding time!

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A yard mule you say,
For carting gravel, chickens, or hay?
You'll never rest, until you've done your best,
Why? Because you're just built that way.

How far will you go?
You're the only one to know,
Why not leave the ground and fly?
Give it a go, give it a try.

Build whatever you desire,
Keep on going, don't ever tire,
Build your best to stand the test
Raise the bar higher and higher.

So many designs for us to treasure,
Retirement memories we all will treasure,
Your legacy will do us proud,
Three hurrahs, all yelled out loud.

I'm not a poet
And now all will know it,
I'll return to building trikes
From bits and pieces from repurposed old bikes.
 
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RQ has been around for a long time. I remember looking at the electric car plans in an old 1970's copy of Popular Mechanics!
It would need some updating though, as it uses a series wound airplane starter motor for power and very old controller tech.

You could replace that giant forklift battery bank with some newer lithium and add a brushless 3 phase to make it "current".
Keep the retro style though, it looks cool again!

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really looking forward to the load test on this beast. You might want to consider changing the diff oil to a really light weight hypoid oil to reduce drag losses - especially for winter use (when you installed a snow blade on the rear!)
 

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Good idea, thanks.
I do have to pull the axles anyhow to remove the drum brake plates since I no longer need them.
At that time, the diff. gets a total cleanup and new oil, so I will look into your recommendation.
I need only a few more hours of time to get it ready for a ride test, but farm chores have taken me for now!

Brad

really looking forward to the load test on this beast. You might want to consider changing the diff oil to a really light weight hypoid oil to reduce drag losses - especially for winter use (when you installed a snow blade on the rear!)
 
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