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#112615 15/08/21 11:44 AM
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G'day all,

This Wood Gas Mower seems a little futile but worth a look. smile




Cheers
Max.

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G'day maxwestern,

that guy's got enough equipment to almost make a lawnmower, certainly to repair the bases!

I remember years ago in the 1980s a fellow in the U.S got his car to run on wood with the apparatus hanging out the back.

I'd imagine very frequent oil and filter changes.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Hi Mf

Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
that guy's got enough equipment to almost make a lawnmower, certainly to repair the bases!.

Yes he can build almost anything with the equipment he has ,I've seen a few of his videos before ,a hover bike, a jet kart
and a jet bike.

Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
I remember years ago in the 1980s a fellow in the U.S got his car to run on wood with the apparatus hanging out the back.

I'd imagine very frequent oil and filter changes.


The wood gas car was used in war time because of fuel rationing but burnt charcoal the charcoal
gave off a gas which powered the vehicle .Yes there are a lot of conversions to wood gas done
around the world.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1002279

https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/01/wood-gas-cars.html

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/20...r-why-we-dont-power-cars-with-wood-today

https://www.southcoastregister.com.au/story/5625227/charcoal-drove-region/

The old cars didn't get a lot of range out of wood gas .The smaller cars from World War Two only had a range of 20 to 50 kilometers (12 to 31 miles), in spite of their much lower speed and acceleration.

Volvo 240 .

The Volvo reaches a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph) and can maintain a cruising speed of 110 km/h (68 mph). The "fuel tank" can contain 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of wood, good for a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Cheers
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G'day Max and MF
Max, when I first saw this video I was reminded of ... history ...

In the 19th century bigger mowers were powered by big power units ... animals.
That was the whole basis for shanks' large 1850s lawnmowers.

By the late 19th century steam was applied to large lawnmowers.
Yes, the engines were ridiculously big and domestic lawnmowers
were out of the question.

By the early 20th century, the first petrol powered lawnmowers
appeared - but they were large too.

The domestic, powered lawnmower became a reality because of the
advent of the small IC engine and the small electric motor.

I guess the 'Gasifier' lawnmower demonstrates the practical truth -
that large engines are impractical for domestic lawnmowers.

I guess that electric battery technology has shown us - in the
modern world - just how small energy units can be!

Many thanks Max and MF for this topic.

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Jack

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Hi CJ and MW,
I can't believe Leyland began as a mower manufacturer before becoming a major force in commercial vehicles and later the car industry!


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G'day Mf and Jack,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyland_Motors

The furthest back I can think of for lawn mowers would be the titanosaur sauropods which weighed more than 100 tons and were the heaviest creatures to ever walk the Earth.

Scientists have been analyzing 65 million-year-old dinosaur dung which shows that dinosaurs ate grass.

That would have to be the biggest power unit ever to cut grass. cool

https://www.livescience.com/3912-dung-reveals-dinosaurs-ate-grass.html

To put that 100 tons into perspective ,the average weight of a Blue Whale is a 140 tons.

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That's 10 x the weight of a bus. How can any creature move on land with that much mass?

What a shame that all that evolution which led to such an extraordinary creature was erased in the blink of an eye.


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G'day Max , MFand all lovers of dinosaurs,
It's funny how conversations can become tangential and
still remain on track. Brilliant!

I once wrote an article on steam mowers on another site, and
I hope to update that here on ODK this year.

The Leyland Steamer was always an exciting machine and a
few survive.

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The furthest back I can think of for lawn mowers would be the titanosaur sauropods which weighed more than 100 tons
Yes Max, a minute's silence for the Titanosaurs ...

They would have turned jungle into grass but they
lacked a catcher ... which was not a bad thing ...

If only they had a hubometer or 'hipometer' we could have
estimated their cutting efficiency.

Very good!
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Jack

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G'day Jack and Mf,

Originally Posted by CyberJack
They would have turned jungle into grass but they
lacked a catcher ... which was not a bad thing ...

Yes I think the catchphrase back then was, turns grass into Jurassic poop.

The steam mowers look great ,especially with that refreshed look to them.

Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
What a shame that all that evolution which led to such an extraordinary creature was erased in the blink of an eye.

Yes that's what that Aliens will be saying about mankind in a few more years . help

It's interesting to see just how many mowers these days are using Lithium ion batteries, while purusing through
the latest Ryobi catalog ,I was surprised at the vast choice of electric ride on mowers and only one petrol mower
on the last back page.

Cheers
Max.

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Howdy Jack n Max,
the Leyland is abit reminiscent of the original machine that started this thread and many would call it a dinosaur as well! Large, ungainly and green.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!

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