pedal powered tractor

I'm no designer but here's an idea I've been stewing on for some time. I've hunted but not found any designs for a pedal powered tractor. The very early tractors were very large;could to lots of work; but they only had 2 or 3 horsepower. They ran so slow you could count the piston strokes. The designs were simple and they were work horses. Our new high horse powered gas tools often cann't do nearly as much. The old machines used heavy flywheels; slow to start but they kept on rolling. With the improvements we've made in bike gearing systems why not make a pedal powered tractor that could do serious work with that same heavy flywheel technology?

Topic by Michael Fletcher 12 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


pedal power washing machine

Has anyone out there, made a washing machine, using pedal power like a pushbike etc.??? regards steve

Topic by dagyboy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What is a good design for a pedal powered water pump, (maybe using a bicycle)?

We need to pump rain water from a holding container to a water tower, about 60 horizontal feet and 10 to 15 vertical feet.

Question by lindyloo 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


in an bike powered generator can i take the current to my laptop r do i have to use an battery if so YYYYYYYY????????

If i make an bike powered generator which will power my laptop do i have 2 use battery r can i go in the laptop directly and if so could it damage my laptop that way ???????

Question by patnat 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


power supply help

Hey I need help building a pedal brick power supply like the one here. i could just buy one but it wouldent be as fun, and i would rather build one if any one can help or knows of a schematic with multiple 9 volt outs i would appreciate your help.

Topic by chrischavez 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Pedal Power LED lit night soccer!

My school entered into a "pedal power video" competition, the challenge was to make a video showing how to use alternative sources of energy, so my school had a soccer game at night where we lit the field up using pedal power and generators. This was done by attaching a belt to the back wheel of a bike and hooking it up to a treadmill motor working in reverse for power. Enjoy!

Topic by astrozombies138 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


need help with using one power supply to power multi guitar pedal? Answered

Hello . i have two DIY guitar pedal , they work normal in a chain and each of them use they own power supply( 9v AC-DC adapter).Now i want to use one power supply to power both of them.So , i wire them like the picture bellow, and i get the 60hz noise. Can you please tell me how to get rid of that noise. Thanks in advance ! sorry for my bad English. http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg132/chipmapple/noisepw.png

Question by login721 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is it safe to power a 9V 4mA device (Boss DS-1 pedal) with a 9V 850mA adapter? Answered

I'm not sure how mA works. The recommended manufacturer's adapter outputs 500mA and a different one I found around the house has 850. The specs for the pedal (http://www.roland.com/products/en/DS-1/specs.html) say it only draws 4mA, so I think I'm safe but I'd like to confirm before I try.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


A Bike With No Seat Or Pedals!

I thought this was very cool!  Weird 'Flintstones' Bike Has No Pedals or Seat 7 hours ago - 2:28 German engineering students have created a new way of getting around, and it's called The Fliz. The new James Dyson Award-nominated form of transportation is powered the old fashioned way: by your feet, Fred Flintstone style. With no pedals or seat, will this new form of transportation actually take off? Only a panel of experts bankrolled by the expensive vacuum cleaner salesman can decide! Also, Lady Gaga's meat dress is now a painted beef jerky dress, and will be on display in a Washington, DC mu. http://screen.yahoo.com/weird-flintstones-bike-has-no-pedals-or-seat-30522431.html?pb_list=23dce613-c500-43f0-9134-70e58b73187a

Topic by sunshiine 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How possible would it be to build a pedal-powered mobile toast shop?

I am thinking to build a bike-with trailer that powers one or more toasters, by charging a battery then releasing that power. Do the electrical among you believe this is practical? Could there be enough lekky? What considerations should I have? Also - a lot of instructions for this on the web are based on US power supply. Does anyone have any links to UK based instructions.

Question by xhalmers_860 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Power supply does not supply power. zoom g2.1u Answered

Either that or the zoom pedal isn't working. that's my bet, it's the stock power supply . it runs fine on batteries, albeit for a short time.

Question by Icarus1990xx 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Human Powered Bike Powered Generator?

HI, I am an artist and I am creating a bike powered led sculpture for kids at a museum. I need some help making the connections correctly and finding the correct electric motor and volts not to over load the LED light bulbs as well as how to figure out the easiest gear ratio for kids to turn, There will be five 60 Watt  /120 Volt LED bulbs connected to deep cycle car battery (used as a voltage regulator) that will be connected to a stationary bike pedaled by visitors to display the human energy potential. I want to figure out what type of electric motor I will need for those lights and how to make the gear ratio for the bike easy enough to turn for kids... Any knowledge on these calculations will help. Thank you ! Jessie

Question by real_jessie 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Pedal-powered airship gets half way...

A French amateur pilot's attempt to be the first to cross the channel on a pedal-propelled airship has failed.Stephane Rousson, 39, from Nice, took off from Hythe on the Kent coast at about 0800 BST and was half-way to the French coast by 1300 BST.But he was hampered by a change in the wind direction and called off the trip 11 miles from Wissant in France.Mr Rousson said: "I'm not disappointed. I feel happy because it had nothing to do with any technical failure."During the challenge, Mr Rousson was suspended underneath the balloon envelope in a carbon fibre gondola, powering the two propellers with his feet using a bicycle-like contraption. The most amusing thing about the whole trip is the safety system:Just in case Rousson found himself flying irretrievably high, he hung an open penknife from the gondola framework, with the intention of popping the balloon and heading for a splashdown.Sorry, that's the second most amusing thing. The most amusing thing is the pilot's childhood inspiration - ET.BBC article

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Bike Lighting - Pedal-Powered 60W Incandescent Bulb?

I know, I switch projects a lot. I just can't stay focused on one thing for too long.Anyway, here's my idea:There's a local museum called Fort Discovery, which, by the way, is quite cool. But, there is this exercise bike they have there, and connected some how (I haven't been there in a while) is a few different home tools, like an incandescent light bulb, a drill, a hair dryer, and something else. There are switches, so you can turn whichever ones you want on, to see what you can power. The "exhibit", if you will, is to show how work = power. Now, I'd like to try to hook something like this up, except a few things will be changed:It would be a regular, moving bike.There would only be a light bulb.I want the power to be stored in a capacitor, because what would be the purpose of having a light while riding in the daytime?Now, besides from the point of me not knowing at all how to hook this up, I wonder if there would be a capacitor that would store enough power to light the bulb for a reasonable amount of time, if say, I used a 60 watt bulb. Then of course, I have a few questions, some of which I may of already said:How big would the capacitor have to be hold enough power to light the bulb up?How many hours (or minutes, if applicable) of moderate riding would it take to store enough power to light the bulb enough to see for about 15 minutes?Would the power stay in the capacitor so that I could charge the bulb a bit over the course of a few days?How would I hook such a circuit up?Could I hook the circuit up so that the power is stored from the wheel going around, rather than my pedaling?Thanks for any and all help, and if this turns out all right, then I may just put an Instructable up. I guess I'll have to see. Thanks again!

Topic by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Pedal-Powered Blimp to Cross English Channel

Over in England, plans are afoot to cross the English Channel in a pedal-powered blimp. The semi-recumbent bike will power two propellers and French pilot Stephane Rousson hopes to complete the trip in five hours. Looking forward to hearing the results. Linkvia Treehugger

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What's the best way to store pedal & solar power into a battery bank?

I'm looking to power some blenders & other small devices with a battery bank & I want to store power in these batteries from pedaling bicycles & possibly solar power. Just need a little help on all of the essentials and how much power I will be able to garner through a system like this. Thanks!

Question by nicksisson 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Motor assisted pedal powered rail rider

I am trying to build a 2 person human powered Vehicle that is also motor assisted, I need a way 2 people can pedal at diffrent speeds and drive the same axle. What I think I need is some sort of differential gearbox. What Ii need to know is: Is there is a differential that can take 2 different input speeds and have one output? If it did and I also pushed it with a motor would the wheels spinning feed back though the gearbox and send the pedals spinning like crazy? Any help or advice people can offer would be great.

Topic by BillP55 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


What should I do to make my hexabot pedal-powered or manual powered?

I am totally new to make projects/model, this is my life's first project. As i am mechanical engineering student i want my hexabot to be operated by pedal power or man power . As a student i would like to make it more economical(cheap) as per college terms & conditions Will it work by using bicycle chain drive?

Question by u.j.patel 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


magnetic bike pedals DIY? Answered

I'm Brainstorming a better magnetic pedal .   I know Proton and Mavic already make them But I'd like to have a Mag-Pedal that can be used with any shoe .    ... IDEA:  Using recycled neodymium magnets glued recessed into a gel insole  and magnets on pedals I'm hoping to make it easier than cleats on special shoes.  Of course you won't get the locked in power of straps or clippless cleats .This would be ideal for mud,gravel, quick commuting on regular bikes,bmx,mtb,people who what some full leg power on the up stroke but want to put your foot anywhere on the pedal you want.  Question: Might there be extra bearing ware from magnets?  Will there be enough magnetism through an inch of rubber to work??   Please critique my idea . 

Question by BtheBike 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


usb page turner foot pedal?

i have a foot pedal for my yamaha keyboard with a 1/4" jack at the end of a cable; i want to connect it to my laptop to turn pages while i am playing music; as you all know laptops dont have 1/4" audio inputs; could any one please describe a way to connect the pedal to the usb port? i have the software for the laptop to recognise whether the pedal is on or off; usb cables have 4 wires, two for data and two for power; i am assuming that i would have to use the power lines for this since the pedal is simply a switch; any info/help would br highly appreciated thank you

Question by samcheri 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Does anyone know how to make a pedal powered rotating barrel washing machine?

I'd like to make one that uses bike pedal power, derailleur and chain, and not one with a generator, batteries, or electricity. I've seen one online that MIT students created but have not been able to find any plans or directions for making it. Need to make a cheap non-electrical washing machine with rotating barrel/s.

Question by arnold54 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Wiring question?

Hi everyone. Long time visitor of Instructables, made a few items I've seen and my most recent project was adding a star power pedal to my guitar hero controller. I bought a audio extension cable with a male and female jack, 1/8th size. I cut the cable about six inches from the female end. I stripped about an inch, inside was a bundle of copper wire wrapped around a clear insulted wire. I twisted the exposed copper wire and tinned it, I stripped the clear housing and twisted it, tinning them as well. I tinned the exposed wire to the GND, and the clear to Select. Positioned the jack and everything went well. I took the male cable, connected it to momentary switch and connected the male cable to the female jack. Turned on the system and controller. Got star power and hit the switch with no response. I'm very confident in my soldering and know I did it correctly, so I was wondering: 1) Are these kind of cables capable of doing what I intend? 2) Maybe the GND or the Select button are shorted out on the board of the controller? Thanks for any help everyone!

Topic by Mercenary Wubby 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


LM386-amp power problem

I have built an LM386-amp from the schematic in Nicholas Collins "Handmade electronic music". It works fine with a 9v-battery but when I use a Roland guitar pedal power supply (several outputs) my chip is ruined. Does someone know how I can get this to work with a DC-adapter?

Topic by daaaaavid 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How can I fix this power box thing for my guitar pedal?

It used to work fine but someone stepped on the cable and now it only works if I can find a way to bend the cable so that current flows, but honestly this sucks( cause I have to be holding it somehow to be able to play).

Question by moyoteg 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Why is my power supply over-herating?

I have a very simple power supply build to power effect pedals  220VAC --> regular 12vDC wall wart rated at 1A --> 9vDC (7809) regulator with 220uF on the in and 1uF on the out -->1  load rated at 250 mA  It's perfect except one thing... it over heats quickly, which will eventually lead to damage in a way or another.  Please advise  Thanks 

Question by mi5a 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Wireless TIG welder foot pedal?

Has anybody ever heard of or created a cordless foot pedal (remote) for tig welding? I hate having to buy new foot pedals for our Miller Synchrowave TIG/ Stick when the power cable gets cut or burned through. Thought about "bluetooth" signal.

Question by bobhdus 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


What type of mixer should i use (diffirent type input)? Answered

Hello . I want to make a op-amp mixer with 2 inputs. Input 1 : mono signal from mp3 player. Input 2 : mono signal from overdrive pedal. (please see the image bellow ) I have op-amp : tl072 and ne5532 and i need the pedal use single power supply. and the schematic of the pedal i use is show bellow. thanks for advance ! p/s: sorry for my bad english.

Question by login721 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to avoid ground loop when use one powersupply for multi guitar pedal? Answered

Hello . I going to buid a guitar pedal witch have 2 boards in a box and use a power supply to power both of them.But i dont know how to wire them to avoid groound loop problem.Normal i will do like the picture below .Do i need to cut any wire to avoid the noise ?? Thanks for advance! sorry for may bad English!

Question by login721 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can i bypass an AC/DC power supply to AC/AC?

Hi! I recently aquired an used guitar effect pedal, a Behringer X Vamp, to be more exact. It is 2nd hand so it came without the power supply. I know it runs on AC/AC and i have an AC/DC one, so my question is: is there a way to bypass the power supply or the pedal itself so it can run with the supply i have? thanks in advance, stay well

Question by meyers 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Some ideas for renewable energy power (Solar & Pedal Power)

Hi Friends, I have seen lots of  instructables and have some wacky ideas in mind, please check the practical application of these ideas: Solar death ray + sterling engine clubbing heat of solar death ray and giving it to sterling engine for unlimited solar power and rotate motor to generate electricity. Is it possible? https://www.instructables.com/id/Multifacet-parabolic-solar-concentrator/?ALLSTEPS https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Sterling-Engine-absorb-energy-from-candles-c/ al;so just search solar death ray on youtube you will find its power Second idea is very simple to harness the power used by people in gym in using treadmill (manual) and cycle and other weight lifting instruments and generate electricity when the mechanical power in gym is used. Please give your inputs.

Topic by rsk11584 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Flywheel car

I've seen some old flywheel powered toy cars and i'm wondering could that be scaled up to work on a pedal car so that it spins up while you're pedalling and then have it engage by lever or something to assist pedal power over bumps and stuff or just give it a boost on the flat? also most flywheels seem to be mounted vertically, is there any reason not to mount one horizontally as i think it would fit into the pedal car better that way?oh and assuming i'm limited to a certain weight would a small flywheel with an evenly distributed weight or a wider flywheel with most of the weight on the outside edge maintain its spin for longer?

Question by ambientvoid 2 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


How to add a right angle gear to a bicycle

Hi, Sorry for the obscure title -- I want to add onto the stardard chain cog on a bike that drives the wheel, but it has to be converted with some sort of right angle bevel gear or similar, so the new cog/gear is facing left/right as opposed to front/back. I need to have a gear spinning left/right to power a linkage that has to in turn power a  setup similar to a wiper motor in a car - this has to sweep from side to side, left to right behind the bike. Any ideas? :( Thanks

Question by rev0lt 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


sewing machine repair

I dumpster scored an old Sears/Kenmore sewing machine recently and don't quite know where to start to wire it for power and replace the foot pedal. Anyone done this? Cheaply?

Topic by el eliel 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can I use a DC foot pedal on an AC machine? Answered

I have an ancient Pfaff (German) sewing machine. The original foot pedal died in a plume of smoke. I bought a replacement electronic pedal and didn't notice that it says 200-240v. Oops! I'm in the US, so the machine has been running on AC. Will a European foot pedal work on it? The machine (from the back) plugs into an outlet in the wall. A separate cord (on the side) goes from the machine to the foot pedal. Modern machines usually use the same machine connection for both the power and the foot control. If I try it on the AC machine, will I damage the machine? Aside from the motor, this is a strictly mechanical machine.

Question by mole1 2 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


Wind Powered Quad-Cart

I haven't seen anything this on here so I thought I'd step up. Engineers (or anyone who fancies themselves A DIYer) I found a few days back I little some very interesting Wind Powered Rides...six-or-seven-ways-wind-powers-vehicles OK so we know it CAN be done, but can it be done by a DIYer? OK here's my concept, Design and shape are optional but basic components are such: Take a pair of multi-speed Bicycles, their gearing will be the basic propulsion for this vehicle. Take one of the "bikes" and hook up a prop where the pedals "where" and set the wheel output to be higher then the prop speed, this should take care of the foreward movement once going. Now for the initial starting power (Bike 2), this can either be by petal, or by electric (solar/battery- up to you) But the basis for this whole thing is simple energy transfer, if the moving air over the prop causes the drive wheels to go, and by having them geared higher, the vehicle SHOULD move faster the faster you go ..Right? Can I get some math to back this up? it sounds like it would work.

Topic by Green_Primus 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I make a mono wheel?

One of theese things...Pedal or motor powered

Question by Clayton H. 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


Help Making Tattoo Lab Power Supply Jumper / Converter + pic

This is what I'm talking about. can you see it?  it's the first thing that comes up on google image search when you type in "lab supply jumper." It's so you can plug in a tattoo machine and foot pedal into a lab power supply.  theoretically I get how it's working.  The foot pedal is what interrupts the circut.  when you press the pedal down, it makes contact and completes the circuit.  So, the machine needs to be routed through the pedal before getting power from the power supply (versus plugging the machine directly into the PS itself.  Cause then you'd have to turn the PS on and off to get the machine to work or turn off). So, I'm assuming that's why there is a cord going from the "machine" 1/4 terminal to the "foot pedal" 1/4 term, right?  Then the pos and neg banana plugs go into the power supply. specifically, my question is this:  do I have to solder to make this?  or can I just twist wires together?  and can I buy everything I need from radio shack, right?  I'm pretty confident I can do it either way, just need a diagram or something on how to wire everything. I'm also asking my brother who was an electrician before getting injured on the job- he's on disability now but may be able to help, too. =) It's gotta be easy to make, right?!?!  so help me do eeettt!!!  =0) thanks for any and all help!  Sarah ps- I attached a pic of the power supply I have so you can see it as well. and for the record, my tattoo machine is RCA not clipcoard, but goes to a 1/4 male mono all the same.  As well as my pedal. k, thanks. ;0)

Topic by crumpitt 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Need some advice on fixing power issues with my instructable

So I built an Atari punk synth using instructions on this site and made it a bit more advanced. It has six 555 timers and button controls. Now I would like to power this thing with a 9volt wall plug, the same thing I use for my effect pedals, but I have crazy power issues when I set it up this way. It works fine when I just use a 9 volt battery, but when it's set up to be used with a 9 volt wall plug it seems like its getting way to much power. The sound goes crazy and it blows out my LEDs even though I have resistors on them. I've tried putting a resistor on the power jack, but it doesn't sound right when I do that and it still doesn't work right. So I'm curious what's exactly going on here. Regular effect pedals that run on 9 volts work fine with the wall plug and even the instructables on here say you can use them. But for some reason this thing only will work with a battery. Could it be the parts I'm using? I have a feeling it has to do with wattage and my parts just can't handle it.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

Topic by wickednick 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how do I make a wireless power supply for my bike lights? Answered

If I created a generator for my bike (using pedal power) how can i wirelessly transfer this to bike lights or ipod charger ect...? I know induction is a way of wirelessly transmitting power and there are several instructables on this though I haven't seen a fully functional one and they're all worded in a very technical language that I don't understand.

Question by cdubnbird 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


is it possible to generate electricity by using a bicycle and an automobiles alternator?

I have been pondering this, and have searched the site but found nothing like this, but maybe using a larger inner tube and putting that around a bare rim and a spindle on an alternator to generate electricity? and would the rpms be enough to generate some charge? and also, it would be a\c charge? maybe it would be possible to charge up an automobile battery, if so it would be pretty neat, and useful.

Question by uLTIMA 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does anyone know how to convert the three phase output from a brushless motor/generator into straight DC voltage?

I would like to pedal the brushless motor/generator to drive a propeller powered by the resulting voltage Thank You?

Question by adamalbert 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Very Small Scale Power Generation in Developing World

Hello Everyone, I volunteer for a non-profit which distributes solar lanterns primarily to students as well as people who are in need of the lights.  Things have been going well but a lot of people have inquired about us providing access to a higher powered version for various reasons and we've noticed that some households go back to their old ways when the lanterns don't receive enough sun during the day.  Temporarily we are solving the problem by having local entrepreneurs charge batteries for the families for a small fee but we feel that this should not be a permanent solution. It's not the price that's the issue it's that sometimes the people have to walk for a number of kilometers to get to the nearest charging station or have to cross dangerous terrain (I have personally experienced this). Over the last 3 years we have helped over 5000 families by giving them solar lights so we would like to modify all those units to have more stable energy generation. Our current version has an output of 5 watts. We are looking to buy or build a unit which produces a maximum 8wh an hour until the fuel source runs out or something that can generate in a more slower rate such as 40wh in 16 hours so we can let it run overnight and have the power stored in a battery. We are primarily a donation driven group so something with low cost and maintenance would be really great.  We highly subsidize the price to a large percentage of the households but we also provide them free for the lowest 10% of households who can't even afford the lowered price. I personally think that something which can generate electricity from hydrocarbons due to their high energy density and easy access would be ideal but I'm not an engineer so what do I know.  I'm not sure if this helps in any way but a number of years ago we transitioned a large number of houses from wood fired stoves to gas and as all the families that we help actually have access to gas I was wondering if any good technology exists where electricity can be generated by gas that can meet the low cost and maintenance criteria.  I've looked into thermoelectric generators but they are really inefficient and people will be wasting money to heat their house in a country where average temperatures are in the 30'sC I also see a future issue regarding battery degradation as we use small lead acid batteries and while thinking of a way to solve this I came up with the following idea and is one of the reasons that I'm posting on instructables. What if a pedal powered flywheel generator was built with a 200W generating capacity and 40Wh worth of 'storage'.  When you pedal you will spin up the flywheel and it will store the energy until you need the electricity again and we could also wire up the solar panel that we already use to spin up the flywheel.  So when the sun is out the panel is used and on rainy days and during the night you pedal for a couple of minutes for one hour of lights.  If the flywheel can store the energy for a number of hours then someone could pedal for a couple of minutes at a time throughout the day and not have to do it at night. This is just an idea that I came up with and if anyone has any ideas I'll be really interested in knowing about it (obviously the above solution is not ideal because they have to put some work into generation but it's the best that I can do).  I've quite recently been looking into different types of fuel cells powered by m/ethanol and others like solid oxide cells and they seem interesting (does anyone here have any experience in building these type of cells?).  This community has a lot of intelligent members who think outside the box so I'm confident that we can come up with something. This ended up being a bit longer than expected and if you've read this far, thank you. I wasn't sure about what section to post this in, square peg is the one I chose out of 5 so if this is wrong please feel free to move it to the correct section. Help and advice will be very much appreciated. Kindest Regards

Topic by ragun8 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I have the main motor from a vacuum cleaner what can I do with it? Answered

The motor is very powerful. It runs off of 120 V AC. The cable that plugs into the wall runs electricity straight to the motor. It weighs about 3-4 pounds and has brushes. It has alot of torque. So much so that it will flip in the air to ~1.5 feet when it is first started. I believe it spins at perhaps 2000-3000 rpm though I'm not sure. This motor was the motor that powers suction in the vacuum cleaner. I would love if someone could tell me if I could either use it as an alternator (for pedal power electricity generation) or what I could use it as a motor for?

Question by cdubnbird 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


"Organ donors"... or: sources for tube project parts...

The "Vacuum Tube" group needs a first forum topic. Here it is... Sorry 'bout the pun... but I could have used Time to get Organized... Be thankful ;-)Vacuum tubes and parts tend to be rather expensive these days. But there's a good source for parts, and it's often free: old tube organs.I picked up a working 1960 Wurlitzer a couple days ago. It's got:-- full complement of tubes (the mother lode!), including9 (nine!) 12AX7 preamp tubes.2 6L6-GC power tubes1 5U4-GB rectifier(there were other tubes: (28!) 12fq8's but they're not so useful for audio...)-- Huge power transformer-- Large (20-25 watt) output tranformer-- two 16 ohm speakers-- lots of carbon-comp resistors, sockets and other reusables.Total cost--just gas, and a sore back.Even the non-tube organs are a good source of speakers, reverb tanks, pedals, etc. The tank, bass pedals and the volume pedal were from a solid-state Conn organ left on the curb...The bass pedals could be made into a MIDI project, and the volume pedal would be a nice start of a wah, or left as-is. Yeah, they are grungy, but that's easy to fix....

Topic by gmoon 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What is the standard size dc input jack socket for music equipment i.e. mini amps and guitar effects gadgets? Answered

As quite a few people will have noticed (because i have asked so many 'beginners' questions on here) I am building a mini guitar amp. I am wanting to use a 2.5mm or a 2.1mm dc input socket, I was just wondering if there was a 'standard' size connector. I'm sure I have heard there is one size commonly used in guitar effects pedals and equipment like that. It doesn't really matter, because this is likely to be a one- off product, but if something breaks a few years down the line then I would like to be able to say i'd used the most common jack, so i can get a replacement.

Question by mdog93 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Need advise on making a wireless to control a simple on/ off switch

OK , I am a tattoo artist. I want to make a wireless foot pedal to control my tattoo gun. This is how it works now. It has a foot pedal with a 1/4" phono mono jack that plugs into the power unit. When my foot is pressed down it simply closes the connection and tells the power unit to apply voltage to my gun which has a separate cord coming from the power unit. I would like to make a wireless for this. Maybe a simple remote control toy can give me all the conponets needed. I want it to be small , maybe a 9 volt battery supply. I can have my foot pedal  wire just 10" long going to the a sending unit with an antenna. Then alls it has to do is maybe close a relay that I can wire to a phono jack to just close the swicth to tell the power unit to turn on my tattoo gun. I know this is going to be very simple but for some reason im having trouble thinking of how to do this cheap. Thanks for the input. Jeff    P.S. the the jack input to the power unit is lioke a mono guitar chord. But all the power unit needs to see is a completed circuit. Thats it. So I just need to close a small relay wirelessly.

Topic by Brutal Ink 9 years ago


Wireless switch , need help on how to make

OK , I am a tattoo artist. I want to make a wireless foot pedal to control my tattoo gun. This is how it works now. It has a foot pedal with a 1/4" phono mono jack that plugs into the power unit. When my foot is pressed down it simply closes the connection and tells the power unit to apply voltage to my gun which has a separate cord coming from the power unit. I would like to make a wireless for this. Maybe a simple remote control toy can give me all the conponets needed. I want it to be small , maybe a 9 volt battery supply. I can have my foot pedal  wire just 10" long going to the a sending unit with an antenna. Then alls it has to do is maybe close a relay that I can wire to a phono jack to just close the swicth to tell the power unit to turn on my tattoo gun. I know this is going to be very simple but for some reason im having trouble thinking of how to do this cheap. Thanks for the input. Jeff

Topic by Brutal Ink 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I power a digital projector from my exercise bike so when you pedal the video plays?

It's for an installation I've made for an exhibition this sunday so I'm stuck for time! I want people to trigger the video (linked above) by cycling the bike.. I suppose I'd like to do this mechanically rather than electronically- rather than be turning the projector on and off all the time I'd like it to be always turned on and when the pedals start turning a piece of cardboard covering the projector lense is lifted, revealing the video. Would really appreciate any advice! xAoife

Question by aoife_abu 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Instructables in World Changing

Instructables was given a very nice mention in Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century . Our two pages include 3D chocolate printer made from LEGO, 5pcb (etch your own circuit boards), Autonomous, Self-Assembling Robots, Candle Powered Hot Air Balloon, Canned Applesauce, pedal powered air compressor, and SpokePOV: LED Bike Wheel Images.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Motorized bike

Hello, I have two motors and a battery out of a power wheels truck. I was wanting to mount it to my Chopper bike. Has anybody  done that and if so give me some advice P.S.  My bike has no gears and it has no pedal brakes.

Topic by MetalManMustang 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago