How to Make a Pedal-Powered Washing Machine - Mark 1. Au Velo Vers Negawatts.




About: I am an escapee from modern life, now living by the sea in a forest garden in France. After over 20 years industrial experience, I quit my managerial position to study for a degree in Engineering. That done ...

KISS = Keep it Simple Stupid = A good basis for any engineering project. Our washing machine electronics had ceased to function but mechanically it was perfect.  We were already working towards an electricity-free household and I had and old bicycle, which was just standing idle in the outbuildings. So, I decided it was time to tryout a prototype bicycled-powered washer, using just the materials available. This is a test project and after running it - the washing was clean but I needed to make some modifications. It's a trip to the Tip/Dump for some more bicycle parts.
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KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid  (En français Gardez-le simple, idiot) =  Une bonne base pour tout projet d'ingénierie. Nous avons besoin d'une nouvelle machine à laver et même avant Fukushima nous étions déjà engagés pour un ménage sans électricité. Maintenant, notre machine à laver est en panne, je décide qu'il est temps pour une prototype machine à vélo, en utilisant les matériaux dont je dispose. Il s'agit d'un projet de test et après avoir fait rouler - le linge est propre, mais j'ai besoin de faire quelques modifications. C'est un voyage à la déchetterie pour des pièces de vélo.



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    11 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Nice job Andy, the world needs more free thinkers like yourself, keep it up a Nd thanks for he inspiration, Kirk


    2 years ago

    You can put an armcheir instead of byke seat. It will be more comfortable.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    That is really brilliant. I am trying to get off the grid as much as possible and this definitely an item that I am going to implement. Thanks so much for the instructable.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sorry I only just saw your comment! Thanks very much for watching and the feedback. How did you get on, with it? We heat as you see with wood and heat the water accordingly but this year I am going to make a solar water heater for the Summer months. All the very best, Andy


    6 years ago

    I only get a picture without instructions. Have you got detailed instructions?

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    If the video isn't working for you here, then go to my Youtube channel 'Organikmechanic' you will find it in my play lists. I just tested it is working for me here, so maybe there is a glitch somewhere your end. There is a follow-up video too where I add a spin cycle. I am also converting it this year to solar powered water heating as it is in our stable, which faces due South. All the very best from Normandie, Andy

    Thanks for your comment. It gets you fit as well :)
    The other advantage is the water that comes out of the machine is used on the garden.

    Thanks for your comment and for watching. Hope you get to make one. I am just stopping by the kitchen, where the computer is, to get some water as we are actually in the middle of washing!!