Modifications to equipment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Freetime, Mar 20, 2001.

  1. Freetime

    Freetime LawnSite Member
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    What are some of the Modifications you have made to improve the performance of your equipment? Adding / removing anything to make the machine more efficient, quicker, lighter, within a safe range.
    This may be a crazy idea but, here we sit with a 20 horse engine on a ZTR, would it be possible to mount a small compressor on top of the engine behind the seat with an electric clutch as the blades have.

    The reason I ask is that we are some times not close to the shop or quicky-mart to get air and 100lbs of air in a tank does not last long. This would come in handy to blow off equipment in the field and keep from buying an extra piece of equipment (gas compressor) with only one purpose.

    Let me know what you think?


    Mo,mo,mo,yo self quickly to de bank!
     
  2. jason2

    jason2 LawnSite Member
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    Find yourself an old York air conditioning compressor. Easy to find in a wrecking yard, don't forget the brackets. Mount it up on your engine in your truck. Add a inline filter before the compressor, on the output side of the compressor run a pressure switch and a moisture trap. Plumb in a 5 gallon air tank in the box. You now have on demand compressed air anywhere your truck is. If you want to get creative skip the 5 gallon air tank, and get some tube bumpers, weld caps on the ends of the bumpers and plumb in your air lines. Now your bumpers are your air tanks which free up bed space.
     
  3. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 627

    hey Jason,
    I always liked the air tank in a bumper idea, until a cop told me about the danger of shrapnel if you got in an accident with those- the bumpers would burst & send pieces flying.
    After he told me that the idea kinda fizzled for me........
     
  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    Thats the kinda idea id like to see somebody try.
    Sounds like a bit of trouble for what your getting out of it but the idea might catch on.
     
  5. jason2

    jason2 LawnSite Member
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    Smitty,

    Never thought of that. It could be dangerous.
     
  6. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    (Here I go again) The old Massey Ferguson garden tractors had a compressor w/tank available, would be handy for paint spraying. I'd like to see one someday, but I bet they're rare.
     
  7. fdew

    fdew LawnSite Member
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    He was probably a good Cop but not a good engineer. The air is at 120 lb or so pressure any tubing you would want to use as a bumper will hold that with a huge safety margin. if hit and ruptured the air will leave and there will be no safety problem. I have built air storage tanks out of 4 in PVC pipe. no problem.

    PS of course you will have a popet valve for safety.

    BTW if you don't want to hook a compressor to the engine, there are a lot of 12 volt compressors out there. The volume is low, but they would have a tank filled by the time you finished mowing.

    Frank


    I always liked the air tank in a bumper idea, until a cop told me about the danger of shrapnel if you got in an accident with those- the bumpers would burst & send pieces flying.
    After he told me that the idea kinda fizzled for me........
     
  8. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    The bumper air tank is a four wheeler trick to carry air and have a tank to run tools in the woods/ air up after a trail. you still need a compressor, but it will work. A five gallon tank (like you can get in a home center for around $30) @ 100 lbs wil fill a whole lotta mower tires @20 -30lbs.

     
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    I once took out the front decking of a walkbehind.
    Made an excellent brush machine.ONLY 5 HP.
    A bigger mill and it would probably do in the spindles.
    By the way it was a 36 kees.One of the best I
    ever owned.
     
  10. greenflag

    greenflag LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    For a compressor check some Jeep magazines there are small 12 volt compressors that will fit under your hood. There are also under hood welders.

    Garry
     

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