Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Say Good By Hydro-Pedal Power Yes"

Ha Ha wish it was that easy. Pedal power had it's hay day, modern power equipment is unprecedented. If you prefer to live off the grid or the slower bike path is more attractive than the high speed highway, then pedal power may still be very attractive. The early PM Shop Notes had many plans for treadle and pedal powered machines for the shop. Many like the file machine below still make lots of sense for the off grid user, who prefers leg power as opposed to running down his sun or wind charged storage batteries.

Others like the drill press pictured below don't make a lot of sense given the equipment available today. It was first presented in the Model Engineer Magazine and apparently someone actually built it,but to me it seems more like a Rube Goldberg machine, taking a circuitous route to its destination. Still an interesting article though.