One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

Summary: A Tennessee graduate student combined an electric mower with wheelchair parts to create a greener mowing option for lazy lawn owners.

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Sometimes when I read about developments such as the one I'm about to describe, I have to wonder: "What if some of this creativity was applied to a far bigger problem of humanity." Yet, I have to love this item about an engineering student from Tennessee who has constructed a solar-powered lawn mower as part of a senior project.

The student, Robert Smith, reconfigured an electric mower from Black & Decker so that it could be powered by two 20-watt solar panels. He added controller components from an electric wheelchair and voila, the result is the Solar Charged Remote Controlled Electric Lawn Mower (aka SCRCELM). Not only is it greener than the average gas powered machines, but SCRCELM doesn't require you to get up and guide it out in the blazing sun. You can control the passes it makes across your lawn from the shade of your porch.

Since the parts in Smith's mower are basically available at most major home improvements stores, you can build one yourself. Actually, you'll have to, since he doesn't currently have any intention of commercializing the design.

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  • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

    A link to the video would be nice.
    sbutkovich69@...
    • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

      @bucky69@... Yes indeed. Wordpress ate the code. I've re-embedded it. THanks for pointing this out.
      Heather Clancy
      • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

        @Heather Clancy Thanks for the fix. Didn't mean to come off as not nice. I'm kind of a smart ass. My apologies, :-)
        sbutkovich69@...
  • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

    Thank you Young man, You have applied available components to a task most don't care to have to do, in such a way as to reduce the cost and noise, as well as removing the part that puts contaminates in our environment. You have benefited the productive portion of our society. I guess if you had included a way to get welfare to pay for it, it would have then been a benefit to mankind.
    macsie
  • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

    Link to the video, Bucky? I do believe the video has to be uploaded first. I clicked on the "Play Video" link in the Tech Updated Today and it just came back to this page... still without a link to a video..
    Putertechn
  • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

    But I would like to at least see a few images of this device.
    Putertechn
  • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

    <a href="http://www.robert-smith.net/my-projects/how-to-build-a-rc-lawn-mower/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.robert-smith.net/my-projects/how-to-build-a-rc-lawn-mower/</a>

    Mr. Smith's page with material lists & instructions.
    jred
    • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

      @jred Thanks for this. Wordpress ate the original code which I have now embedded. GRRRR. and thanks for pointing this out nicely :)
      Heather Clancy
  • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

    "What if some of this creativity was applied to a far bigger problem of humanity"

    Do you have any idea how much pollution the average gasoline mower belches out? It's a large amount.
    bb_apptix
    • RE: One engineer's DIY recipe for solar-powered lawn mower [video]

      @bb_apptix Agree.

      @H.Clancy It's not like Mr. Smith was "applying his creativity" to hacking into corporate databases.

      Understand he wanted to build nuclear fusion kits but his dad asked him to mow the lawn first. So he did, and undoubtedly furthered his education (and ours) in the process. Nice work Robert!
      UnCommonCents