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Old 01-01-2010, 11:38 AM   post #16 of 46
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Mother Earth News is actually a pretty cool magazine. Take a look at other things on their website (or pick up their magazine in TSC or other store) before leveling a judgement.
MEN (mother earth news) does have some really good articles. It also has some very Liberal editors. If you can skip the editorials, and political nonsense it is a good mag. They have actually lost a lot of subscribers in the last 6 months due to some editorial views. They do however have the balls to print the letters of the people cancelling their subscription, so you have to respect that. I'm a subscriber, but they tread a little close to the line sometimes.
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:16 PM   post #17 of 46
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i looked at the article and it uses a lawntractor transmision so it has forward and reverse
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:33 PM   post #18 of 46
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By all means I wasn't knocking Mother Earth News, as I read it from time to time. There are some interesting articles and have used some of their ideas. Just saying that snowplow would'nt work here with the recent snowfalls we've had here. I'd probably have a heart attack using that thing in 10 to 12 inches of snow. I'll stick to my Custom 6 with the snowplow, thank you!
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:42 PM   post #19 of 46
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What happens when the snow is 2 ft deep????

can you say frozen a$$
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:55 PM   post #20 of 46
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This. Right here. Why the **** would anyone want to pedal in the snow?
Wy would someone pay a fitness club to pedal a bike or walk on a treadmill to nowhere ??

He could be powering an electric generator and have power lift and angle. or like a paddle boat, make a 2 seater and spend quality time with the wife !!!

You can bet he doesn't need a heated enclosure after a couple of minutes
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:15 PM   post #21 of 46
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MEN (mother earth news) does have some really good articles. It also has some very Liberal editors. If you can skip the editorials, and political nonsense it is a good mag. They have actually lost a lot of subscribers in the last 6 months due to some editorial views. They do however have the balls to print the letters of the people cancelling their subscription, so you have to respect that. I'm a subscriber, but they tread a little close to the line sometimes.
Justin , none of this is directed at you, I was just expanding on your comments on subscription cancellations. It is cool that they print all those complaints.

For the guys who think the mag is for green freaks. I am a subscriber and have been for years. It is a great magazine. They have been around for 30 plus years. They have lost a lot of subscribers to the left and the right. Some conservatives think they are too liberal and the lunatics on the far left complain about tractor ads and cigarette ads. Check out their website and search "tractor" and you will see articles on home mades, human powered, electic conversions and also comparisons of modern equipment. Like this article:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Moder...t-Tractor.aspx

Not every reader of that mag can get away with the pedal plow. Oh yeah and if you bothered to read the article instead of just looking at the picture, he clearly states it did well with 5 inches of light snow but wouldn't be feasible with a heavier snow fall.

It is like every thing else in this world. If you keep an open mind, take what you can use from the mag and ignore the rest you might learn something new. It can't be simplified to black/white, democrat/republican or John Deere/Cub Cadet , there are a lot of other color tractors out there and a lot of other views.

I try and take everything with a grain of salt. The green movement that is popular in the manufactured city of Hollywood is a lot of BS. My dad was green before it was cool. He rode his bicycle 13 miles to work each way (26 round trip) for 25 years and picked up aluminum cans along the way. He was helping the planet sure, but he was doing it because he is very frugal and smart. Each can is a nickel in NY. He is also one of the healthiest people I know at 65 years old. Nothing wrong with being cheap/green/intelligent.

Anyway, it is still pretty neat and the guy would fit right in over at the home made forum. He could just run his tractor with bio diesel or get a GE elec Trak.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:23 PM   post #22 of 46
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to not get off the subject to bad, the name of the site just reminds me of al gore and his man made global warming hoax, maybe it the libertarian in me i dont know but totaly believe global warming is a hoax, especialy since the earth hasnt warmed in years.........but thats opening a whole can of worms that would be better in the off topic section


anyway, its actually pretty cool, thats why i said thats great, i just personaly dont see it working to well
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:25 PM   post #23 of 46
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What happens when the snow is 2 ft deep????
One sits inside, drinks coffee, reads the NY Times and waits for the neighbor with a tractor that craves seat time. Like my neighbors... bless 'em!

Just another "15 Minutes of Fame-er" got his picture taken.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:50 PM   post #24 of 46
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Not that I'm in a rush to run out and do it, but I think his little rig is pretty cool. Seems like if you get on the snow early and often (every 4-5" or so), it should work fairly well.
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Old 01-01-2010, 03:06 PM   post #25 of 46
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As soon as I'm caught up on fixing my Ranger and F250 I will be building something similar to that accept it will be 4 wheel drive and 4 wheel steering. I kept the 2 rear steering hubs from a Noma 4 wheel steer tractor I got a year ago,, plus I bought 2 more off of ebay. My purpose for building it is for exercise all year around. I was planning on a snow push blade for it too. I too look at Mother Earth News for the cheap living type articles but couldn't care for the political views of that magazine. On another green type website I found there is a company in Germany that has started to build what looks like a 4 wheel ATV but its pedal powered. I emailed them a year ago but never got a reply back. There are millions of people in this country that need to get exercise for various health reasons,,, even if they don't have any health problems exercise is just good for everybody.
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Not that I'm in a rush to run out and do it, but I think his little rig is pretty cool. Seems like if you get on the snow early and often (every 4-5" or so), it should work fairly well.
He could definitely use some chains on that thing.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:28 PM   post #27 of 46
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wonder if hes going to put a mowing deck on it for summer.......
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:04 PM   post #28 of 46
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I read that magazine at the Library sometimes..I see a few good ideas in there once in a while,but many push the limits as to how to "save" money building something instead of buying it or using a product already designed for the purpose..like one article on how to build an S-10 "hybrid" pickup truck yourself..by the time you buy a used (junk) truck,an electric motor,batteries,and do all that work,to end up with something impractical for its original purpose and probably a hassle to insure and register,I get kinda disgusted reading those types of articles..seems to me some people have way too much time and money to spend trying to find a "free" way to do things..

But I have seen some articles that had good ideas and cleverly built things that worked out well too--my beef with their "plans" is they are often very vague about details,like the one in particular I ran across online on how to make a lawn mower into a welder using an old altenator--it gave the basic info,but didn't go into detail about HOW it welded ,or how long it could be expected to last..(it also had a "well worn" 12V battery in the circuit,with the altenator set on "kill" to put out maximum volts and amps in DC form,I dont see how that was safe or worked at all,myself!)..
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I like Mother Earth News.I subscribe to the website,and used to subscribe to the magazine.
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