Pedal-Powered Power Tools

Tool Concept
A stationary human powered generator that provides a power take off to run various other tools

Primary problem statement:
I am a farmer and I want a tool to replace my tractor for low horsepower jobs where human power is sufficient because it's possible depending on the job and better for my health..
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This tool could use some more documentation

Links to these types of tools
Maya Pedal Bicycle Machines
Rock the Bike Bike Blender
Pedal Powered Farms and Factories
Pedal Power Engineering
low-tech magazine
a suggested template for further documentation
Problem addressed
(please provide a description of the purpose of the tool, and how this addresses a need. For example, commercial versions are too expensive or unavailable etc.)

Functional Description
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How to use the tool
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Bill of materials and Sourcing
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Construction/how to build
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Next steps
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Market Place
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Pedal Power Engineering
Here's a shameless plug- we've designed and build more than a dozen pedal powered machines for a variety of applications- all of our designs are open source so feel free to build your own, but if you don't have the resources (time or tools) to build your own, we would be happy to talk about building a custom machine for you. For more information, contact me andy[at]

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Here's a list of documents on pedal power machines that I have downloaded in the past couple months:

forage chopper pedal powered.docx
human powered chaff cutter.pdf
human powered chaff cutter output.pdf
human powered flywheel optimization.pdf
human powered paddy harvester.pdf
human powered trip hammer.pdf
pedal chaff cutter.pdf
pedal driven unit.pdf
pedal flour mill.pdf
pedal powered Blender Mayapedal.pdf
pedal powered ice cream maker.pdf
pedal powered nursery fertilizer mixer.pdf
pedal powered pump.pdf
Pedal Powered Soap_Mixer_ny0207.pdf
pedal water distiller.pdf

One classic pedal powered machine is Rodale's "Energy Cycle" in "Pedal Power In Work, Leisure and Transportation"

Relevant chapter starts on pdf pg 67.