FUN WITH THE LOWLY WEEDEATER ENGINE
Hey! Don't throw that weedeater, string trimmer, weed whacker away. So your wife wore it out. Now it's your turn. Just look at the fun some of these people are having with their old engines. Just buy your wife a new one. Then make like you are doing her a favor by getting rid of the old one for her. Take it to your shop, garage or hide-away and begin making something useful out of it.
USE YOUR GOD GIVEN CREATIVITY
People love to be creative in different ways. You have noticed that one of the most satisfying things a person can do is be creative with or about something. It might be paint a picture. Take a picture. Design something. Cook something. Create new music or a song.. Or even a new way to blow your nose. But one of life's greatest satisfactions is being creative.
The reason is simple. God created man in his own image. And the first thing we know about God is, "In the beginning God created...."
Consider our subject "weedeater" engines. Take the old thing and recycle it. That's in today. It's a green thing to do. And here are some fun ways to do it.
Photo courtesy www.builderofstuff.com
Nostalgia is more important when you are old. Remember the first engine you ever had. It may have been a model engine, or some old castaway engine. But it was fun. Look at what these people are doing with these "old" weedeater engines. It brings back memories, fun memories.
BICYCLES ARE IN
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With the price of gas as it is. This may be more a practical thing than fun thing. But either way it was no doubt fun to make and fun to use. It should give you some good ideas.
RADIO CONTROLLED AIRPLANES
Photo courtesy of www.encyclopedia.com
What a model plane that little engine would pull. It could be large enough to take a payload too.
There are a lot of these little engines going into radio controlled airplanes and boats. Don't over look this as a possibility for your self.
HOW ABOUT A BOAT?
photo courtesy of andreaslautz.girlshopes.com
It does not have to be just a toy boat. A creative fisherman could use one too.
Photo courtesy of www.remusicas.com
A fine example of some great engineering on a small scale.
BLENDERS FOR POWER DRINKS
Photo courtesy of www.turbocelica.com
Can you think of a better way to make a "power drink".
Here is a blender powered by an old weedeater engine.
DON'T FORGET US MOTORCYCLIST
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I know. These are not weedeater engines. They are chainsaw engines. So! They are first cousins to a weedeater engine. And those of us who ride motorcycles enjoy riding any thing with two wheels and an engine.
LONG LIVE THE MOTOR SCOOTER
Photo courtesy motorbicycling.com
It's a Cushman Style Scooter. Someone did a great job on this.
Just a note to you "big bad bikers". I own and ride three motorcycles. My wife owns a "scooter". It would take four to five of her scooters to make one of my motorcycles. But I have to admit and one of my riding buddies does too, her scooter is more fun around town than our big bad bikes.
AND THE CAR NUTS (ALL OF US) ARE NOT LEFT OUT
Photo courtesy of www.reuniverse.com
We all like cars of all sizes. Here is a radio controlled car powered by a weedeater engine. Why let some else have all the fun???
EVEN EXPERIMENTAL ENGINES
Photo courtesy of slamvalvemotor.com
Here is a weedeater engine someone is using as a slam valve motor. As I understand it, this one is powered by steam. Most of us have wanted to try something or other on an engine at one time or another. Get that weedeater engine out and try something on it. Cheap fun.
Below, in the links module, you can click into the site for this engine. Enjoy.
Yes these are two of my old weedeater engines. The one on the left is a four cycle weedeater engine given me by the grandson. The cute little green engine is a two cycle engine. Paid more than I wanted for the green one. I got it for $5.00 on ebay. Free would have been even better. The idea here was to listen to a two cycle engine and a four cycle engine running side by side.
Hope shortly to design and build a different induction system for the little green guy. Of course both are stripped down and mufflers thrown away etc.
The cheaper, the more fun. The grandson threw out the old weedeater engine. His daughter out grew the bicycle. Grandpa never grew up. So here is the proto-type of a new fun machine.
It is hung out of the way waiting for a few more parts, and time. But when it is finished, expect a couple of oversized apes to be riding it.
More power to old weedeater engines. May they have a long and varied life.
FOR THE UNCONVERTED
If you made the serious mistake of not converting your weedeater into a toy. You will need this protection.
This will even give more protection than a full can of "Armorall".
Would it not be simpler to just convert that weedeater into a toy?
ANOTHER REAR ENGINE BICYCLE
Photo courtesy of www.diygokarts.com
Note the low center of gravity.
THAT'S NOT A WEEDEATER ENGINE
That's not a weedeater engdine. You are correct. Give yourself a bucket full of brownie points.
As you have figured out, that is a chainsaw power head. But look at that exhaust system. A set of headers on a chainsaw.
Not only did the old man that owns it have a good time trashing it's messed up muffler, but had fun making the headers.
It is the only chainsaw in this area with a set of headers on it. You ought to hear that sucker run.
If you know of any chainsaws with headers on them, we would love to hear about it.
A SIDEWALK SCOOTER
Photo courtesy of older.4hv.org
For those over 85 years of age - if they had to give up their motorcycle.
Photo courtesy of hackaday.com
Only for the very young at heart
Prayer would be recommended before trying this.
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION
- Wacker Engines
High Quality Conversion Parts
- Carr Precision
String Trimmer Engine Conversion kits
- Slam Valve Motor
Video demo of a slam valve motor
- Building A Motorized Bicycle
Another way of making a small engine powered bicycle
- FREE PHOTO SOURCE.
A great place for free photos.
Great Stuff on Amazon
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SOURCE OF ENGINES TO PLAY WITH
New Guestbook Comments
Scott Gese on February 24, 2018:
What fun ideas. I especially like the one for skates. I have an old weed eater. Hmm
Wayne Rasku on May 24, 2013:
Love the blender.. a real Rube Goldberg.
gravityx9 on March 15, 2013:
who'd have thought there were so many uses for this little engine!
Luther Cline (author) from 21269 Fire Tower Rd. Elkins, Arkansas on August 16, 2012:
@TransplantedSoul: Not as quiet either.
But then, us guys like a little noise.
We think that is power.
Thanks for the comment.
Have a great day.
TransplantedSoul on August 16, 2012:
Not quite as useful for my electric weedeater. :)
kimark421 on July 20, 2012:
Ha! These are great, love the blender! My current weedeater engine is HUGE, and I will find a use for it. Heck, I could probab;ly use it in a lawnmower.
WriterJanis2 on July 01, 2012:
Very fun stuff.
Hobgoblin LM on May 07, 2012:
Cool lens, with some really fun ideas!
Hobgoblin LM on May 07, 2012:
Cool lens, with some really fun ideas!