This is a great project! This reminds me a lot of the Mother Earth News tractor from the late 1970s that used a Volkswagon transaxle for the drive chain.

I've seen that article. They made a pretty nice tractor with a PTO as I recall.

I always wanted to do something like that, but I never had the money for the parts. Now I could probably come up with the parts, but I live in town and don't need a tractor. :-)

You might not need a tractor, but that isn't a good reason to put off starting a cool project. Some day I want to do another machine building project using all hydraulic mechanisms.

Here is the second part of the story of the homebuilt tractor including the part where I caught myself on fire:

This is a really cool project!

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Thanks, Pennsif. I tuned in for your interview with @makinstuff and @jackdub. It was interesting to hear that the grid tie systems in the UK have the same problem as we do here in the US. There is no good way to use them for emergency back up power. Seems silly, doesn't it?

That looks like a solid tractor. I like that implement on the back, I was wondering if they made them for small tractors. I'm going to have to search online a little more for something I can attach to the back of my lawn tractor to help a little with garden row prep.

That is a three point hitch and cultivator from a Craftsman Suburban garden tractor. I also have a little moldboard plow for it.

Your lawn tractor can probably pull a cultivator through garden soil. Most lawn tractors are light and have low ground clearance, so they struggle with ground preparation. I figure my little blue tractor is about 900 lbs which is a good bit heavier than a lawn tractor even though it is about the same size.

When it is time for plowing I will post some video of it in action and another one with the big tractor. The plow on the big tractor is kind of interesting. It is a subsoiler shank with a disk plow mounted on it. The action is different than a moldboard because it doesn't flip the soil over. The top soil sort of gets shoved to the side and the subsoiler fractures the subsoil without mixing it into the topsoil.

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Cool tractor. My friend and I some time ago also constructed the tractor, but the story ended sadly for me - friend hit me with flywheel on the finger when we hung the engine. So friend finished the tractor without me.

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