Gasoline-powered Tractor for my grandson

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Project by Tichomir Toth posted 03-27-2021 04:49 PM 761 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear friends!
My previous Vehicle project was an electric car for my granddaughter. And my latest project is a gasoline-powered tractor for my grandson.
The petrol engine is from a lawnmower. To avoid vibration I placed the engine on silent blocks The gearbox, integrated with differential and brake, is a lawn tractor component. Power is transmitted from the engine to the gearbox with a V-belt. A depressed clutch loosens the V-belt and at the same time tightens the built-in disc brake, a released clutch tightens the V-belt and releases the brake. The V-belt is guided on bearings to reduce friction. The pulleys were turned from plywood using a drilling machine.
I designed the steering gear using hand drill gears.
Of course, many of the parts could have been made of wood but it would have been very solid, so I replaced many things with metal parts.
The chassis is plywood, reinforced with beech slats. The front axle is rigid but tilting to compensate for ground unevenness. The dimensions and proportions of the tractor are determined by the size of the engine. The big engine case is a little confusing … I also fitted a towbar. I’ll be making a trailer soon.
The material used is cherry and walnut, the first axis is ash, in order to be strong. I varnished with synthetic varnish.
It was more than 300 hours of work. I don’t know how reliable it will work … :)
Thanks for watching! All the best!

-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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#1 posted 03-27-2021 05:44 PM

Every little man needs a grandpa like you!

He’s going to break his face smiling.

What a great project, extremely well done. Just beautiful…Great skills…Congratulations…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 03-27-2021 06:00 PM

Nice project ad very well done. Noticed a trailer hitch, building something to haul or pull?

-- Ron

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#3 posted 03-27-2021 06:32 PM

Very neat. What a great gift!!

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#4 posted 03-27-2021 06:57 PM

Fantastic! that is a really neat build, one happy Grandson that will never forget you are your love for him, Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 03-27-2021 07:08 PM

Very cool build, and one happy customer. Great tractor.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 03-27-2021 07:24 PM

WOW! How can I become one of your grandchildren?? My grandkids want to also…

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 03-27-2021 08:10 PM

That is amazing Tichomir! You are very talented and your english is a lot better than my Slovak. LOL

I just made a few projects for my grandkids, but it’s pretty minor compared to your invention. Even though I’m a little early, congrats on your DT3 (I’m sure you will get one) and your grandson is going to be the coolest kid in the neighborhood.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#8 posted 03-27-2021 09:01 PM

Cool little ride. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 03-27-2021 09:03 PM

Very cool.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 03-27-2021 09:28 PM

Great project. Your grandson will have hours of fun driving it.


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#11 posted 03-28-2021 01:44 AM

That is awesome! Your grandson has to be thrilled! He will be telling stories about how his grandpa made him a tractor until he is old! Very well done!

-- Mike

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#12 posted 03-28-2021 02:21 AM

That is quite amazing and fun.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 03-28-2021 03:33 AM

Kids dream of a grandad like this! Perfect!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 03-28-2021 05:18 AM

Thank you all for your kind words!

-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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#15 posted 03-28-2021 12:24 PM

Wonderful. I looked at the car you made you grand daughter a few years ago and it is amazing too.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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