I once saw a dog powered washer at an Amish auction. The washer was powered by a treadmill powered by a large dog.
http://www.americanartifacts.com/smma/power/tread.htm Loads of "dog power" pics when I searched Google images.
Dog, sheep and goat treadmills
These small treadmills provided both rotary and reciprocating power to operate light machines like butter churns, grind stones, fanning mills, corn shellers, and later, cream separators. They generally use two India rubber or leather belts rather than iron links to form the chain of wood treads. The few surviving dog treadmills have become popular attractions at engine and farm shows across the country. And the dogs seem to love running the mills, much as a hamster in an exercise wheel...
Dave Bennett wrote:
I want a wringer washer and Lehman's sells them but they are cost prohibitive for me. I also live alone so I wash clothes for one person but when my clothes washer is completed and I can load it wash my clothes and then run the rinse water through it total time to wash and rinse will be about 5 minutes. Much more efficient than any washing machine available because it is based on the principal of those little plastic pressure washers that work quite well. I have one and built a larger version. The hot water makes pressure inside the chamber and cleans fabric rapidly. In warm weather I fill it with cold water and let the sun heat it up since it a black plastic barrel.
I saw a add somewhere that stated where to find used ringer washers. They also told folks what to look for. Wish I could remember things.....;>)
I see wringer washers on craigs list a lot...Between 50 and 100 bucks. The odd thing is that they have been this price for years in my area.
I've often wondered how hard it would be to hook a bicycle up to a wringer washer to wash clothes.
I work so many hours now that I don't have time to do many of the things that I would like to do to be more self sufficient.
For now I use more modern conveniences than i would if i had more time off work.
There are instructions for powering an old wringer washer with a bicycle in the book
Human Powered Home: choosing muscles over motors by Tamara Dean
I experiment with a plunger ( with holes in it) and a 5 gallon bucket. It works for numerous small loads, cold water and Dr. Bonner's soap.
I like that one mentioned earlier with the 30 and 50 gallon drums....interesting.
Finding an old/antique hand crank wringer ( it will attach to the side of a galvanized tub) is what I am doing now.
I am using a 15 gallon heavy duty plastic drum with a removable lid. It is the type with the metal clamp. Very heavy duty. I tried one with a screw top and when the water is hot it leaks from pressure build up. I am building a cradle and frame for it so I can spin it like that small one you have. I have one of those from Lehman also and in fact am on my 3rd replacement lid. The plastic drum I am using came from here: http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/material-handling/drum-barrel/drums-pails/drum-open-head-with-plain-cover-3
jacque g wrote:
Dave, could you also describe how you made your version of the little pressure washer?
I have the one from Lehman's, and it works OK, but like everyone else, I think it is poorly built, and I know it won't last long.
Andras Hajdu wrote:For me it seems unrealistic that someone who wishes to run a self sustaining lifestyle and homestead would have time to waste on pedalling a washmachine for hours. If you plan on having a fridge freezer around then you ought to have enough capacity to spin a wachmachine electrically - just make sure to provide the warm water from non electrical sources and thats it. You can still find wachmachines that have separate warm water intakes. Life is too valuable to waste on pedalling a drum of dirty clothes.