David Cameron wrote:I have a treadle grinder/polisher made in 1895. I used this as a silversmith and as a knife-maker for decades. It was perfect for the decade we were off-grid and gives better control than electric grinder/polishers. The leather belts need replacing now but otherwise I expect this machine could go on working for centuries more.
Josephine Howland wrote:Could this replace the need for an electric pump? Any mechanical types have ideas?
Thomas Tipton wrote:I once considered the potential for a large treadmill like device that would be powered by a small number of people walking casually on a the slight uphill slope which would be approaching the highest point of a large wheel that is buried within the ground, or a structure. I had originally considered it like putting people in a hamster wheel, but if someone fell or could not keep the pace the results would not be pleasant. But walking uphill on TOP of the wheel could preclude the risk of injury. Just a silly idea, I know.
Patrick Kniesler wrote:What about attaching a treadle+flywheel to one of those flexible drive conduits. The end could have a universal attachment.
Either the equipment could move to the treadle, or the treadle could be placed on the floor in front of the kitchen device and the drive conduit snaked up onto the table or counter.
I like the idea of having a treadle hole built into a cabinet.
Jordan Beaupré wrote:While trying to find the average horse power of a foot treadle, I found this bandsaw with some kind of foot powered thing that I am not sure count as a treadle:
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any plan for this machine. I wonder if it requires a lot of maintenance.
Jordan Beaupré wrote:...Pulleys are a great way to easily pull stuff with less strength. The bike could be used to store the energy by lifting something heavy (a big rock for instance) and then using a system that would use the energy from dropping that rock. With a good pulley system to lift the rock, wouldn't that result in less energy spent to store more energy?