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#1 Farmlife OFFLINE  

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Posted September 26, 2012 - 07:28 PM

Everyone needs to take a break from everything else and just have some fun. My idea of "fun" is building something. Just thought i'd share my potato launcher......tip: cheaper hairspray works best!!IMAG_0026.jpg
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Posted September 26, 2012 - 07:36 PM

Buddy of mine built one, they use acetylene to power it. Stuff potato in, unscrew end cap, fill up with acetylene, put cap and and BOOM! there ya have it a flying potato. Loud as all heck but sweet. They also made a GATOR tank from a JD gator and extra fiberglass and wood that they mount it on. I plan on one myself, using some sort of food.
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Posted September 26, 2012 - 07:40 PM

They sure are alota fun. It was somethin a lil diff & i was on my own schedule which made it even better....

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Posted September 26, 2012 - 07:50 PM

Years ago a friend of mine made one from 3 lb coffee cans, used a whole roll of duct tape to hold it together, bigger is better right?

Well he stuffed a volley ball down the tube, filled it up with a can of hair spray, and fired it!

That was the one and ONLY time he fired it. He burned all the hair off his arm, and couldn't hear for a few days. The volley ball landed a block and a half away and about hit a kid. He quickly took the launcher apart.
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Posted September 26, 2012 - 07:57 PM

i dont recommend this but i made a golf ball gun one time . it will send a golf ball farther than you can see .
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Posted September 26, 2012 - 08:13 PM

Can't stop laughin!!!!!!! I know its not somethin i should laugh at but i can picture that volleyball....

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Posted September 26, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Those potato guns are fun. I stuff in an apple in apple season. Boy, are they fun

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Posted September 26, 2012 - 08:25 PM

I can't wait for someone to neck down a pumpkin cannon to use small fruit!

But, hey!!! Be careful you don't put your eye out!

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Posted September 27, 2012 - 04:21 AM

Neat....
I was walking down the aisle at work with a 6 foot long piece of 6" PVC pipe on my shoulder. Everyone was looking at me with a question in their stare.
I just said, "Everyone builds a potatoe gun, I'm going to shoot bowling balls"!
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Posted September 27, 2012 - 08:13 AM

I like the spud gun , always a ton of fun. I use lighter fluid in mine though, as all the hairsprays I could find had lame propellants.

My brother's spud gun got around the combustable part entirely, using compressed air ( albeit rather low PSI ) and a lawn sprinkler valve as the dump valve.

THis is a must read for anyone who likes to dabble in such hobbies : http://www.backyard-ballistics.com/

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Posted September 27, 2012 - 09:37 AM

Ha!! I don't know about you guys? I spend all summer trying to grow food and you just blow it away?
Just kidding!
Friend of mine's son built one to launch tennis balls, worked pretty good untill the fuzz caught fire and started his pasture on fire??

Back in 1965 we took a trip to Texas before my brother left for the Navy. Bought several gross of cherry bombs in Missouri on the way down. Uncle Bud had a engine pulling hoist frame made from drill pipe(looked like a swingset. We tipped it over so the pipe was angled up dropped a cherry bomb in and dropped marbles over that. Shot them over the highway like a shotgun.

Another story from that trip. There is a Sand Hill state park near Monahans, and some local boys took us sand surfing on the dunes. That is a 1X12 with linoleum on one side, waxed every couple runs.
But where it gets funny was swimming in the stock tank, and of course boys being boys we got into a mud fight.
Telling the story to my parents and uncle every time we would say mud, uncle Bud would say Sheep Sh*t.
He then explained that the soil was so pourous to hold water they lined the bottom of the tank with sheep manure out there. I would never think of slinging poo for fun?

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Posted September 27, 2012 - 01:55 PM

Uummmh..... Isn't this a family friendly forum??? Are we giving the kiddies bad ideas???

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Posted September 27, 2012 - 11:46 PM

Uummmh..... Isn't this a family friendly forum??? Are we giving the kiddies bad ideas???


LD, didn't you have just one little "BAD IDEA" when you were a... kiddy? :smilewink: I always had 'em because I observed adults veeery closely and look, I'm still here! :dancingbanana:

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 06:02 AM

Well, my cannon used cherry bombs...... but, we're supposed to set an example,right???

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 06:27 AM

Man, I haven't seen a cherry bomb in years! Never forget the time my brother missed the car window and it landed in the back seat. Boy, was that loud!




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