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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 07:19 AM

And you think your garden tractor is hard to start.....


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Posted November 20, 2012 - 07:37 AM

Thanks for that.
That's quite the old beast.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 07:44 AM

You wouldn't want to shut it down too often. Get it running and get the job done! Cool old crawler!

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 07:53 AM

Those shot gun starters were popular over in Europe back in the day

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 08:09 AM

Glad I don't have to start my pickup that way.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 09:07 AM

Thanks for the post.. Makes us really appreciate the modern electric starter.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 09:23 AM

I was thinking how bad it would be to have to try to start it up at about 6:00 am with a blowing wind and temps in the 30's or lower.......and just think,......this was probably the latest and greatest labor saving machine at that time.....they were thinking......I don't have to hook up the plow horses or mules anymore............so ......hook up 4 horses or spend time cranking one engine......
Yep thank goodness for electric starters, heated cabs, etc Thanks for sharing! Neat video!

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 10:40 AM

I knew that a lot of old planes used shotgun starters but that is the first tractor I have seen.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 10:47 AM

That is interesting, I had never seen the shotgun shells used that way. I've heard a lot of stories about people(people I knew) blowing heads off cars and cranks out the bottomend using the Caterpiller ether capsules in gas engines.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 04:36 PM

I remember seeing a movie where an airplane engine was started by a gun shell, and what a joy to find that my memory IS still functioning:

http://en.wikipedia...._engine_starter

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 05:38 PM

That was so interesting to watch! Thanks for the video! Was he dumping cough syrup in the water tank lol.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 05:49 PM

very cool thanks for shareing

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 06:57 PM

I'm still wondering about that thing he lit and stuck in it.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 08:06 PM

I'm still wondering about that thing he lit and stuck in it.


That "thing" is a piece of heavy paper that has been soaked in saltpeter. They roll it up and then light it to get an ember on it. The shotgun shells they use to do that are not as potent as a regular shotgun cartridge is. They have less powder and are setup to have a slower burn than a regular shell. Also they don't have bb's in them which I assume is obvious. They can be started on a regular handcrank as well and from what I hear that is the way to do it as the shells are hard on the bearings and the crankshaft.

There are a couple other videos on youtube I think are better than that one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Sr8S9uQMc


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEurohAwrmA

Edited by IHCubGuy, November 20, 2012 - 08:06 PM.

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