How to Make a Lawn Mower 4 Wheel Drive
The American population is experiencing a significant shift in how we live and work. We’re becoming more urbanized and less rural, so our homes are becoming closer to one another, and we need to find ways to get around without driving. This blog post will show you how to make a lawn mower 4-wheel drive so you can take care of your front yard without going out of your way!
This can be done with any number of axles that have been cut down to size and any wheels that are round and large enough to fit on the axle head. The first step is removing the blade from your current lawnmower so it doesn’t interfere with the new design.
You then attach one end of each axle onto either side of one wheel near the center point where it attaches to your frame. Read this blog post to know more!
6 Advantages of Making a Lawn Mower 4-Wheel Drive
1. More Traction and Stability:
With four-wheel drive, you get more control over your lawnmower. You can easily cut grass in steep or slippery areas of your yard.
2. Better Safety:
It is dangerous to drive a traditional riding lawn mower because the driver is seated very high off the ground and has limited visibility. 4-wheel drive lawnmowers are equipped with seatbelts and rollover protection bars to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle.
3. Cuts any Terrain:
A 4-wheel drive lawn mower can cut through tough grass, mud, bumps, or holes without you having to worry about getting stuck. If your yard has a lot of hills and ridges, this is the best option for you.
4. Ideal for Those With Hilly Yards:
If your yard has many steep slopes or hills that are difficult to cut, then a 4-wheel drive is the only way to go. The 4-wheel drive function makes it easier to get up steep areas of your yard without difficulties.
5. Easier to Use in Snow:
If you live in an area that gets snowfall during the winter, it may be difficult to cut your lawn with a 2-wheel drive vehicle.
6. Easier to Transport:
A 4-wheel drive lawn mower can make it a lot easier to transport from one location to the other. It’s not as heavy as a two-wheel drive vehicle, making it easy for you to move from yard to yard if you provide lawn services.
Things You’ll Need:
- Lawn Mower
- 2 Cinder blocks
- 4 Locks (1/2″ – 3/4″) with nuts and washers attached
- 2 1/2″ Metal pipe pieces (cut to the same length)
- Pipe cutter (or hack saw or another tool that can cut metal)
- Drill with 3/8″ bit and 5/32″ bit
Instructions: How to Make a Lawn Mower 4-Wheel Drive
First, disassemble the lawnmower to determine which parts need reinforcement.
Then, reinforce all of the weak points with metal. Use steel rods for leverage and ensure they are connected through welding or bolting. You can use either one but be sure you drill out holes first. Satellite dishes work well for reinforcing bases since they are sturdy and have holes already drilled out on the bottom.
After reinforcing, it is time to add on some wheels. Use either four wheel caster-type wheels or tank treads attached with metal rods and screws. Make sure that the screws you use will cut into the plastic just enough so that they will not fall out.
After adding wheels, it is time to build the motor compartment. Use more steel rods with satellite dish pieces for protection on the sides of the lawnmower. Then use a hatch-type door in front with metal rod hinges attached.
Add some propulsion devices, such as batteries, motors, or leaf blowers.
Finally, add the finishing touches! Use paint and decals to make your lawn mower look like a robot or other fun design that you find appealing.
Some Tips and Suggestions:
1. It is recommended to purchase at least one additional part (such as an extra chain tensioner) in case you make a mistake while performing the steps.
2. The dimensions in the instructions are for a typical lawnmower which will be simulated in this Instructable.
3. You should read through all of the steps before attempting them to understand how to use each tool or perform each task.
4. All times during this Instructable are approximate and do not include the time it takes to find or purchase parts.
5. Two people should perform the first step, but the other steps can typically be completed alone.
6. You are free to make changes during the project to fit your personal preferences best or to account for parts you may already have available.
Precautions and Safety Measures:
1. If you are working on your lawnmower for any significant time, wear eye protection and work gloves.
2. There is always the possibility of injury and death from lawnmower parts moving, including lawnmower blades, rocker arms (and their pivot points), flywheel, and other rotating components, especially during braking/deceleration because those motions tend to be highly amplified in a relatively small machine such as this.
3. Always keep your hands and fingers away from those parts.
4. When working with the lawnmower, always cut the power to its spark plug (and thus deactivate its ignition) by either disengaging the mower blades or shutting off the engine’s fuel supply.
5. Never start up your lawnmower unless the mower blades and all other rotating components are not moving.
6. When working on this lawnmower, be sure that its wheels and axles can not roll or turn by themselves because that could lead to the lawnmower moving unexpectedly and thereby cause an injury or fatality.
7. A vehicle’s battery may contain sulfuric acid or other toxic chemicals. While there is no battery in this project’s demonstration, the same precautions should be used with lead-acid batteries.
In conclusion, lawnmowers have been around for a long time, and they are still going strong. As the world grows more technologically advanced, so will the methods of how we get our yards looking great. You can use a lawnmower with a two-wheel drive to make it a four-wheel dream, but you will need some profound know-how.
This article provides an overview of how to make a lawn mower 4-wheel drive and what you’ll need to make the process works. With this knowledge in hand, go forth and conquer your front or backyard! Lawnmowers with 4-wheel drives may be in use soon enough, but keep up on your maintenance, and you’ll be good!