Pedal-Powered PTO

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    Can you imagine what you could do with a pedal-powered PTO? Pumping volumes of water by human power is now possible and simple with the use of a block and tackle, tripod (or pump column also used to install pump and drop pipe) and a pedal-powered PTO.

    So far, I’ve been able to pump almost 6 gallons of water in just 34 seconds. There is a force of several hundred pounds pumping from an 80-foot static water level with a 4-inch cylinder and a 2-inch drop pipe. I am 50+ years old, weighing in at 150 pounds, so imagine how much you could pump. The gears can also be switched around for torque (well pump, pump jack) or for speed (generator, grinder).

    What would you do with a pedal powered PTO?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EMtFlmFqWTs

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