Paul Wheaton continues talking with Steve Heckeroth, who has made an electric tractor. Paul shares about his tractor and truck. Steve talks about linear actuators, and hydraulic cylinders. They talk about some more of Steve’s tractor designs, which have even more power despite being smaller in size. They talk about its having tracks, and how it impacts a farmers’ soil. The tractors can lift 1200 lbs. Steve talks about visibility and seeing forward and backward. Steve talks about making the tractors yourself. They talk about small farmers making money, and the market for small tractors. It is less expensive if you buy more than one. Paul explains his paddock shift system with his cattle, and moving the shelter around with his tractor. They talk about things you need a tractor for. Steve shares about being asked to help make a solar-powered Maharishi University in central India in ’95, and he was the only person in the world at that time making tractors that could run off the sun. Steve shares his contact info. They talk about how fast the tractors go. Steve shares about some unfortunate solar cell fate, courtesy of Chevron. They talk about gasoline. Steve talks about Revenge of the Electric Car. Paul talks about stopping by Steve’s when he goes on tour.
Discussing the podcast.
podcast 473 – Permaculture Technology Jamboree – Part 1
podcast 472 – Berm Shed – Part 3
podcast 469 – Gaia’s Garden Chapter 12 – Part 3
podcast 463 – PEP-Skip Foraging – Part1
podcast 462 – WWOOF – Part3
podcast 454 – Julia’s Farm – Part3
196 – Rocket Mass Heaters w/ Ernie & Erica
174 – Steve Heckeroth Electric Tractor Questions