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An open source tractor?

March 1, 2011

LifeTrac, the low cost multipurpose open source tractor.

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen since science scout badges. The LifeTrac is an articulated tractor for agricultural purposes, designed so that (almost) anyone can build one, anywhere.

The goal is to have the user-owner fully capable of maintenance. By design, no issue in LifeTrac should be more expensive than $250 to fix.

Standard steel parts, bolted not welded. No transmission – the drive is hydraulic. Can be fitted with various power sources – including biofuel engines or horses!

It’s part of The Global Village Construction Set, a project to make plans available for sustainable communities to build their own essential machines and tools in what they describe as “post-scarcity” conditions. Presumably, many of these plans could also be used in existing communities in “scarcity” conditions in developing countries. It’s a fascinating idea, and I highly recommend you check it out.

[H/T: Carole Cadwalladr]

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 5, 2011 22:51

    I want to drive it. Really bad. Like I would totally trade my car for it.

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