People have been known to make some crazy things with objects we use every day. One of those objects is the engine from your lawnmower due to its versatility and easy installation. These products that have been created are extraordinary and others have us wondering why we didn't think of trying that first.
We have compiled a list of the craziest things people have managed to create with these simple engines. They will give you new ideas all while blowing your mind at the crafter's superior ingenuity. Keep reading to learn about ten crazy things people have made with mower engines!
10 Go Kart
The most famous thing people create out of old lawnmower engines is a go-kart. This is because it is something the whole family can enjoy, and you might even be able to make it out of the old frame of your lawnmower.
The hardest part of this build is creating the frame, as generally, this is the part of the project that fails the most. It has to be sturdy enough to support your weight and the jostling it experiences on the roadway. A poor welding job will cause this to collapse, but there are some pretty great success stories.
9 Gas-Powered Bicycle
You might be wondering why anyone would attach an engine to a bicycle, but the better question is why wouldn't you. This basically turns your bike into a motorcycle at best and assisted pedaling at its worst.
Whichever path you choose will supply you with a bike that doesn't take as much effort to use. A lot of people who try this are those that ride their bikes to work or school and prefer something with a little more power to help them over that hump in the middle of their ride.
Many people have utilized mower engines to make gas-powered blenders. This one might confuse you because blenders can be bought at the store for a cheap price, but it is not as cool as saying you made a blender out of your lawnmower.
Many people use weed wacker engines instead (like the one pictured above), but using a mower engine is not unheard of for this project. It might take a bit more thinking and creativity, but this redneck project is entirely manageable.
7 Boat Motor
Several people have created boat motors out of their mower engines. These are usually attached to a discarded outboard, or they find some way to attach a propeller to the engine. It is a perfect and inexpensive way to operate a small boat, and can even be used as an alternative for trolling.
It might seem a bit crazy and foolhardy to attempt this feat, but for many people, it has paid off in the long run. You may not travel at fast speeds, but you don't really need to if your goal is a leisurely ride out to your favorite fishing spot.
6 Ball Launcher
This is another example of a crazy project someone has decided to take upon themselves to make. It is often useful for athletes in sports like baseball, tennis, and football to have balls flung at them at high speeds. It not only quickens their reaction time but trains them to perfect their technique under pressure.
You can use a mower engine to create one of these monstrosities, but it might be a bit too powerful for certain things. It might not be the best option for your tiny dog, but a person could take the hit and walk away with only a bruise or two.
This is by far one of the coolest inventions on this list because everyone in their right mind should want to build a hovercraft. You could fly down the street, over to your friend Jerry's house, or even to the grocery store. It is the perfect thing to impress your friends with and everyone will want a go on your amazing hovercraft.
They probably won't believe you either when you tell them you made it from your old mower engine. It might seem like a crazy idea, but then again, most good ideas start that way.
It might not have been the brightest idea, but someone made a submarine using a lawnmower engine. Not many of us could fathom being trapped beneath the water in a metal box with nothing more than a motor engine keeping us afloat, but they accomplished the impossible.
This is one build that should be left to the professionals, but a remote-controlled version might not be that bad. It is up to you to decide if you value your safety, but we think most people will probably decide to stay far away from this project.
There was one man who made a mulcher using his old mower engine, a plastic barrel, plywood, lawnmower blades, and a metal chute. This is something that everyone might be able to accomplish and it is actually quite genius when you think about it. It makes bagging leaves every year that much simpler as it shreds them into a waiting bag.
This project also saves you a ton of money because most of the materials are already available to you, and all you have to do is put together. It probably seems a bit crazy, but this is one cool design that deserves an award.
2 Mini Bulldozer
There is a kit available for purchase online called the MINI-DOZER MD196K which is a kit offered by Struck. They offer a package where you can add in your own engine to save a few dollars, and it just so happens that a mower engine will power it.
This makes it easier for you to dig out that patch of your backyard for your inground pool, or you could just drive it around the neighborhood for fun. It will be like living your childhood dream as you throw a bunch of dirt around and rip up your lawn in a fun-filled frenzy.
1 Robotic Mower
This project transforms your lawnmower into a robotic one that doesn't require you to be outside. There is an option for you to make it self-sustaining so it cuts the grass of its own accord.
It is also possible to create a mower that is remote-controlled so you can cut the grass from the comfort of your recliner in front of your bay window. This takes the stress out of mowing and it is easy enough to operate so you can pass it off to someone else in the household.