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  • #31
    Just found this thread - a good read. You have done great job on your property Autosteve.
    It might motivate me to pull my finger out and do some work on my property . Unfortunately my son sport keeps me busy or maybe I am just using this as a excuse. I have 100 acres at marulan which has a large shed fitted out but certainly needs more work . But the main thing we have is a 2.7km full size motocross track built with a 20t excavator and a d5 dozer .

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    • #32
      Originally posted by kkb View Post
      Just found this thread - a good read. You have done great job on your property Autosteve.
      It might motivate me to pull my finger out and do some work on my property . Unfortunately my son sport keeps me busy or maybe I am just using this as a excuse. I have 100 acres at marulan which has a large shed fitted out but certainly needs more work . But the main thing we have is a 2.7km full size motocross track built with a 20t excavator and a d5 dozer .
      Gee, we are near neighbours in Sydney and down there. I live near Mossey if you are into the motocross riding down there. His tracks are legendary.

      The only bike I have down the property is the "Mule". A modded posty bike with knobbys. I used to be right into the off road riding myself till my 1st kid was born then the XR500R had to go for the safety of a cage and 4 wheels. I made a sidewinder buggy and put a 660cc Yamaha in it.

      This is it here and yes, it is on that angle..

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      I targeted a posty as a bike because I did like riding but, "How much trouble can you get into on a 110cc postie bike" was the thinking.

      When we bought the property it was apparent with pine trees and pine cones laying on the ground, bikes just aren't going to work so quads and buggys it is.

      They aren't for racing but more the tool to get things done on the place and for getting around it rather than spending hours walking which they do a fine job of.

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      • #33
        Love the sidewinder . A mate got into a lot of trouble riding a postie but alcohol was involved haha .
        I know the mossey boys but they have been forced into retirement - has something to do with both of them failing a certain test . I think there dad is still doing coaching clinics out of there.

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        • #34
          Great thread and an interesting read. Makes me feel ashamed that I'm too lazy to mow the grass in my little backyard in suburban melbourne...

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Autosteve View Post
            The problem with big alternators is the horse power they pull from the motor to spin them to create the power. The bigger the power demand from the alternator, the bigger the braking effect on the motor.

            If I was to go the car motor approach, ( I'm sure I will one day), the motor will only be going at idle speed and alternators don't produce high current till they are spinning at high rpm so the solution is to run the alternator pulley about 3-4 times larger than the motor pulley.

            This will make the alternator spin up to 4 times the rpm of the motor so idle rpm of the motor, about 850rpm, will drive the alternator at 3400rpm. Problem is most alternators require spinning at over 6000rpm to develop there max output.

            Unfortunately, this will increase the load on the motor at idle by 4 times as well.

            Hopefully, the engine control electronics will increase the fuel to the motor to maintain this load at low idle speed and also the motor RPMs.

            I actually have a couple of car alternators to bolt onto a car motor. It just requires me to make the brackets to suit what ever motor I finally get.

            This again creates another issue. 2 alternators as well as the original car motor alternator will first attempt to stall the motor if the load is to high and if the motor doesn't stall, the alternator drive belt may start to slip on the pulley.

            The alternator is just to be a backup for when the solar fails but I need to sort something out before winter.

            Isn't it interesting to see the issues when you try to create your our power for a house.

            Having a mate that's an auto electrician I can run these stupid ideas I think of past really helps but it's also good to have a knowledge base like on this forum for ideas as well.

            Thanks guys.

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            I had to project manage a lot of work when I was doing automation as my job. While I was hands on, I was in charge of a couple of guys and I learnt real quick to pre-think the job though.

            My mentor's favourite saying was "Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance"

            Him saying that when I stuffed up and all the JSAs I had to write out prior to starting a job had me thinking the job out in the head first right down to what tools I needed for the job.

            The time factor as in "Nah! I'll do it tomorrow" starts backup up the jobs and when the job list is huge, all you can do on a farm is chip away at them.

            The satisfaction comes at the end of the day when you think you have knocked off a couple of them.

            That quite honestly is my only motivation.
            When it's charging, there will be load. A 200 amp alternator isn't putting out 200 amps constantly, if you have a 50 amp alternator and a 200 alternator but all that you are drawing is 20 amps, either will do, and either will have about the same load. But the larger alternator gives you scope for faster charging if you need it, not to mention it will be under a lower load. IN fact you could gear the larger alternator a bit lower so that at idle the load is negligible with the alt only being able to produce say 100 amps at top revs. I din't really understand the concern though. Even a 200 amp alternator is a lot less load on your car engine than the car it was supposed to drag around
            Danny Galaga- the man with no signature...

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Autosteve View Post
              Been on the solar for a couple of years now. I have a bank of up to 10 batteries all 120 amps each. Problems I find is in summer no issue.

              About 30 maps coming from the MPPT solar regulators for about 7-8 hours a day so batteries get a decent charge but nothing is as good as taking them back to suburbia and using my 10 amp mains charger on them one battery at a time.

              A couple of things about solar panels I have found out. Mine are 100 watt panels and in summer those panels will produce up to 25 volts each.

              This is not good because you only want 14.5 volts to charge the batteries. That is all you get coming out of the solar regulators to charge the batteries anyway however when the panel is outputting
              25 volts and the panels are only 100 watts a piece that means you only get 4 amps per panel.

              My solution is on stinking hot sunny days, throw a piece of shade cloth over the panels and this drops the voltage to about 17 volts and the amperage goes up. !00 watts means maximum voltage times amperage equals 100 watts.

              The panels will only output 100 watts. MPPT solar regulators are supposed to convert some of the excess voltage to amps but I beg to differ. Maybe mine are cheap MPPTs , who knows.

              I'm hoping adding another 3 panels will help in winter and relocating the 6 panels that are shaded for a couple of hours a day will help.

              I'm now looking at a generator to charge the batteries properly in winter. A couple of amps during winter just isn't going to charge 1200amps of battery bank.

              That is like expecting a phone charger to charge a car battery if the voltages were correct.

              Unfortunately, the only generators I have found are all mainly 230vAC with only 8-10 amps at 14.5 volts DC for battery charging.

              My solution to this is either get a car motor and fit another alternator to it. One alternator for the running of the car engine and one solely for charging the battery bank so there is no chance of the house solar from blowing up the car engine electronics but I need a car engine for that. Car alternators can output up to 90 amps for a good one and 90 amps will charge 1200 amps of batteries quite well and quick.

              My other solution is use the 8000watt 230 volt AC generator I have to spin a 230 volt AC washing machine motor I have and use a belt from the shaft to spin a car alternator I also have and that alternator can charge the battery bank.

              It's an arse about way to get 14.5vDC with high amps to charge batteries but it should work.

              The car engine would be the better solution but this is what I have. The car engine idea had merits. I was going to fit the radiator into duct work into the house and using an electric fan on the radiator, that heat could be pumped into the house to warm it up in winter when I arrive in the middle of the night as is usually the case in winter.

              The duct work could have a flap in the duct to divert the hot air outside the house when heating isn't required or reverse the electric fan on the radiator to pull heat out of the house like in summer.

              If you have any ideas on how I could work with solar better, I'm happy to hear. Hell, I'm scratching my head. However they expect the country to run on solar and wind is way beyond me unless I fill the roof with panels and use masses of batteries.

              I'm not expecting a full house running on solar, just lighting and 12vDC devices with reliability in winter and something that doesn't have me watching every amp I use when it rains for a couple of days.
              What about 12v solar panels?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by kkb View Post
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                I know the mossey boys but they have been forced into retirement - has something to do with both of them failing a certain test . I think there dad is still doing coaching clinics out of there.
                Yer it is the father's property a couple of farms away and last I spoke to him he was still doing the coaching.

                Funny guy. He had about 5 empty schooners at his table at the pub hooking in on the 6th saying he had been notified by the fireys earlier of a fire they had spotted from there chopper at the back of his farm and the terrain didn't allow them to access it any time soon.

                His solution was drink up big and go piss on it and it looked to me he was serious.

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                • #38
                  just picked up on this thread. Jealous as.
                  It must be great to get out in the bush and do your own thing , on YOUR own place.
                  Your lucky that your wife loves it too, this is a hurdle I cant get across.
                  I worry about security but read that you have a good neighbour to keep an eye on it for you. nice.

                  my only message is tractor/quad safety. I lost a workmate of 20 yrs last year when he rolled his tractor chasing firewood on his weekender.managed to throw his grandson clear , but not himself. A tragic loss for his family. old tractor with no real ROPS . same with quads - wear a helmet always.

                  looking forward to future posts.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by morgo View Post
                    just picked up on this thread. Jealous as.
                    It must be great to get out in the bush and do your own thing , on YOUR own place.
                    Your lucky that your wife loves it too, this is a hurdle I cant get across.
                    Who said the wife loves it. No seriously she has surprised me at times by what she has done like going with my boys and picking up boxes of tiles for the showers etc and meeting me out the farm.

                    Driving into Nowra with the trailer and she can't reverse for her life with it on and picked up furniture for the place.

                    Fired a shotgun that jumped out her hands and then come back for another shot.
                    Originally posted by morgo View Post
                    I worry about security but read that you have a good neighbour to keep an eye on it for you. nice.
                    Yes, a lot of places do get robbed, that is a fact. The police are over an hour away and most law is conducted by locals as a result.

                    We all look after each other's farms and what looks like no one is around is often not the case. My neighbours can see my driveway and are well aware of the vehicles we own.

                    An unusual vehicle at the gate will just be watched but if tools come out to gain access or the vehicle goes onto the place and the neighbour is over with a shotgun and his bull mastiff.

                    He was out one day and a couple of his vehicles had batteries stolen. I wasn't there that day but gives you some idea what does happen. Another neighbour got the vehicle plate and the car was pulled over before getting to the main road by the police. It was a serial robber they had been after for a number of breakins.
                    Originally posted by morgo View Post
                    my only message is tractor/quad safety. I lost a workmate of 20 yrs last year when he rolled his tractor chasing firewood on his weekender.managed to throw his grandson clear , but not himself. A tragic loss for his family. old tractor with no real ROPS . same with quads - wear a helmet always.
                    My tractor has ROPS and about two months ago I bounced it at super low speed nearly on it's side. I was pulling out a tree in low/low gear and it nearly pulled itself on it's roof. They are incredibly useful but equally deadly.

                    Tractor deaths, neighbour just told me 3 farms away the new owner was squashed to death between his tractor and a barn just 3 months ago in front of his wife and kids.

                    Seems he got out of it while it was running and it jumped into gear and crushed him. We were both saying, "never get out of the tractor while it is running".

                    Sad part was he was squashed but alive and maybe would have lived only his wife had no idea how to turn the tractor off. She did turn the key off but that doesn't kill the motor on a diesel tractor.

                    Since then I have shown my wife how to kill the tractor's motor. You never think it can happen but she knows now just in case.

                    Originally posted by morgo View Post
                    looking forward to future posts.
                    As long as people like to read it, it's a pleasure to write it.

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                    • #40
                      The property I own was purchased with the advance knowledge that the former owner was killed in the old shed when he was run over by his own tractor. The shed is long gone now as it had structural damage from that incident.

                      My wife loves it out here & she will jump on the tractor, shoot the 223, shotgun or the 22 without blinking. As far as security goes, well the dog is very scary & the sign states-

                      "Due to the high cost of ammunition, there will be NO Warning Shot". seems to do the trick!..
                      Gemini2544's 4th Pinball meet Saturday 21/03/2020

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Gemini2544 View Post
                        The property I own was purchased with the advance knowledge that the former owner was killed in the old shed when he was run over by his own tractor. The shed is long gone now as it had structural damage from that incident.

                        My wife loves it out here & she will jump on the tractor, shoot the 223, shotgun or the 22 without blinking. As far as security goes, well the dog is very scary & the sign states-

                        "Due to the high cost of ammunition, there will be NO Warning Shot". seems to do the trick!..
                        No way known my wife will go near my tractor. Actually very few people want to go inside it. 16 gears and a heap of levers sticking up from the floor.

                        Hell, you get it wrong sitting in the seat and you will quickly get analised.

                        The wife was firing my 12 gauge, that was the shotty she near dropped. I actually bought her a 410 for the snakes but that thing kicks like a mule.

                        I'm glad I fired it before her. If she fired that she would never fire a gun again.

                        Made the same mistake with my eldest son. I thought a small coach gun would be ideal but that thing is brutal as well. Him and I both use 5 shot Adlers now.

                        I bought a 357 magnum for the pigs and put a scope on it. Nice and powerful but not much more kick than your 223. (I used to have a M14 223 till they were banned).

                        Because of all the pig in my area, the best signs are "10 80 in use in this area". That stops the piggers with the dogs going through. Heaps of piggers dogs get lost in the area.

                        They quickly become feral and travel around in packs. My youngest son was 7 when we first bought the place and we were warmed not to let him wander around by himself because of the feral dogs.

                        I haven't caught any on the trail cams yet or seen any but my sons and I swear we saw a black panther.

                        I'd of said it was a large black pig, we see them quite often, but this one had a one meter long, black tail. Make what you think of that. I have asked many locals and they suggest a large quoll.

                        Nice try but about 1/3 the size...

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                        Two locals did call me aside and asked about the panther. They both claim to have seen something like that themselves. To this day I just say it was a pig with a long straight tail.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Autosteve View Post
                          No way known my wife will go near my tractor. Actually very few people want to go inside it. 16 gears and a heap of levers sticking up from the floor.

                          Hell, you get it wrong sitting in the seat and you will quickly get analised.

                          The wife was firing my 12 gauge, that was the shotty she near dropped. I actually bought her a 410 for the snakes but that thing kicks like a mule.

                          I'm glad I fired it before her. If she fired that she would never fire a gun again.

                          Made the same mistake with my eldest son. I thought a small coach gun would be ideal but that thing is brutal as well. Him and I both use 5 shot Adlers now.

                          I bought a 357 magnum for the pigs and put a scope on it. Nice and powerful but not much more kick than your 223. (I used to have a M14 223 till they were banned).

                          Because of all the pig in my area, the best signs are "10 80 in use in this area". That stops the piggers with the dogs going through. Heaps of piggers dogs get lost in the area.

                          They quickly become feral and travel around in packs. My youngest son was 7 when we first bought the place and we were warmed not to let him wander around by himself because of the feral dogs.

                          I haven't caught any on the trail cams yet or seen any but my sons and I swear we saw a black panther.

                          I'd of said it was a large black pig, we see them quite often, but this one had a one meter long, black tail. Make what you think of that. I have asked many locals and they suggest a large quoll.

                          Nice try but about 1/3 the size...

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                          Two locals did call me aside and asked about the panther. They both claim to have seen something like that themselves. To this day I just say it was a pig with a long straight tail.
                          Plenty of black panthers west of Sydney.

                          https://www.google.com.au/#safe=stri...lack+panther&*

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                          • #43
                            Your black panthers are feral cats, They grow really big in the wild. I killed one here about 5 years ago and it was as big as a Labrador dog. You can tell their from a feral generation due to the big bull face they have, their big & it scares people into thinking the circus lost one of there big cats.

                            Trying to chase up my son who might still have pix's of the dead beast.
                            Last edited by Gemini2544; 3rd March 2017, 11:57 AM.
                            Gemini2544's 4th Pinball meet Saturday 21/03/2020

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                            • #44
                              Just been away for the last 6 days down the farm. The Black Pyramid pinball seems to be happy running on the generator however when I first powered it up, it looked as I hadn't done the resistor hack to any of the LEDs and all the switched illumination LEDs were all strobing very noticeably.

                              However, I turned it off and back on and all the strobing was gone. I'm thinking maybe a frequency issue but I really am only guessing. The machine and generator were started many times during the week and the issue of the strobing didn't return again so maybe just an initial hiccup?.

                              God I hate hiccups. Usually a sign of problems to come but so far so good.

                              The machine coped a flogging with over 200 games played and no further issues so I guess it was worth the investment.

                              It looks cool in the corner of the pool room however I think it will get lonely and seeing as pinballs are a social beast, I'm thinking just one more pinball to keep it company aye.

                              Another 80s Williams or Bally so there is no age gap I'm thinking.

                              About the farm, I have heaps of pictures of the pinball and just shit we did down the farm I'll post when I clean out my PhotoBucket account so it can host the pictures.

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                              • #45
                                "as pinballs are a social beast"

                                If ever I've heard an excuse for more!!
                                PINBALL gotta love it

                                "There's no such thing as too much bling"

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