pedal powered washing machine
pedal powered washing machine
oct 19, 2010

pedal powered washing machine

following ivan illich’s concept of ‘tools for convivality’, the pedal powered washing machine is aimed at saving one time, labour and fossil fuels by washing clothes without a generator. the open resource project called ‘les outils des l’autonomie’ (the tools of autonomy), provides instructions on how to build one’s own manually powered washing machine – washer x bike – using recycled components.

to build your own pedal powered washing machine you must obtain: – a washing machine with top opening – a bicycle at speed without a fork or small tray with front wheel type ATV (22 teeth) – a belt of the same type as the original of 1.20 depending on the size of the wheel used – minimum rafter measuring ideally, about 5m – tubes, angles, flat bars, bike carriers – thick plate (3-4mm) for turntables – Ø 10-12 bolts, washers, nuts

pedal powered washing machine

to manufacture your ‘washing machine’: – completely remove the inner washing machine, keeping the tank, its door opening and drain hose – secure the vessel on a chassis rafter – present the bike and make the bike carriers using tube, angles or other flat irons available. all elements are welded together to the bike. – slots are drilled into the plates (3-4mm), which allow for the adjustment of the voltage belt – place the bike on the chassis, measuring using a string the length of the belt if necessary – drill four holes into the frame and secure – to prevent slippage of the belt, line the inside rim with a slip – similar to that of skateboard grips – putting it in place, tighten tender and the machine is ready

full instructions can be found on the project’s website here.

pedal powered washing machine

to effectively clean your clothes, the rotation of the tank should not be too fast – about 50 rpm. to achieve this speed, while pedaling comfortably, use a tray of 22 teeth. hot water can come from a water heater, a solar cooker, a cooker timer etc. in keeping with reducing fossil fuels. the manufacture, use and maintenance of the pedal powered washing machin is available to all, powered by one’s manual, physical movement.

  • I can’t see many people in the UK sitting out in the garden doing washing by leg power, but it certainly looks like a great way to keep fit as well as save on the energy bills 🙂
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  • They should put this machine into the gyms. Then they can have a lot of washing done 😉

  • Good work Buddy!!! great exercise too! JUST need to work on the look. Best of luck!!!

  • It’s wonderful! I want one like that!!!

  • The complete presentation of this wonderful tool (un-censored) :
    “This pedal powered washing machine is aimed to save time, labour and fossil fuels, somehow following Ivan Illich’s concept of “tools for conviviality”.
    It is completly built with recycled composants and you can build your own washing-bike following the instruction you’ll found on . This bike has gears and turns the drum.
    Wash cycle : 15 minutes. Rinse : 5 minutes. Spin : 5 minutes.
    Every load of laundry is a principled exercise against France’s nuclear policy !”


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