One Last Piece

The electric riding mower is almost ready for its first test. I am happy with the drive train and have even added a switch to the brake that that turns off the motor when braking. I was going to turn off the motor manually when braking, but too easy to burn up another fuse that way, or worse.

Still playing around with how to attach the lift mechanism to the blades. My biggest concern right now is what happens when you bump into something. The old gas mower was heavy duty, and I still managed to bend and break stuff. This won’t be as strong and will break more easily. I just don’t have a good feel for how much movement to allow. The old deck was mounted at four points which was more stable. This will be just two points. Maybe I should have kept more of the old lift mechanism, but it was a bit complicated. Right now I’m thinking of ways to limit movement. Things will break if you hit them hard enough, but I’m going to try to keep it to a minimum. Actually I suppose I will be easier on this machine than I was on the old gas mower.

One other bit. Sometimes my progress depends on Amazon deliveries. There are two parts to the old lift mechanism. I want to reuse them and each has an advantage and disadvantage. I’m also learned that although they seem interchangeable, one is maybe a quarter of an inch offset. Nothing some big washers wouldn’t fix. Except I didn’t have any big washers. So two days to mull it over while Amazon ships my washers.

Texas Energy Blame Game

The state government in Texas is trying to blame renewables for their failures in the Big Freeze. I won’t even say it was gas that was the problem. Just failure to winterize the system, which was heavily gas based. Not widely discussed, but lack of gas from Texas also left millions in Mexico without power. Hard to blame that on renewables.

A good read on the subject that quotes a former ERCOT member:

“They would have to be complete idiots if they think what they’re doing is solving the problem,” he said. He doesn’t actually think elected officials are idiots, he added, but he does think they are acting out of political convenience.

Texas Politicians Aim to Penalize Wind and Solar in Response to Outages. Are Renewables Now Strong Enough to Defend Themselves?