discordium: Burr: Burr: Mikey1969: Hey dipshiats, how do you compress the air? Happy thoughts? Yes there are manual air compressors, but I'd bet they aren't enough to power a shop full of tools all day.They are allowed to use hydraulics...And, under certain circumstances, they are allowed to use gas generators as well.I am really curious, too. How is it OK to power an air compressor or hydraulics, but not power the saw? Are there Amish rules on direct use of power? Anyone help?
Mikey1969: Which produce electricity, and would just cut out the middle man and remove the need for the air powered tools anyway. This is what will keep me up at nights now, everything leads to a new paradox, IMHO.
dittybopper: Burr: Mikey1969: Hey dipshiats, how do you compress the air? Happy thoughts? Yes there are manual air compressors, but I'd bet they aren't enough to power a shop full of tools all day.They are allowed to use hydraulics...OK, so you could hook a manual compressor up to a water wheel, and just let the thing run. Tank would have a safety valve that when activated shut down the water source via compressed air piston closing off the sluice. A separate valve would vent the piston when tank pressure dropped below some minimum number, piston would retract, and the sluice would open, causing the water wheel to turn and thus charging up the tank again.
Nurglitch: This thread is kind of sad when the article makes exactly the point that the Amish aren't opposed to technology: just mindful of its impact on their lives.
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