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.
CheatCommando: Mad_Radhu: 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 buy compressed air cylinders?To be honest, I think they use windmills and watermills to drive the compressors. Some use diesel or even steam engines, as they had adopted belt driven tools years ago and it is fairly easy to belt drive a compressor and then feed the air to the tools.
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.
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