Our Not-So-Amish Paradise : Building A 5000W Electric Lawn Tractor With A Custom 13S20P 30Q 60Ah pack

For the last several years my wife and I have gone from a single tiny patch of Asparagus to having Organic and Permaculture garden and orchard that is well over 2 acres of cultivated land. We have hand grafted hundreds of fruit trees and moved many tons of soil, leaf matter and woodchips mostly by hand. I’ve found a level of peace in my heart from hard work and sacrifice that I never thought I would ever have, and that has led me to the pursuit of having a farm without fossil-fueled machinery nor beasts of burden. I’ve wondered how much my wife and I can accomplish with just our bodies and whatever electric-powered tools we can obtain or build. The answer is that you can do a lot more work than you think you can, especially if you’re not burdened down with a full-time job. Last year we decided that we needed to build an electric lawn tractor both for mowing and for moving things around the property so we set a budget of $2000 to build something that would suit our needs that we could easily charge from our off-grid solar array. This article is about that journey and how we ended up with a 5000W Craftsman lawn tractor with a Motoenergy ME-1004 200 Amp motor and a custom-built 13S...

Welcome to the latest edition of road.cc’s buyer’s guide to summer cycling socks in which you’ll

Welcome to the latest edition of road.cc’s buyer’s guide to summer cycling socks in which you’ll find everything you need to know to find the right socks for you, plus our pick of 14 of the best socks. The warmer weather is coming, and what better way to freshen up your cycling wardrobe and keep your feet cool than some new socks. You can wear any socks you want for cycling, but cycling-specific summer socks are made from lightweight and breathable fabrics that keep your feet cool and dry in hot weather, and will be far more comfortable than regular sports socks. Most summer cycling socks are made from polyester because it’s breathable, can be woven into thin fabrics and wicks sweat away from the skin. Polyester fabrics also dry quickly, which helps stop your feet getting sweaty. Socks are also made from Merino wool, which has the advantage of not holding odours like man-made fabrics. Many cycling socks will have mesh panels strategically placed to further help keep your feet cool. For durability, some will have a harder-wearing material in the sole, heel and toe area. Cycling socks will also have a cuff which prevents them from sliding down your ankle. The height o...