Converting a Lawn Mower Into a Generator

by Erich

With Spring almost here, keep on the lookout for many of your neighbors clearing out their sheds and getting rid of their older lawn mowers in hopes of upgrading to newer models.

I see them every year around this time lying in front of their houses, waiting for the trash man to come pick them up. While many of them are junk, there are quite a few whose engines just need a little tune up and can be used to convert into a generator.

Converting a lawn mower into a generator is not a complicated process. Here are the parts you’ll need:

  1. Engine
  2. Alternator
  3. Electrical Wires
  4. V-Belt
  5. Pully
  6. (optional) Mounting Bracket

How to Convert a Lawn Mower Into a Generator

There’s a number of great sites online that details this process. Here is a couple of the more notable ones:

  • EpiCenter.com: These guys go into some good detail on how to convert a lawn mower into a generator, detailing setup, build, and wiring. What’s great is that they sell all the parts you need so you don’t have to go digging through the web to find the different parts.
  • HomeDNS.org: Some good details into converting a lawn mower into a generator.

Lawn mower Generator Examples

For some inspiration, here are some videos on Youtube showing some different designs for homemade lawn mower generators:

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11 Comments»

Comment by Jason
2011-04-10 01:26:32

lmao man, where do you think this stuff up? That’s an awesome idea!

 
Comment by Joyce
2011-04-10 10:59:16

That amazing.Never would have thought of it..

 
Comment by Dave, RN
2011-04-11 13:48:00

I might have to try that. I have an old edger with a 3.5HP engine that’s only been used a few times. I was going to sell it this weekend at a garage sale… The driveshaft comes out of the side, but it should still work. Although I think I’d rather take the money I can get for it and use that towards some solar panels and make a solar generator.

 
Comment by Hedge
2012-11-30 13:01:22

Heh, although solar doesn’t work at night or in the rain. I’ve mowed my lawn in both situations…

 
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Comment by Jenifer
2015-04-26 07:25:50

That’s awesome idea. Videos is relay helpful to understood this. Using this part Convert a Lawn Mower Into a Generator is really good.

 
Comment by Jenny
2015-05-05 18:11:01

This is a good post and good way to use Lawn Mower Into a Generator. Really i like this system. I think it will be so helpful as generator also Lawn Mower.

 
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