According to the EPA, every weekend about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using more than 15,000,000 gallons of gas (that’s more the 800 million annually) and producing tons of air polluting volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides. More than 325,000 gallons (that’s 17,000,000 annually) are spilled just filling them up – that’s more than what was spilled by the Exxon Valdez disaster.
Studies have shown that one gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 miles in an hour.
Replacing 500 gas mowers with electric or non-powered mowers would spare the air of:
• 212 pounds of hydrocarbons
• 1.7 pounds of nitrogen oxides
• 5.6 pounds of irritating particles
• 1,724 pounds of carbon dioxide
Introducing the Yard Mule, a collection of environmentally friendly lawn & garden tools designed to be quiet, clean and flexible. At its center is a battery driven drive unit that a multitude of tools are attached. Attachments include: Rotary or Reel Lawn Mowers, Garden Carts, Garden Tillers, Snow Blowers, Lawn Sweepers, just to name a few. Complex machines like a Forklift/Hoist Combo, Back Hoe, Front Loader, and Dozer Blade can be attached as well. When not in use the batteries are charged with a solar power charger.
It's Saturday morning and you need to get your yard into shape for your lawn party tonight. Let’s see, you need to mow and edge the lawn, trim the bushes and weed the flower beds. So, you get up early, gas the Mower, mix the edger and trimmer fuel and filled them. Then you put on your safety glasses, ear plugs and steel toed shoes and go to work. Oh, did I mention it was hot, noisy, smelly and uncomfortable. You wonder if you can even make it to your own party.
What if, you could do it this way?
You roll over in bed, grab your phone and start mowing. When that’s done, and when you’re ready, you attach your cart, load up your electric edger, trimmer, and snips, and fill the on-board cooler and head out, your favorite tunes playing in the background. Your “Mule Team” follows you around as you edge, trim, cut, snip and spruced up your place. It still may be warm, but it’s quiet, it’s clean and it’s peaceful. This party will be the talk of the neighborhood.
That's how it could be if you owned the Yard Mule, the quietest, cleanest and easiest to use Lawn & Garden Care Invention.
Finally, Mules are strong, versatile and intelligent animals. They can be ridden into town, plow a field or just keep you company. Just like the animal, the Yard Mule is a flexible and environmentally friendly set of tools used to keep your yard looking great, give you a lift or carry that load. It doesn't rob the grid, and its smoke free and doesn’t stink.
Please vote for a new era in lawn and garden care.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Name: Michael Rother
Type of entry: individual
Number of times previously entering contest:4
Michael's favorite design and analysis
AutoCAD Fusion 360.
Michael's hobbies and activities:
Cooking, Fishing, Traveling, Singing
Michael belongs to these online communities:
Grabcad, PLM World, Facebook, linkedIn
Michael is inspired by:
Finding ways to make doing a thing easier. I look at things and wonder "what were they thinking", or "I can fix that". I like to help folks do things easier, faster, cheaper and cleaner.
Software used for this entry:
Autodesk Fusion 360
Patent status: none