Daniel and Hayden, recent graduates of the Polytechnic High School in Pasadena, CA, along with their engineering class and several students from nearby Blair High School, recently completed a build of the LifeTrac III (current version is Prototype IV). They will donate the tractor to The South Central Farmers Cooperative, for use on their 120 acre farm in Shafter, CA.
“Our rationale for taking on this project is three pronged. By being among the first- and the first high school aged students- to replicate the Lifetrac, we are doing a service to the Open Ecology Project, and, consequently, may be helping change the future of agriculture everywhere. Our project will, likewise, benefit the South Central Farmers, who are eager to experiment with open source agricultural technology. Finally, bringing a project like this to the Polytechnic School (and, in a smaller degree to Blair High School) will provide aspiring engineers with a chance to use their skills in the field before leaving for college.” – Daniel & Hayden
The lurching you see in the drive in the video below is likely a result of a small problem that can be easily overcome by working on the plumbing of the brake bypass on these hydraulic motors. They plan to finish any final repairs and take care of things like putting in a floor, seat, attaching the bucket and painting it over their Winter break.
Hayden recently left to go to school at Harvard and Daniel Leon is now at the University of San Francisco. We wish them the best of luck – congratulations on some bright futures ahead of you!