[Kartbuilding] [Kartbuilding Blog] Comment: "Plans for a Lawnmower Powered Go-Kart - Finished"

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Wed Feb 17 23:25:39 GMT 2010

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for your excellent feedback and comment on the kartbuilding blog ( 

I have replied to your comments and I will add some notes to the kart 
plans reflecting some of the details you mentioned.

Best of luck,

On Wed, 10 Feb 2010, Jonny wrote:

> New comment on your post #61 "Plans for a Lawnmower Powered Go-Kart - Finished"
> E-mail : jonathan.lloyd2000
> URL    :
> Hi,
> Just looked at your plans for a wooden gokart with a lawnmower engine. It looks great but I think you should mention that most lawnmower engines, of the push along variety, need the weight of a mower blade connected directly to the drive shaft acting as a flywheel. They are built with lighter flywheels, which are obviously cheaper! Without the blade, or at least some form of weight greater than an average pulley, the engine will be almost impossible to start and snatch the pull cord out of your hand.
> Also, your setup does not have a slack belt clutch system, which would never work with a twist of 90deg in the drive. How do you engage/disengage drive?
> Lastly, the machine is shown with a fixed rear axle. Without a differential and using a centre pivot steering system, the machine will, at best, be difficult to steer, at worst, just plough straight ahead!
> Sorry if I sound negative, I just think people who are going to spend a lot of time building should be aware of these things before they get to that stage.
> Good to see people putting stuff like this on the net though. You have done more than me!

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