MOTHER's Do-It-Yourself Mini-Tractor (part 1)

MOTHER's do-it-yourself mini-tractor for the homestead, includes details on the fabrication of the vehicle's frame and drive train, as well as the selection of the engine and running gear.

| July/August 1982

Gardening, logging, lawn care, and snowplowing all add up to big bucks, unless you build MOTHER's do-it-yourself mini-tractor. (See the detailed mini-tractor diagrams in the image gallery.)

Home gardening is presently enjoying a steady increase in popularity. And we suspect that as the economy worsens, and as greater numbers of people begin to take a discriminating look at the often questionably safe methods and materials used in the production of commercially grown fruits and vegetables, the practice of raising-your-own will become even more widespread.

Naturally, if this backyard boom continues, more and more folks—green thumbs and greenhorns alike—will be searching for ways to ease their gardening chores . . . and many of them will more than likely find themselves in their local dealers' showrooms, eyeing the latest crop of pint-sized, 12- to 20-horsepower tractors.

And, of course, the past few years of inflation have taken their toll within the outdoor power-equipment industry. Tractors that might have been available for around $3,300 not long ago can't be touched today for much less than $4,500!

Now don't get us wrong . . . most of these mechanical mules are still good buys. In fact, the newest workhorses generally sport features and improvements that allow their operators to handle everyday plowing, tilling, and mowing chores with even less effort than was required, using similar machines, just a few years ago. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that simple economics may prevent many people—especially those just starting out with a newly acquired parcel of land—from taking advantage of the industry's latest offerings.


5/22/2018 9:41:35 PM

I use the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own DIY projects – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

3/20/2018 10:29:27 AM

why complain about the design being outdate - DUH! maybe you can use the design as a starting point for learning.

3/20/2018 9:42:07 AM

1982 was 36 years ago. Are the writers on break?

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