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  • Email from Ed Garrett from Fresh Spin Farms - Open Source Ecology Forums
    Place climate seasonal and crop variations change necessary machine settings from year to year and throughout individual harvest days Incorrect settings as simple as threshing speed can render a complete crop of beans worthless for seed if the seed has so much as a hairline crack If you do want to build or produce plans for a small combine that can be built by individual farmers these should already exist However I feel evaluating the best practice for each step of the process will show a combine is not the ideal tool for the job Ed Garrett Fresh Spin Farms 7 Comments sorted by Votes Date Added Vote Up 0 Vote Down eBell April 2011 Permalink Appropriate Technology defined Haha Read E F Schumacher s essays on the subject Ed s email here really hits on with this concept Vote Up 0 Vote Down Wolfrick April 2011 Permalink Yes this exactly I had reacted negatively to the use of the word combine in the GVCS before Mr Garrett said it more eloquently and succinctly than I could have We must always be careful of making exactly this kind of error with other technologies We don t need a small combine to harvest our crops just because the big farms use big combines What else are we copying just because that s how it s done In what ways might we be better off with different lower tech or diversified technologies Stationary processing not only serves the interests of better yield and utility that Mr Garrett described Stationary processing also can better take advantage of greener alternative energy sources Why burn diesel to process crops when you could do it with wind power or solar or whatever I hope we can learn a broader lesson from this example and really make a habit of asking ourselves Why are we doing this THIS WAY and Is there a better way a simpler way a forgotten old way that might be better for GVCS Rick Vote Up 0 Vote Down bobwaldrop May 2011 Permalink I think these are all good comments and thinking along these lines is one reason why I looked for and posted links at the wikie regarding the design and development of the McCormick Reaper technology and also some info about stationary threshers Perhaps we need to change the name of the project to something along the lines of Grain and Bean Harvesting Systems Vote Up 0 Vote Down bobwaldrop May 2011 Permalink I d also like to note that I at least am well aware of the availability of small combine systems manufactured elsewhere and in fact posted links to quite a few of them at the wiki But the price tag on them is way beyond the reach of most of the small producers that I know and work with in our developing local food system in Oklahoma We need something that can be built in farm country whether it is a self propelled micro combine a combine

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/discussion/136/email-from-ed-garrett-from-fresh-spin-farms (2016-04-30)
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  • gregor - Open Source Ecology Forums
    June 2011 fitzsnaggle I hope you haven t spent any money I was able to get them all for free I don t think I even have to go on campus I was able to sign in through my university June 2011 ARGHaynes gregor Gregor I have noticed multiple massive forum posts if you are interested I would be happy to give you a primer on wikis so you can get the information onto the wiki May 2011 Howdy Stranger It looks like you re new here If you want to get involved click one of these buttons Sign In Apply for Membership About Username gregor Joined May 2011 Visits 28 Last Active December 2011 Roles Member Loading Open Source Ecology Forums Discussions All Categories General Discussion 357 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health 2 Sustainable Architecture 21 Transportation 10 Household 6 IT Web Infrastructure 110 Shared Personal Notes 1 New Communities 10 Other Languages 3 Discussões em Português 20 Ecovilas 2 Discussions en Français 2 Обсуждения в Россию 1 Discusiones en Español 5 Discussioni in Italiano 1 Project Management

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/profile/281/gregor (2016-04-30)
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  • Getting this project started. - Open Source Ecology Forums
    time so I don t spend too much on the internet this year I have a farm and shop where I build new machines and fix old ones and modify as people request A thresher system isn t all as complicated as it sounds The tricky bit will be controlling airflow through the system The basic premise is that the stalks come in and get beaten until the grain falls off Big screens capture the straw and walk it out over the top Medium screen allows grain to fall through and walk chaff out along with airflow Then smaller screens capture the grain and let small debris weed seeds etc fall to the very bottom I am interested in a mini combine rather than a micro combine I have an old pulltype Case model which used to cut 5 ft swath but I am trying to modify it with a pickup head instead for buckwheat and other crops I would like to see something a little smaller but not less than 4 ft cut as that gets down to walk behind size which lends itself to other methods of harvest and storage that are more labor based Vote Up 0 Vote Down Dan C April 2011 Permalink Headers I think the machine should be adaptable to at least 4 different styles of input a live cutting head a pickup head a stripper head for small grains and a stripper head for corn With the 200 200 plan the last may be unnecessary as a separate picking husking machine might be a better use with corn maize because of drying requirements Vote Up 0 Vote Down Deleted User April 2011 Permalink Can someone help with a bit of wiki work for the microcombine project There is a subcategory named combine in the Farm Equipment category I would like to move the agricultural microcombine wiki entry into the combine subcategory but i can t quite figure out how to do that Any assistance from someone more expert with wiki editing would be appreciated Vote Up 0 Vote Down elifarley April 2011 Permalink Hi Bob I have made the change you requested I have used the Breadcrumb template like this Breadcrumb Food and Agriculture Farm equipment Combine See the change at http openfarmtech org w index php title Agricultural Microcombine action historysubmit diff 22720 oldid 22554 Vote Up 0 Vote Down bobwaldrop April 2011 Permalink Eli thanks for the wiki assist Vote Up 0 Vote Down eBell April 2011 Permalink Dan C Get those notes down on the wiki Very good recommendations you are quite knowledgeable Add a Comment Howdy Stranger It looks like you re new here If you want to get involved click one of these buttons Sign In Apply for Membership Categories All Discussions 1 013 General Discussion 895 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health 2 Sustainable Architecture 21 Transportation

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/discussion/126/getting-this-project-started. (2016-04-30)
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  • Documentation and Instructionals - Open Source Ecology Forums
    Comments 2 Views 420 Follows 4 Votes 0 FIRST COMPLETED draft PAGE CEB Press Manufacturing Instructions Primary Support Arms PDF format 3 comments Most recent by Howard V Agnew September 2011 Documentation and Instructionals Comments 8 Views 2 7K Follows 3 Votes 0 Fractions in OpenOffice LibreOffice 9 comments Most recent by Howard V Agnew September 2011 Documentation and Instructionals Comments 4 Views 362 Follows 3 Votes 0 Standardized software for documentation 5 comments Most recent by Howard V Agnew September 2011 Documentation and Instructionals Comments 1 Views 166 Follows 3 Votes 0 GVCS supporting documentation can be worked on outside of FeF 2 comments Most recent by Allen15 September 2011 Documentation and Instructionals Comments 1 Views 295 Follows 3 Votes 0 OSE GVCS CEB Press blurb 2 comments Most recent by Howard V Agnew September 2011 Documentation and Instructionals Comments 5 Views 312 Follows 3 Votes 0 LifeTrac vs OSTrac 6 comments Most recent by Allen15 September 2011 Documentation and Instructionals Comments 8 Views 2 0K Follows 1 Votes 0 CAD work for Liberator v2 Need criticism 9 comments Most recent by Dawg May 2011 Documentation and Instructionals Howdy Stranger It looks like you re new here If you want to get involved click one of these buttons Sign In Apply for Membership Categories All Discussions 1 013 General Discussion 895 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health 2 Sustainable Architecture 21 Transportation 10 Household 6 IT Web Infrastructure 110 Shared Personal Notes 1 New Communities 10 Other Languages 34 Project Management 4 Proposal and Development Status 10 Organizational Development 26 Team Logs 4 OSE Core Team 1 OSE IT Core Team 2 OSE Collaboration Platform Core Team 6 Resource

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/categories/documentation-and-instructionals (2016-04-30)
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  • Progress Information - Open Source Ecology Forums
    click one of these buttons Sign In Apply for Membership Categories All Discussions 1 013 General Discussion 895 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health 2 Sustainable Architecture 21 Transportation 10 Household 6 IT Web Infrastructure 110 Shared Personal Notes 1 New Communities 10 Other Languages 34 Project Management 4 Proposal and Development Status 10 Organizational Development 26 Team Logs 4 OSE Core Team 1 OSE IT Core Team 2 OSE Collaboration Platform Core Team 6 Resource Development 3 GVCS Technical Development 52 Open Source Car 10 Open Source Tractor 1 Gasifier Burner 1 CNC Torch Table 5 Agricultural Microcombine 4 Dimensional Sawmill 1 Documentation and Instructionals 18 OSE Dev 0 Trucktor 0 Microtrac 0 CNC Router 0 CNC Torch Table 0 Bulldozer 0 Backhoe 0 Car 0 3D Printer 0 3D Printer Laser Diode 0 Tractor 0 Powercube 0 Brick Press Controller 0 Loading Open Source Ecology Forums Discussions All Categories General Discussion 357 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/discussion/974/progress-information (2016-04-30)
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  • aw1231 - Open Source Ecology Forums
    Discussion 357 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health 2 Sustainable Architecture 21 Transportation 10 Household 6 IT Web Infrastructure 110 Shared Personal Notes 1 New Communities 10 Other Languages 3 Discussões em Português 20 Ecovilas 2 Discussions en Français 2 Обсуждения в Россию 1 Discusiones en Español 5 Discussioni in

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/profile/3879/aw1231 (2016-04-30)
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  • Skills? - Open Source Ecology Forums
    good idea I have some of this in the steam engine documentation Mark Vote Up 0 Vote Down slimseig May 2012 Permalink I was looking for something like this Speaking as someone approaching the project as a beginner I would find it useful also what are some of the basic welding methods used for the project I have seen there are many types but if I want to acquire the basic skill to start is there one someone would suggest Thanks Vote Up 0 Vote Down JM 1959 November 2012 Permalink Fantastic Idea Howard Speaking for advanced beginners the Required Skills List is my first consideration The two things that hold us back are 1 money and 2 knowledge And the money is really not a problem with the right idea to fetch it For the right skills and knowledge the money will line up and sign up Especially today GVCS the life size lego set I Love It I have two ears two eyes two hands two legs and one mouth and c an t get started soon enough John Martin 415 328 7188 email protected Add a Comment Howdy Stranger It looks like you re new here If you want to get involved click one of these buttons Sign In Apply for Membership Categories All Discussions 1 013 General Discussion 895 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health 2 Sustainable Architecture 21 Transportation 10 Household 6 IT Web Infrastructure 110 Shared Personal Notes 1 New Communities 10 Other Languages 34 Project Management 4 Proposal and Development Status 10 Organizational Development 26 Team Logs 4 OSE Core Team 1 OSE IT Core Team 2 OSE Collaboration Platform Core Team 6

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/discussion/397/skills (2016-04-30)
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  • JM_1959 - Open Source Ecology Forums
    General Discussion 357 Introductions 145 GVCS Development 43 GVCS Replication 14 Similar Projects Partnerships and Open Culture 53 In the News 14 Education 15 Food 18 Energy 42 Health 2 Sustainable Architecture 21 Transportation 10 Household 6 IT Web Infrastructure 110 Shared Personal Notes 1 New Communities 10 Other Languages 3 Discussões em Português 20 Ecovilas 2 Discussions en Français 2 Обсуждения в Россию 1 Discusiones en Español 5 Discussioni

    Original URL path: http://forum.opensourceecology.org/profile/3748/JM_1959 (2016-04-30)
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