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Build Your Own Flying Lawn Mower

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the lawn-ranger dept.

Toys 284

Ant writes "Ever seen a flying lawn mower (streaming; download 5.1 MB WMV file) before? I haven't. The WMV video file description says: 'FlyingThingZ Sky Cutter .40 V2 flying at Moon Lake's Annual Make a Wish Foundation Airshow for 2004'. More information can be found on the official Web site. Seen on Blue's News. My good friend, KaT, brought up a good question: 'Since lawns (also known as grass) live usually less than 6" from the ground, how would flying help them do their job better?'"

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Mirror (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606290)

in case of slashdotting on that site and to reduce slashdotting on my site (I get 25 GB per month... i'll use about 20 this month)... tack on the filename in the 5.1 MB file link to "http://www.calcgames.org/site/pub/" and it'll be there. Please, if you have bandwidth, mirror it to your site, and PLEASE do NOT post a linky to my site.

Re:Mirror (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606317)

good, as posted below:

http://emvis.net/skycutter40-1.wmv [emvis.net]

Re:Mirror (4, Informative)

Dr Reducto (665121) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606327)

I have unlimited bandwidth at school, try me:

Skycutter Vid Link [umbc.edu]

I really want to piss off OIT, maybe even bring down the outbound router. Do your worst.

MOD UP PARENT (-1, Offtopic)

tajmorton (806296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606424)

nuf said

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606291)

first post!

Wow (0, Flamebait)

uf22 (521280) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606292)

All I can say is, wow.

Just great. Yeah, that's what I need... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606294)

... to not just mow the grass, but to give my neighbor a haircut!

how does this work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606295)

Other than its FPness?

This looks fcuking dangerous... (5, Funny)

Dr Reducto (665121) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606298)

What's that in the sky?

Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

It looks....it looks like a lawn mower!

FUCK!!! IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US!!! DUCK!!!

*Mower "Mows" through field of humans*

Re:This looks fcuking dangerous... (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606331)

Offtopic? It's a post about a flying lawn mower..

Re:This looks fcuking dangerous... (4, Funny)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606507)

You don't duck when something is COMING RIGHT FOR you, you shoot it. Duck and cover only works with lava. Duh.

Okay, relax (5, Funny)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606301)

It's just a model airplane, not a real lawnmower.

My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower when she was 4. The thing leapt off the ground after hitting a stump and the rotation of the blades created enough lift to set it into flight. You'd have expected the automatic cutoff to kill the motor, but my brother in law held on to the thing and it just took off. She was playing on the second floor balcony when my BIL and the mower caught her upside the temple. Took her scalp clean off.

She's better now, but those first few hours were pretty harrowing.

Re:Okay, relax (5, Funny)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606310)

"My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower when she was 4.... She's better now, but those first few hours were pretty harrowing."

What a recovery!

Re:Okay, relax (4, Funny)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606467)

Give your niece an Amulet of Life Saving today!

Re:Okay, relax (2, Informative)

voidptr (609) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606312)

My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower

She's better now

Huh?

Re:Okay, relax (2, Funny)

hazem (472289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606422)

She turned me into a newt! ... ... ...
I got better.

Re:Okay, relax (4, Funny)

Bull999999 (652264) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606436)

My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower

She's better now

Huh?


I guess she just respawned.

Re:Okay, relax (1, Redundant)

Hatta (162192) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606320)

My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower when she was 4.....

She's better now, but those first few hours were pretty harrowing.


Wow.

Re:Okay, relax (1)

holy_robot (765525) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606406)

"What a recovery!"
"Huh?"
"Wow."

Amazing! The same post three times in a row.

Re:Okay, relax (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606438)

I posted it first.

I was impressed when I refreshed the messages and saw 4 or 5 people saying the same thing as me, too.

Re:Okay, relax (2, Funny)

ImTwoSlick (723185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606334)

My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower when she was 4.
[snip]
She's better now, but those first few hours were pretty harrowing.

Glad to hear she recovered from DEATH.

Re:Okay, relax (0, Redundant)

Boglin (517490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606350)

My niece was killed...She's better now
Her name happen to be Lazarus?

Re:Okay, relax (1)

wvitXpert (769356) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606353)

Am I missing something?
First you say your niece was killed... then you say "She's better now, but those first few hours were pretty harrowing."

Re:Okay, relax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606364)

OK you prick moderators. The parent post generated six or seven responses all sitting at 2 or in one case 3. Yet somehow some wanker modded this down and left all it's children as orphans. What is this world fucking coming to.

Re:Okay, relax (1)

Catnapster (531547) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606367)

My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower when she was 4. ... She's better now, but those first few hours were pretty harrowing.
The wonders of modern medicine...

Re:Okay, relax (5, Funny)

nulltransfer (725809) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606381)

My niece was killed by a flying lawnmower when she was 4.

She's better now, but those first few hours were pretty harrowing.

I, for one, welcome our new undead overlords.

Re:Okay, relax (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606383)

nice troll but the lift action on lawnmowers is backwards from ^ up. Turn one over and sharpen the blade one day and look at it.

Now they USED to make what is called a "flymo", it was a hovercraft action lawnmower, no wheels on the thing. Been looking for one at a pawn shop or a yard sale for a long time now. They used to sell them on late night UHF TV infomercials, pretty nifty for cutting steep hillsides and rough ground.

BullShit (-1, Flamebait)

thinwater (603894) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606385)

The thing leapt off the ground after hitting a stump and the rotation of the blades created enough lift to set it into flight. Get a book on basic physics, then explain again how the blades created enough lift to set anytype of working lawnmower airborne. Not everyone is completely stupid - time to makeup another story. P.S. I don't even believe you have a niece!

Re:BullShit (1, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606420)

Get a book on basic physics, then explain again...

Will this physics book include information about how he brought his niece back from the dead?

Re:BullShit (1)

hazem (472289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606441)

I would guess that if he hit the stump at any kind of angle, the blade could have pushed directly against the stump and twirled the mower up into the air.

Re:BullShit (1)

polecat_redux (779887) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606448)

Get a book on basic physics, then explain again how the blades created enough lift to set anytype of working lawnmower airborne.

Perhaps the force of the blades hitting the stump was enough to throw the lawnmower into the air. That's what I got from it anyway. Although, I think his story is in fact bullshit.

Video File (4, Informative)

Combuchan (123208) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606302)

The video file is likely to slashdot the server, so I've created a mirror at http://emvis.net/skycutter40-1.wmv [emvis.net] . Enjoy.

--sean

Well duh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606304)

Obviously you don't want those wheel marks on your lawn!

UFO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606306)

UFO! UFO!

Yes! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606307)

Not quite the promised flying cars of the year 2000, but close enough for me. Now my life is complete. I can ride it right?

Re:Yes! (1)

piper-noiter (772438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606529)

Only if you want your ass burned off.

Flying do-dahs (4, Funny)

thedogcow (694111) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606313)

Yeah, but can it mulch?

Seeing that video . . . . . (5, Insightful)

theparanoidcynic (705438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606314)

Made the part of my brain that knows things about fluid mechanics shut down and the other part go get a drink. I'm beyond baffled as to why the thing not only flies, but apparently handles pretty well.

Early adopter... (4, Funny)

tentimestwenty (693290) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606368)

I'm still waiting for the flying toaster.

Re:Early adopter... (1)

theparanoidcynic (705438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606434)

You can keep waiting. The flying toaster was killed in the great purging of 1990s computer gimmicks. It's as dead as hampsterdance, although less deserving of its fate.

Of course, it couldn't be that hard to launch a toaster with a trebuchet . . . . . .

Scratch that. A toaster filled with fireworks!

Re:Seeing that video . . . . . (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606376)

Makes me wonder about all of the "impossible" things that will happen when PIGS fly, that's gotta be next! BTW, I also am beyond baffled by it's ability to fly that well.?!

Re:Seeing that video . . . . . (4, Interesting)

bleckywelcky (518520) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606411)

A guy at my local flying club where I used to live had built a flying mower, although it was red, not green. Really, the thing is just very lightweight and the thrust from the prop-engine is capable of supporting the weight of the craft (ie, it could fly in a vertical position like a helicopter just fine). You'll notice that during most of the flight, the thing has a fairly high angle of attack in order to provide the lift necessary.

Actually, there was another guy (not sure if this was at the same flying club or some other place) that built a plane that looked exactly like Snoopy sitting on the top of his dog house like the Red Baron. Except, you could not tell what the lifting surface was (except for the bottom of the dog house). There were no wings sticking out or anything. It just looked like Snoopy sitting on his dog house. Pretty cool stuff.

Re:Seeing that video . . . . . (2, Informative)

dougmc (70836) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606457)

I'm beyond baffled as to why the thing not only flies, but apparently handles pretty well.
It flies well because it's grossly overpowered. It's basically just a low aspect ratio flying wing, with some extra stuff thrown in for show.

Kill the engine, and it will be landing pronto.

Re:Seeing that video . . . . . (1)

theparanoidcynic (705438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606499)

Makes sense. I guess I'm just not familiar with the power-to-weight ratios available in those little engines. I mean hell, they're basically the simplest Otto Cycle engines that can exist and can be had for under $100. I would never have expected that they'd work that well.

Just not enough merit, I guess. (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606316)

When I was a kid I saw a commercial hovering mower called the "flymo" or something like that. It did have the advantage of being easier to maneuver around corners. For some reason it never caught on though.

I imagine it burned more gas than a regular mower, since it had to hover as well as cut. I suspect the real reason it didn't catch on was the difficulty of getting an even cut when you throttled the thing back to stop. It couldn't bag either. The problem of the thing riding down as it accumulated clippings was probablly the reason.

There just doesn't seem to be enough merit to the idea.

Re:Just not enough merit, I guess. (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606398)

My grandfather had a Flymo and loved it. One of the advantages is the same for hovercraft, it can go anywhere.

Like right down to the verge of the canal in the backyard. Just push it out over the water and then pull it back. Perfect cut.

KFG

Hovercrafts + Grass = HA! (1)

Nomihn0 (739701) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606425)

Trust me, hovercrafts fare quite poorly on grass. Grass is, by hovercrafting standards, quite porous. The craft's skirt cannot form a tight enough seal with the ground for it to hover evenly. Instead, grass keeps the front-pointing driving edge from moving. This causes the vehicle to buckle forward and start to dig into the ground. In a bizarre attempt to compensate, the prop begins to spin more rapidly, ultimately succeding only in draining the remaining battery.

It's futile to bother with anything but sidewalk pavement, some concrete, linoleum flooring, good sand, calm water, hard wood flooring, flat ice, and packed snow.

Granted, I'm more experienced with models than full scalers. Still, I'd expect a hovering lawnmower to behave more like a "toy" than a military LCAC, so this description holds.

Rocket physics 101 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606455)

Please tell me that you are just trolling.

Hovercrafts work on the same principle as rockets. They create a downward thrust which pushes them upwards. Unlike rockets, they do not create enough thrust to break free of gravitation and are in a state of "stasis" a few centimeters off the ground.

Rockets do not "push" themselves off the ground. It is a property of Newton's laws that a rocket is able to propel itself. This works even in the depths of space where there is nothing to push against.

Re:Just not enough merit, I guess. (1)

redback (15527) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606520)

all the ones i ever saw were electric

Nothing that amazing (5, Informative)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606318)

Just a small model of a lawn mower made out of balsa and foam with an engine tacked on.

Re:Nothing that amazing (3, Interesting)

timeOday (582209) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606399)

Killjoy! I'm amazed at how well it flies. I've never seen a lawnmower do a loop in midair before.

Ha ha ha! (2, Funny)

The Mainframe (573877) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606321)

Yeah, right, put a link to a 4.9MB file on the front page of slashdot. Gooood idea.

Like shooting fish in a barrel.

Re:Ha ha ha! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606365)

amazingly the server is holding up quite well... i'm getting a good 10 mbps every time i download it (and i've downloaded it like 10 times just to be sure).

6" lawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606323)

Since lawns (also known as grass) live usually less than 6" from the ground, how would flying help them do their job better?

Well, you might be asked to trim the tree... Another thing is, have you seen government owned lands? I haven't; it's covered with long grass and weeds.

Cool (1)

Pan T. Hose (707794) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606326)

This has to be the coolest thing I have ever seen. Seriously. How is it even possible? Isn't it dangerous? In any case, I'm lucky that saw the movie before it is slashdotted, because I have surely never seen anything like that before.

Re:Cool (1)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606358)

What's so cool about it? A .46 size engine has a lot of oomph. One veteran of the hobby joked that you can get a chair to fly if you stick a big enough motor on it. This thing isn't made of metal: it's just made to look like a real lawnmower. Underneath its skin, it's probably balsa and foam. Nothing exciting.

Great (1)

Pan T. Hose (707794) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606374)

Every time I watch the movie it seems even cooler. It should definitely go to the British Invention Show [slashdot.org] .

Just think... (1)

KennyP (724304) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606330)

There would be more calls to the police than 911 could handle.

Time to go and roll some wino's for the money to build one!!!

Kenny P.
Visualize Whirled P.'s

I got mine fast. (1)

Sensible Clod (771142) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606332)

I wonder if it'll hold up...

This is news? (2, Informative)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606342)

C'mon, hobbyists have been making and flying this for years and years. I'd be impressed IF they implemented some kind of a height-restriction system to keep the "mower" some distance above the ground, say a few inches or a foor or whatever. But there is nothing unique about this. Sorry.

Re:This is news? (1, Informative)

TheMysteriousFuture (707972) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606468)

A "hight-restriction system"? Dude, do you know how R/C models are controlled? I bet a lot of ./'ers don't so I'll explain.

Generally a transmitter that looks something like this [futabarc.com] is used.

The left stick controls Throttle on the vertical axis, and rudder on the horizontal axis.

The right stick controls Elevator on the vertical axis, and aileron on the horizontal axis.

Throttle controls the speed of the engine
Rudder makes the planes nose point left and right
Elevator makes the planes nose point up and down
Aileron makes the planes wings go up and down

Might post more later...
-tmf

Wow... (5, Funny)

graffix_jones (444726) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606343)

I've discovered that I really have a liking for 'Industrial Squaredance' music...

/me makes an appointment with his psychiatrist.

if you like Cotton Eye Joe... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606413)

If you like Cotton Eye Joe (by Rednex), check out Swamp Thing (by The Grid).

It's just like the old saying goes (3, Funny)

otterpop378 (254386) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606346)

If a lawnmower had wings, it wouldnt bump it's ... wait... that's not right.

This is NOT what I expected (4, Interesting)

HawkinsD (267367) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606347)

I assumed that "flying lawnmower" meant somethinglike the ill-fated HoverMow device: a British invention, I think, that eliminated the wheels on the lawnmower by making the blades create a strong downdraft. A flexible rubber skirt retrained the air cushion, and voila! a lawnmower that moved effortlessly, even over moderately uneven terrain.

It did NOT, however, cut grass effectively, since the fan-effect tended to smush the grass down out of the way of the blades.

So I was already writing the standard Slashdot "This is old news! I know all about this already" sneer in my head when I clicked on the FA.

But then I saw this startling thing of... yes, of beauty. Fastinating. Even a lawnmower can be graceful.

I am humbled.

Oh, and Fljúgandi....ehhh....sláttuvél? also.

Re:This is NOT what I expected (1)

shis-ka-bob (595298) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606423)

I used one of the HoverMow in England. It worked, but was rather underpowered compared to a standard 3.5 HP Brigg & Stratton. I agree that sumultaniously trying to cut grass while blowing it down is not a great idea. The other thing i found was that it tended to drift without wheels, so I was forever trying to keep in on a line.

Re:This is NOT what I expected (1)

bleckywelcky (518520) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606430)

I did a search for hovermow and hover mow on Google, came up with nothing. Have a link for any additional information on this topic? It sounds neat.

Re:This is NOT what I expected (1)

DogsBollocks (806307) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606504)

The company you refer to is FLYMO and these things are a breeze (ignore the pun) to use. http://www.flymo.com/ [flymo.com] Unfortunately when I try to access their site using Opera I get the following: WELCOME TO FLYMO UNSUPPORTED BROWSER The browser you are currently using is not supported on this site. Please upgrade to one of the supported browsers. See listing and links below. PC/Windows To be able to see this site as it is intended please upgrade to at least version 4 of either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. We recommend version 5.5 for Internet Explorer and 4.77 for Netscape Navigator. Follow the links below to download. Macintosh To be able to see this site as it is intended please upgrade to at least version 5 of Microsoft Internet Explorer or at least version 4 of Netscape Navigator. We recommend version 5.0 for Internet Explorer and 4.77 for Netscape Navigator. Follow the links below to download.

Flymo (1)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606516)

Flymo [flymo.co.uk] make a variety [flymo.co.uk] of hover (and convential) mowers as well as other gardening equipment.

Years ago we had an electric hovering Flymo and it seemed to do the job and was more "fun" than the wheeled variety.

Re:This is NOT what I expected (1)

wolf1541 (812566) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606470)

That's what I thought the article was about too -- the hovermowers.

They use to be quite popular to maintain the grass around retention ponds and such. Stand on the top of the hill, let the rope out, and down the hill it goes. Move over and pull the rope up, and that's how you mow grass around ponds. I just feel sorry for the first person that tries to mow the area with a regular push-mower. It would quickly sink into the mud.

But, the hovermowers were extremely dangerous, and it was quite common for them to fly back towards the person running them. They haven't made them in a long time.

They are interesting idea, but just too dangerous.

Crash and burn. (1, Redundant)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606348)

Lets hope the actual flying lawnmower stays up longer than the server did..

Classic RC Funfly plane (2, Informative)

thinwater (603894) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606354)

The flying lawnmower's been a staple design in the the "fun fly" catagory of RC (radio control)for years. Always a head turner for those not into RC. Since they tend to fly like a brick outhouse, this one was either very well designed or flown by a really good RC pilot (or both). Nice video too.

Re:Classic RC Funfly plane (1)

goneutt (694223) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606386)

I had to read down the post before I called this old stuff. Well done, but I think I remember one of these from an RC Modler, early 90's.

That, or americas funniest home videos.

overkill (3, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606357)

how would flying help them do their job better?

I'm still trying to figure out how combustion engines or electric motors help grass cutters do their job better, let alone propulsion mechanisms to compensate for the weight of the motors... which require even more power to compensate for their own weight, and nuisance safety mechanisms which have to stop the engine if you loosen your grip on the controls... in a viscious cycle that deploys so bloody much energy at trimming such little blades of grass. Personally, I get pretty good results - and a nice, trivial amount of peaceful exercise - from an inexpensive, quiet, low-tech reel mower [reelmowerguide.com] .

A WHAT?! (n/t) (1)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606369)

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Not really a new idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606380)

While amazing, this has actually been around for quite some time. I started flying model aircraft in the late '80s as a teenager, and the flying lawn-mower was popular at fly-ins back then. There are all kinds of variations; lawn-mowers, stop signs, even a dog house with snoopy on the top.

I call BS... (1)

thoolie (442789) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606384)

I don't know how....but I am sure shit that there is something that we aren't being told about this...

Correct me if I am wrong, but that is no ordinary flying "lawnmower". (It looks more like a model plane made to look like a lawnmower. For all the /. crowd, a regular hand lawnmower is quit heavey, and would be pretty hard to make is fly like the one we saw on that site.

Just my .02$

check out the official site (2, Informative)

SkyMunky (249995) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606442)

It's a remote-controlled (RC) "toy". It's made of balsa/plywood/etc.

Re:I call BS... (1)

tajmorton (806296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606452)

I have to agree. Looking at the video again...did anybody see a shadow when the mower was close to ground? I didn't. Also, doing doughnuts in the air with a 20lb lawn-mower is no easy feat...That thing certainly went fast...I can't beleive that there's any kind of motor that will haul a 30lb piece of machiery up there and go that fast... That's what I think, anway.

Re:I call BS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606458)

I suppose next you are going to tell us Hulk Hogan was play acting all of those years in the WWF. :|

Another Mirror (2, Informative)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606392)

Another mirror for that WMV, courtesy of MirrorDot.org.

skycutter40-1.wmv [mirrordot.org]

"This shit really works!" -- Possible MirrorDot slogan

About time... (1)

isny (681711) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606395)

Next step, flying lawn tractor. Then, to the flying car!! That, according to past predictions on slashdot, is in about 10 years time, if I remember correctly.

Above posters are not kidding. (1)

Sensible Clod (771142) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606408)

It Really Is a Model. Not Really a Mower. We Mean It.

Move along, nothing to see here...

Re:Above posters are not kidding. (1)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606437)

Except for a flying lawn mower... even if just a model.

Disbelief (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606412)

<Brandybuck slowly looks over at his bottle of Jack Daniels, slowly pours it down the drain, and swears off drinking forever>

Holy Crap! It's a flying lawnmower! I'm rubbing my eyes to take a second look, and it STILL looks like a damned lawnmower. Where are the wings? Rotors? Is there some guy in an ultralight outside of the frame dragging it around with fishing line?

p.s. Love the background music

So What if it's impractical (1)

lrwx (800141) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606414)

It flies for christ sake.

Aerobatic Mowing. (1)

Roskolnikov (68772) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606415)

OK, flying mower doesn't seem to be that crazy, a flying mower that can do what appear to be unbalanced/eggdrop loops!!!

It also appears to be prop pulled, my first assumption was that this was a heli conversion, hats off to this 'hobbyist'

This should be at the BIS (1)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606428)

"New Inventions Featured at the BIS"

They should send this thing at the BIS.

Finally a mean dream killing machine but in the same way that makes every 16 year old get some cash in their pockets.

Other Interesting Flying Objects (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606435)

About half way down this page or so there is a:
http://www.netaxs.com/~mhmyers/rc.tn.html

Flying Stop sign,
Flying American Flag
Flying Snoopy's Doghouse (complete with Snoopy)
Flying Witch

It is interesting to see non-conventional objects flying around, but the project with a propellor that interested me the most was the 'flying Hovercraft' http://www.hovercraft.com/UH-18SPW_Hoverwing.wmv now that look like a lot of fun..

Close up shot of mower in flight (3, Informative)

Katz_is_a_moron (197780) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606459)

You can appreciate the details. [flyingthingz.com]

Lawn Sky (2, Interesting)

Tom7 (102298) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606462)

Amazingly, I just recently recorded a song about flying lawnmowers [tom7.org] as part of the album-a-day project [spacebar.org] . I never thought it would be topical on slashdot...

One valid use for something like this... (1)

GrueMaster (579195) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606464)

Is if your goats [oldcountrymarket.com] died or ran away.

um, news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606475)

It's the weekend, so have fun and all that, but I saw my first "flying lawnmower" like this when I was playing with R/C in the 70's. Yeah. Not really new.

Now steam R/C aircraft, that's pretty rare. Anybody got other steam?

The original site is gone (dammit!) but check out the google image cache.
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=& safe=off &q=http://www.flysteam.co.uk/+site:www.flysteam.co .uk+

But then again... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606477)

Me, I've had robo-lawn-mower plans and algorithms on the drawing board since the Z8000 days. (That's early the early 80's for the youngsters)
Electric-fence/trained perimeter, learned path, electric goat; take your pick.
At some point, the vulture capitalist guys would ask:
"OK, and so what prevents/what do we do (from a product liability standpoint) when it eats/kills the neighbor's cat???"
Ummmmm... Aaaahhhhhhh...
Meanwhile, still selling my time by the hour...

I'm buying one right now (3, Funny)

atarione (601740) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606482)

a. that thing is hella kewl

b. it will surely teach my neighbor to STFU about my lawn care habits, when it flys by his 2nd story window.

c. who needs c? a and b are convincing enough for me

This... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10606490)

Are you retards on crack? Crack cocaine? What the fuck is wrong with you? This isn't a real fucking lawnmower, you're all imbeciles.

Lawnmower? (1)

NoseBag (243097) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606494)

This thing reminds me of a similar item built back in the 70's - a flying Snoopy-on-a-doghouse. It was way cool.

Must be a slow news day... (1)

wardomon (213812) | more than 9 years ago | (#10606505)

I was into radio contorl airplanes 35 years ago. This idea was old and lame, even then. Should I dig up the plans for the "Flying Snoppy's Doghouse", the "Flying Stop Sign" or the "Flying Card Table" to really wow the Slash Crowd?

No doubt about it, you guys gotta get out more.
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