Brett Raub pops out reams of french fries and impresses neighbors with his air-powered slicing machine
The basic idea behind the
"Spud Stud" was obvious - more power, faster, better, louder! I certainly could
make french fries the same way everybody else does, but why? I do this stuff because it is
entertaining and I am a hands-on guy who likes to machine metal and
build stupid stuff that serves no practical purpose.
Watch the video.
People think I may
be a bubble off center, but then they see my "creations" in person they get a huge kick out of them. When I made fries for my daughter's
birthday party, the kids were beside themselves watching the potatoes flying
out and then getting to eat them. They were like: "Hey Mom, look how
this guy makes french fries, IT'S AWESOME!"
There was really no
other reason to make it other than the fact that with the "Spud Stud"
I would venture a guess that I can make fries faster than everyone other than
Ore-Ida, and the shear fact that it's an absolute hoot each time I make french
fries with it. I guess it may save a little arm-effort when you need to
make a bunch of fries, but the primary reason is that it's just cool.
Spud Stud Components:
(1) 1 X
12 X 18-inch Aluminum base, custom machined on CNC milling machine.
(2) 1/2 X
4 X 8-inch Aluminum plates, custom machined for the potato trough.
(1) 1/2 and (1)
1/4 inch Aluminum plate machined and slotted for the die assembly
(14) blades cut to
length, sharpened, and slotted to overlap each other in the die assembly
(1) ARO solenoid
actuated 2-way valve
(1) Remote trigger
assembly machined to accept momentary contact switch
(1) Air cylinder with
1-inch rod and 6-inch stroke
(1) Relay and Relay
(1) 24VDC power
(2) Aluminum handles
(4) Machine aluminum
(1) 3-inch diameter
turned and milled Delrin "Ram" for air cylinder
(1) 5-gallon pneumatic accumulator
Misc fittings, quick
connects, tubing, hoses, and wiring
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