Originally Posted by MrDucksWorth
Yeah, the Australian Made JUGS bowling machine is electric.
lol, me or the neighbours would go crazy I think hearing a chainsaw motor 5-6 hours a week. On the other hand, you could build a bowling machine with like 100-200 bucks using a chainsaw motor. An auto feeder is also a problem. My brothers dad is an engineer, I should ask him 'about' it.
Yeah, that could be a good idea. I found some information on wikipedia (I know, not reliable, but I've heard all of this before, so it sounds right).
Wikipedia Bowling Machine
They seem really quite simple. If you are willing to buy the parts necessary to build one, with a little bit of experience or smarts about you, I think you should be able to build a Mechanical Bowling Machine quite easily. You would just have to stick with it.
The principle at which it works on seems very simple - Load ball into two spinning wheels and watch it go.
Think about it, two wheels on a tripod. Probably best to be able to twist it horizontally for angle (to represent bowling over/around the wicket) and to twist vertically for the correct bounce.
Also, being homemade, I'd recommend rather than feeding the ball straight through, having a place to put the ball so it can roll into the chute, just for a bit more safety.