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Monorail update

Monorail monorack system

We made contact with a super nice guy at the monorail factory in Japan who has agreed to put a Briggs and Stratton engine on one so they can ship it to us here.

The new engine configuration has to go through 300 hours of testing first, which means we'll have to wait a few months.

We'll be their first sale in the United States.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I am so excited for you! Sorry I didn't see your reply on the first monorail page until just now- I hope that everything goes smoothly and we can see posts about your monorail experience soon!

Comment by Eric in Japan Sun May 3 20:33:53 2015

How exciting!

FYI -- I just learned that Briggs & Stratton makes various levels of engine, from the junk ones on lawnmowers that don't last, to higher grade professional models. Might be something to consider in your set-up?

Comment by Terry Mon May 4 12:57:45 2015

Eric --- No worries --- your help was invaluable already! We weren't able to find contact information for the exporter from the site you sent us to. But when Mark called the main office, it was handy to have the exporter's name because it helped us understand the email address they were trying to spell for us. And the exporter has been very easy to work with --- I feel so lucky that people in Japan learn English when people in the U.S. don't learn Japanese....

Terry --- Interesting. We won't have any say over which engine they decide to put in it, but I suspect they'll go for a good one. After all, the company apparently supplies some parts for Stihl here in the U.S., which has a good reputation. So, hopefully the final product will be worth the wait!

Comment by anna Mon May 4 15:27:46 2015

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