Water replaces oil in hydraulic system Students at Purdue University have taken the meaning of the word hydraulics quite literally. They’ve created what they think is the first vehicle to use water in all of its hydraulic systems, including power steering, power brakes and transmissions. The students modified a front-drive Jacobsen mower with a 31-hp engine that features three sets of gang mowers that are raised and lowered hydraulically. The students say the water-based system has ...

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