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Deere Rototiller Converted Into Wheelchair Accessible Cart
"My friend John Mays, a paraplegic, is able to go almost anywhere in a wheelchair accessible cart he built out of an old Deere rototiller," says J.W. Hay, Friendship, Tenn.
Mays bought the roto-tiller at an auction for $15. He cut off the tiller tines and welded the wheel hubs off a Snapper riding mower onto the ends of the tiller axle. He replaced the original 3 hp gas engine with a 5 hp Briggs & Stratton electric start engine and covered it with the hood off a Deere riding mower. A metal tab welded onto the back of the tiller frame serves as a hitch for a plywood plat-form that rides on a pair of small wheels off another riding mower. An angle iron frame supports the platform and serves as a guard rail. The back part of the hinged platform is opened or closed with a bungee cord attached to the frame.
Mays uses the tiller's original controls to go forward or reverse.
"John uses it for recreation and to go to local junk swap meets," says Hay. "He likes the cart because it allows him to go longer and farther than he could before with his battery-powered cart. It even has lights."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, J.W. Hay, 10993 Hwy. 188, Friendship, Tenn. 38034 (ph 901 677-2475).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6