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Eye-Catching Mower Boom Runs on Air Pressure
You've never seen anything like this new roadside mower which uses air pressure to control a boom-mounted mower rather than hydraulics.
"We wanted to get away from the problems associated with hydraulic lifts, like leaks and spills," says Christopher Rousseau, owner of the Neuville sur Saone, the French manufacturer.
To solve the problem, Rousseau designed a mower lift and extension system that uses air pressure to raise, lower, and extend the boom.
Rousseau says that since air locks and sleeves can be made of lightweight aluminum and aluminum alloys, the mower is much lighter than a comparably sized hydraulic controlled machine.
A PTO-powered air compressor provides air pressure. The mower head itself runs on hydraulics.
Prototypes are now in testing. The new mower should be in production within the next two years.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Christopher Rousseau, 40/44 Avenue Wissel - BP0132, 69583 Neuville sur Saone Cedex, France (ph 0033 478 986922: http://www.rousseau-web.com/).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3