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Back-Saving Lift Harness
The HappyBack harness is a lightweight frame worn around the back and torso and strapped to the legs. It's made with a pair of fiberglass rods that bend as you bend. The rods transfer pressure from the weak lower-back muscles to the strong leg and buttock muscles.
  "As you bend over, the rods tend to bring you back to an upright position, overcoming the force of gravity on your upper body," says inventor Bruce Roberts.
  The device is made from a breathable neoprene material and consists of a chest harness, belt, and leg straps, all equipped with Velcro straps. Adjustable bunge cords extend from the top of each rod to hooks on back of the chest harness. By pushing down on a release button you can adjust the cords to the height you want to work at.
  "You can't appreciate how well it works until you strap it on and feel how it takes the pressure off your lower back. When you bend over 90 degrees, it's almost like you're hanging there from a big sky hook," says Roberts. "It works great for picking strawberries, cucumbers, or just about any kind of produce. It takes less than 30 seconds to put on and less than 10 seconds to take off," he notes.
  Sells for $380 plus S&H.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ergo Ag Co., P.O. Box 1087, Aptos, Calif. 95001 (ph 831 688-6951; email: bruce.roberts @sbcglobal.net; website: www.ergoag.com).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5