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16-Ft. Leaf Rake Made From Ladder
"It'll move a tremendous amount of leaves at a time," says Jay Main, Roanoke, Va., who rakes leaves with a 16-ft. wide section of an aluminum extension ladder that's covered with chicken wire and hooked on behind his 3-pt. mounted landscape rake.
    The ladder - which is actually a half section off a 32-ft. extension ladder - U-bolts onto the back side of the rake, and the chicken wire is tied to it with wire.
    Main uses the rake in his commercial landscaping business.
    "A lot of my customers have a huge amount of leaves. I was already using the landscape rake to move leaves and thought that if it was just a little wider, I could move them a lot faster. It used to take two or three workers several days to move all the leaves onto a pile and load them into a truck. But with my 16-ft. wide rake I can go into an area and load the same amount of leaves in one day. It has to be a large property because it's too big to use in a small yard. It takes only about 5 minutes to remove the ladder from the rake.
    "I save lot of time with it because I can put two guys to work doing something else while I move leaves," notes Main.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jay Main, P.O. Box 12923, Roanoke, Va. 24029 (ph 540 330-4909).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5