2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pruning Ladder Makes Tree Trimming Easy
Primrose made an 8-ft. wide cart, using scrap metal and rototiller wheels, and then mounted a 20-ft. extension ladder and a toolbox on it. He pulls the rig around his yard with his riding lawn mower and simply backs it up to whatever tree needs to be pruned.
"Because the ladder is rigidly mounted on the trailer frame, it never has to touch the tree," he explains.
Primrose also made his own pruning shear with a 12-ft. handle for reaching even higher. He cut a 10-in. table saw blade into two pieces, which he then used to form the jaw. The shear is controlled with a rope that runs through a piece of plastic pipe on the side of the handle.
"I keep the pruning shear on the side of the ladder when I'm not using it," he says. "It just snaps into a holder. For transporting other pruning tools and a safety belt, I made a toolbox from sheet metal and mounted it on the cart frame. I keep my power pruner in there, too."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mel Primrose, Site 10, Box 1, R.R.#1, Westlock, Alberta, Canada T7P 2N9 (ph 780 349-2477).
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