2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Water Wagon Makes Yard Work Fun
The Westlock, Alberta man pulls his invention around behind his riding lawn mower, and says that having a portable water tank with an applicator wand is extremely useful for watering remote flowerbeds.
Primrose used an old 45-gal. plastic antifreeze barrel, and turned it on its side. Metal bands hold the barrel in place on a wagon frame he made from miscellaneous scrap metal. The unit sits on four pneumatic tires he purchased for $25 each.
In the top of the barrel, Primrose drilled a hole for filling it with water and powdered fertilizer. The hole is closed off with a metal screw-in lid that he cut out of a steel barrel. It is mounted to the barrel with pop rivets.
On the underside of the barrel, he cut another hole where he mounted a 12-volt circulating pump out of a school bus. From that pump, there's an extra 1-in. hose through which water siphons out to fill a pail when necessary.
A section of regular garden hose runs from the pump to where it's joined to a 5-ft. wand, which is made from 1/2-in. copper tubing. The pump is activated by a micro switch on the wand handle. Primrose included an elbow support on the wand for added comfort.
Once the water has started to flow, he shuts it off and, as long as he's watering on the ground, the water continues to flow because it siphons out. If he wants to water high-up planters, he just turns the pump on again.
While watering, he sits sideways on the tractor and can reach out about 10 ft. with the wand.
At the back of the tank, he included a small box made from expanded metal. He uses this to carry two watering cans for foot access to places he can't reach with the wand.
Primrose waters hundreds of flowers in his yard using this system and says that the time required to do so is small, thanks to his watering wagon. It's also pretty comfortable since he can remain seated on the lawn tractor most of the time.
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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