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Magnet Attached To Back Of Riding Mower
James Burden, Crystal River, Fla. (ph 352 794-0497): "I bought some acreage next door last year that apparently had a lot of hidden metal debris on it. As a result it wasn't long before I had three flat tires on my Deere L100 riding mower. To solve the problem, I bought a $10 magnet at Harbor Freight (www.harborfreightusa.com) and attached it to the back of the riding mower, about 1 in. off the ground. So far the magnet has picked up two full coffee cans of nails, screws, brads, staples, wires, paper clips, bottle caps, and brackets. At the same time, I put a stop leak product in the mower's tires and haven't lost any air since then.
  "The magnet measures 4 by 8 in. and has a couple of mounting holes. To position the magnet as close to the ground as possible, I screwed a 2 by 4 to the top of the magnet and then wired the 2 by 4 to the back of the tractor.
  "The magnet is rated at 250 lbs. The mower is equipped with a 42-in. deck and the magnet is only 8 in. long. However, its pull reaches out a few inches to either side so it won't take too many passes before the magnet will have covered the entire yard."

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2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4