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Steel-Wheeled Veggie Picking Cart
Gary Moelker found a way to ease the physical stress of harvesting ground level crops. The Grand Rapids, Mich., man developed a steel-wheeled "picking" cart.

    "It's a real back-saver and comes in handy for picking beans, peas, strawberries, and other row crops," says Moelker, who made the cart using the steel wheels off an old horse-drawn dump rake and a cast iron implement seat.

    The wheels measure 4 ft. high and are spaced about 3 ft. apart, which is wide enough to straddle the row. The seat is bolted to a channel iron frame that's welded to the wheels' original axles, which Moelker cut down to length. To roll the cart, the operator simply pushes down on one of the spokes or pushes it along with his feet. "I can roll the cart either forward or backward. However, I usually go backward because it rolls easier that way," says Moelker.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary Moelker, 1287 Wilson Ave. S.W., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49534 (ph 616 791-0407; gmoelker@toolingsystemsgroup.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2