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Military Vehicle Now Sold For Farm Use
Steel-plated vehicles originally designed for border patrol and troop rescue in Israel perform just as well on American farms, ranches and even highways. The newest Tomcar pickup is said to be built with military precision.
  "It's purpose-built to be this size. It's not built off an ATV or dirt bike," says Sam Carew-Jones, dealer relations manager for the Phoenix, Arizona, based company. It's built to be fast and yet safe to drive over rough terrain at more than 20 mph.
  "This is more about suspension and maintaining 15 inches of ground clearance," Carew-Jones says. "Low center of gravity and suspension set it apart for safety."
  A completely flat skid plate prevents hang-ups and the front suspension mounts and rear chain casings are all made of armored steel. The Tomcar has gas-charged dual coil-over shocks and an on-board air compressor to charge shocks to compensate for up to a 1,433-lb. payload in the 70-in. wide by 66-in. long bed with a manual dump.
  Equipped with lights, seatbelts and other options, and capable of speeds up to 65 mph, the Tomcar is a low-speed street legal vehicle in some states, plus a biodiesel engine is one of the options. It comes with a 6.75-gal. gas tank, with an optional second tank.
  With the drive chain sealed in an oil bath and parts designed to handle four times the Tomcar's horsepower, the vehicle has a life expectancy of more than 20 years, "Owners can do their own maintenance and just replace wear items, keeping costs way down over the life of the vehicle," Carew-Jones says.
  Cost for the pickup is about $20,000. Tomcar also has 4-seat models available. Dealer inquiries are welcome.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tomcar, 1727 E. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85024 (ph 623 587-7799; www.tomcar.com).

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