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Riding Mower Converted Into Versatile Sprayer
Karl Cole, Santa Rosa, Texas, converted his Scotts 16 hp garden tractor into a self-propelled mini spray rig, complete with a 10-ft. boom on front and a hand nozzle with 50 ft. of hose on back. The hose is stored on a reel that bolts to an aluminum deck. There's a 28-gal. tank on back of the tractor, and a 12-volt pump that operates off the tractor battery.
  "It really works good and is a lot of fun to operate," says Cole. "I use the boom to spray for mosquitoes which can be a real problem in our area. It works better than a rear-mount boom because I don't get a sore neck from having to turn around all the time. The boom is equipped with flood jet nozzles and rides only about 12 in. off the ground, which minimizes drift. I can operate the boom on the left or right side or both sides at once."
  The 3-section boom is made from 1-in. pipe, and each outside section on the boom is connected to a rope. By pulling on either of the ropes Cole can lift the sections up, allowing the rig to squeeze through narrow spaces. A pair of vertical metal tubes keeps the boom from going too far up and over.
  He says he uses the hand nozzle mainly to spray Roundup along fence lines.
  His total cost was about $250.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Karl L. Cole, 11366 Tio Cano Road, Santa Rosa, Texas 78593 (ph 956 797-1051).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6