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"Cobweb Catcher" For Riding Mowers
"My wife got tired of having to brush off cobwebs every time she mowed between the trees in our orange grove. I solved the problem by mounting a cobweb catcher on front of our Deere riding mower," says Phillip Fleming, Sarasota, Florida.
  The rectangular "cobweb catcher" measures 3 1/2 ft. high and 2 ft. wide and is made from 3/4-in. dia. plastic pipe. It mounts on a frame made from 1 1/4-in. box steel that Fleming welded on front of the mower. A 3/4-in. dia. bolt is welded onto each end of the frame. He heated the bottom ends of the pipes so they would conform to the bolts, then glued the pipes in place.
  "It looks a little odd but it works. My wife had been carrying a stick and waving it around in order to break up cobwebs as she mowed," says Fleming. "There are a lot of cob webs in our orange grove. Some of the trees are up to 25 ft. apart, but there are still cob webs between them because the spiders have no trouble jumping that far.
  "We use it on our 1993 Deere 240 riding mower, and I also made one for our Deere 318 riding mower. I used cpvc pipe because it flexes and doesn't get brittle from exposure to the sun like regular pvc does."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Phillip Fleming, 8421 Cypress Circle, Sarasota, Florida 34243 (ph 941 351-5004).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6