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Bicycle Wheel Monitor For Silage Conveyor Belt
Duane Kuesel, Spring Valley, Wis.: "I have a silage conveyor belt that's more than 100 ft. long. Occasionally the belt will slip on the drive hub without my knowing it. One time the belt slipped for such a long time that it burned completely through. That's when I came up with the idea for a bicycle tire monitor. The tire is always in contact with the moving belt, which rotates the tire. As a result, I can tell at a glance if the belt is working properly. I cut down part of the bike frame and used it to hold the tire in position.
  "I've used this idea every day for more than 10 years, and the bicycle tire has worked flawlessly."

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2