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Easy Way To "Unstuck" Center Pivots
When a wheel on his pivot irrigator got seriously stuck, an Idaho farmer feared he might have to hire a crane to get it moving again. But he decided to try The Kleat invented by Dan Glodowski first. The farmer strapped on two Kleats and the irrigation wheel walked right out of the mire.
  Glodowski made his first Kleat prototype about four years ago when a neighbor was in a similar situation. He refined the design, making it out of 3/16-in. steel with a ratchet and strap that goes through the rim. He recommends putting two or three on each stuck tire so one is always in the ground.
  "It's kind of like putting on chains," Glodowski says. The Kleat weighs about 10 lbs. and is meant for temporary use.
  Suggested retail for The Kleat is $60. Contact Glodowski to buy direct or to locate nearby dealers. Glodowski sells The Kleat and pressure control valves invented by his father through about 120 irrigation dealers, mostly located in the West. He welcomes dealer inquiries.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan Glodowski, The Navigator, 2400 South Lincoln, Jerome, Idaho 83338 (ph 208 324-5174; www.navigatorvalve.com)

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #2