1992 - Volume #16, Issue #5, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Self contained warning lights"It's portable and easy to move from wagon to wagon," say Jim and Lisa Debruyn, Kerwood, Ontario, inventors of a self-contained warning light kit for the back of grain wagons and other farm equipment that's moved over the road.
It's fitted with two large truck tail lights powered by a small 12-volt lawnmower battery. The lights bolt to a heavy-duty truck mud flap which is suspended from a 1 1/2 by 1/4-in. flat iron bar. A saddle, also made out of truck mud flap, holds the battery. They used the rubber mud flaps to cushion the light kit to absorb shocks and vibration.
Two curved hooks made out of 1/2-in. dia. rod attach to the top flat bar to hold the unit in place and a carrying handle welded across the top of the hooks makes the port-able light kit easy to carry around.
Lights are wired to a 12-volt flasher, an on/off switch, and an in-line fuse. "Total cost was about $40, not including battery, and it took about 4 hrs. to put together," says Jim Debruyn.
The light kit won an inventions contest at the recent Western Fair Farm Show in London, Ontario.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim & Lisa Debruyn, Rt. 3, Kerwood, Ontario NOM 2B0 Canada.
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