2011 - Volume #35, Issue #2, Page #42[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pickup Cab Deer Stand Rotates 360 Degrees
No more excuses that you missed a big buck because you couldn't turn around far enough, says Balgaard's son, Sam, who works with his father farming and running a custom repair shop in Ashby, Minn.
After removing the dashboard from a 1988 Chevy, the cab was mounted on the hub of a 38,000 lb.-rated semi axle and connected to a wheel inside the cab.
"The wheel is fixed and the cab rotates around it," Balgaard says. "In the center of the wheel there's a braking system that allows you to lock it in any position."
The turntable mechanism is quiet enough that he has completely turned the stand around with a deer as close as 35 yards away.
The hunter can roll down either window for a right or left-hand shot. Up to three people can sit on the roomy, full-size pickup seat. It's ideal for different generations to hunt together, Balgaard says, to introduce young hunters and keep the elderly in the field longer.
The first pickup deer stand Balgaard made mounted 14 ft. above ground on a trailer made from a cultivator axle. It worked so well he's made 3 more pickup stands, including the one mounted on a combine
He plans to sell rotating deer stands for $3,000 to $7,000.
Check out his website's video to see the deer stand in action.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Balgaard Services, LLC, 30733 St., Hwy. 78, Ashby, Minn. 56309 (ph 218 747-2929; www.roadhunter360.com).
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