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"Self-Propel" Your Little Red Wagon
A Pennsylvania company recently began selling a kit that's designed to self-propel pull-behind wood express wagons.
    The Stauffer Group, New Holland, Penn., says the kit is designed to mount on wagons such as the Berlin Flyer wagon, which has a front steer axle and a wooden bed. Converted wagons have a top speed of 10 mph and are meant for older children to operate.
    The kit includes a 2 1/2 hp Greyhound engine that's a Chinese-made copy of the OHV Honda, and a 2-bolt clamp with a hinged plate that extends from the wagon's rear bed rail to mount the engine. Under the hinged plate is a shaft with a friction wheel that drives one of the wagon's rear wheels. A lever that controls the friction wheel clamps onto the wagon's side rail.
    Pulling the lever up lowers the friction wheel against the tire, propelling the wagon forward. The pivot point of the lever is designed not to go over center, so the rider has to keep pressure on the lever to keep the wagon moving forward.
    A spring-loaded return throttle mounts on the handle. When the operator lets go of the handle the engine goes to idle and the brake is applied, bringing the wagon to a stop.
    The unit is removed from the wagon in 5 min. by loosening three 3/8-in. bolts. The ready-to-assemble kit, including the engine, a belt guard and friction drive guard, with all needed hardware, sells for $300; without the engine, $160. The engine carries a 2-year replacement warranty.
    If you just want more information send SASE and $5 for brochure, photos, and instructions.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stauffer Group, 260 West Main Street, New Holland, Penn. 17557 (ph 717 351-5081 or 717 723-7862; junesgarden@comcast.net).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4