2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Powered Wheelbarrow Makes Sweet Corn Harvest Easier
He used an old lawn mower to push a new 6 cu. ft. wheelbarrow tub on a tricycle-style frame. Linsenmeyer sits on a seat on top of the lawn mower’s engine and controls the speed with a hydrostatic rear end.
“I wanted a hydrostatic rear end because it has a foot control that adjusts the speed and it stops automatically (when you take your foot off),” he says.
Though the 11 hp engine is more than he needed, it’s what he had available and works well. The mower is 32 in. wide so it fits easily between the rows. In order to irrigate two rows at once, Linsenmeyer plants double corn rows, 12 in. apart, on 4-ft. centers.
“The corn pollinates better. It lets more light in and I get lots of corn on a 1-acre patch,” Linsenmeyer says.
The wheelbarrow holds up to 10 dozen ears, and Linsenmeyer takes his load right to his vegetable stand, where he can tilt the tub and dump it.
“It’s pretty handy, and now I use it for a lot of other jobs around here,” he adds.
The powered wheelbarrow cost about $300 to build. He’s willing to offer tips to anyone who wants to build one.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Art Linsenmeyer, 907 East G, Wymore, Neb. 68466 (ph 402 228-6089).
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