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Garden Tractor “Tow Truck”
“I use it like a tow truck to pick up broken down ATV’s and riding mowers that I bring home on my trailer. It works great,” says Cody Powell, Vinita, Okla., about his MTD riding mower converted into a garden tractor “tow truck”.
    The mower is fitted with a triangle-shaped, 5-ft. high “pipe boom” equipped with a pulley that’s positioned about 3 ft. in front of the mower. A self-contained electric winch mounts in front of the steering wheel within reach of the driver. The boom is made from 1-in. dia. thick-walled pipe that’s welded onto the mower’s front and rear axles, and also reinforced by a pair of strap irons at the middle. A “push plate” protects the front of the mower when moving “dead” vehicles around.
     “It saves a lot of hassle and time,” says Powell. “I operate my own small engine repair business on the side and use a trailer to haul the vehicles back to my shop. In the past, if they wouldn’t start I had to push them by hand to the trailer and then winch them on.
    “Now I just hook a chain onto the vehicle and winch it off the ground, then back up to the trailer. I can also use the boom to lift the vehicle and put jack stands under it without needing a jack. The winch is operated by a 12-volt pickup battery, which I can use to jump start a vehicle’s dead battery. It has a lot more power than the riding mower’s battery and works much faster.
    “The riding mower gets a little light on the back end when lifting, so I welded an old wheel rim on back of the mower and set a bucket of concrete in it to serve as a counterweight.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cody Powell, 15795 S. 4350 Rd., Vinita, Okla. 74301 (ph 918 244-1290; dieseljunky38@yahoo.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5