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Sprayer Boom Built For Utility Vehicle
By adding a pvc spray boom to the back of a Bobcat utility vehicle and cutting a 275-gal. water tank down to size, Michael Gresch was able to reduce salt usage for the city of Madison, Wis.
    “I built it when the metropolitan sewage district for Madison asked me what I could do to reduce salt usage. We already had a 275-gal. water tank on the Bobcat for watering plants around U-Square, which is a mixed-use development with shopping, dining, and living in downtown Madison. I cut the tank down to 150 gal. so the driver can see out the back of the vehicle,” says Gresch.
    The middle part of the boom is attached to a heavy duty hitch made from a 1-in. receiver arbor. The boom is also attached to the back of the utility vehicle with J-type pipe hangers and 3/4-in. pvc pipe. Scrap wire links the J-hooks to the pipe and can be easily adjusted.
    Gresch added a short 3/4-in. dia. pipe nipple, a 3/4 union, a 3/4 tee, a garden hose adapter and a short used machine washing hose to the boom. Waste brine is pumped through the hose and into the tank.
    “The waste brine contains up to 10 percent salt. We fill the tank with a maximum of 100 gal. to minimize sloshing,” says Gresch, who adds that the boom arms can be easily removed when the utility vehicle is needed for heavy duty snow work in winter.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michael Gresch, 324 N. Lake St., Madison, Wis. 53715 (ph 608 219-6754; mikegresch@hotmail.com).    

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2