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Shutoff Device Stops Engines In Seconds
Ted Lacy of Red Fox Enterprises says the remote wireless engine motor shut off that his company produces is designed to save lives. World Ag Expo in California saw that benefit too and recognized the Fox Paws System as one of the 10 best products for 2016.
  A tiny transmitter that clips to a shirt pocket or belt of the operator is the key. Pressing the emergency button on the transmitter activates a receiver unit on the equipment being operated, automatically shutting off the engine. “If the operator needs to quickly shut off the engine, he simply presses the transmitter button and bingo, the engine stops,” says Lacy.
  Lacy introduced his original device in 2004 (see Vol. 28, No. 6) and currently offers 11 different products that will shut down anything from a kid’s ATV to a large commercial rock crusher. His original shut-off device was developed for use on a seed mill on his farm. It had numerous moving parts, including gears, chains and a pto drive. Lacy, who still farms in Idaho, says the idea for the remote device came to him because he had many close calls with running equipment.
  “I was always aware the machines were running and I knew the risks of being around them, but I did it anyhow,” Lacy says. “After I built the first safety shut off I needed it once and had just a few seconds to reach for my transmitter to shut the machine down. It saved an injury or maybe worse.”
  The patented Fox Paws Safety System works on tractors, construction machinery, trains, industrial equipment and can even be made water resistant for use on tugs and fishing boats. The company has models designed for use on gas or diesel engine-powered equipment and others that work on electric motors. Receivers that mount on the equipment are priced from about $750 to $950 for fuel engine models to about $1,280 for electric motors. The small transmitter that an operator carries is priced at $112.95.
  A wireless repeater that increases the effective range of the shutdown switch up to 10,000 ft. in a line of sight and operates on 110 volts AC sells for $619.95.
   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Red Fox, Inc., 26078 S. Drechsel Rd., Worley, Idaho 83876 (ph 208 231-5860; www.redfoxenterprises.com).

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