2017 - Volume #41, Issue #3, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Engine-Powered Gopher Killing Machine
The “Predator Gopher Killer” comes with an insulated handle and uses a small 3 hp. 4-cycle gas engine mounted above an inverted 14-in. dia. steel pan, to kill rodents with carbon monoxide. You just set the pan on top of the gopher hole and start the engine to fill the pan with exhaust. The exhaust is delivered up to 300 ft. away into rodent dens and runways.
“It’s simple to use, very effective, and affordable,” says inventor Steve Raguse. “It runs quiet and weighs less than 30 lbs., which makes it easy to move from hole to hole. It’ll cover a 2,500 sq. ft. area around the engine. We recommend running the engine for 15 to 20 min. per hole.
“I made my first model back in the 1980’s for a friend who had a gopher problem in his back yard. I mounted an old lawn mower engine on an inverted 5-gal. metal pail. The 3 hp. engine put out 15 to 20 lbs. of exhaust pressure which penetrated underground passageways. It worked great and he eliminated the rodents in his back yard.
“Then a few months ago a friend bought a house and her lawn was infested with gopher holes and dens which had been taken over by snakes. I remembered the first gopher killer I made, so I bought new parts and made this model to take care of her snake problem. We spent an entire day moving the unit from gopher hole to gopher hole, leaving the engine idling over each hole for 15 to 20 min. It did an amazing job of exterminating the snakes. My friend’s neighbors also used it on their yards with good results, so I decided to make some units to sell.
“Many Louisiana fish farms are being invaded with muskrats and are using the Predator to protect their ponds.”
He says the unit purposely does not use a tube to blow concentrated smoke down into the hole. “The trick is to put carbon monoxide into the tunnel system so that it settles by itself. The Predator puts out about 20 lbs. of pressure, and since carbon monoxide is heavier than air it sneaks up on the rodents and puts them to sleep before they have time to react. There’s no big cloud of smoke to drive them away. The engine is quiet and you can let it run by itself and walk away while you do other stuff.”
The Predator sells for $495 with free shipping.
You can check out a video of the Predator at FARMSHW.COM
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Raguse, 6978 CR 16, Wheaton, Minn. 56296 (ph 320 815-0865; www.predatorgopherkiller.com; email@example.com).
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