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Farmer-Built “Dirt Digger” Stands Up To Tough Use By Kids
Ivan Reiff created his first all-steel Dirt Digger for his sons 7 years ago, wanting a toy that would hold up to boyish play. 
    Several years later, he revised the pattern and made a few kits. He had the parts laser cut, then welded them together and added a powder coat finish. Plastic sleeves on the handles make them comfortable for little hands. A round shaft connects the digger to the base and allows the operator to rotate the machine 360 degrees. 
    The Dirt Digger sold faster than he expected. “Parents wanted a toy that could endure all sorts of weather and lots of use, a toy they could pass on from one child to the next,” says Reiff. “Grandparents  regard the Dirt Digger as a useful gift, and children like Dirt Diggers because they’re so much fun.” 
    Hundreds of diggers later, it has turned into a father and son business. “My older boys help with welding and shipping, and the younger ones bolt the moving parts together,” says Reiff. 
    He says children from 3 to 10 years old, and older, enjoy playing with Dirt Diggers in their sandbox or on a gravel lane, but the best place to use them is in the garden. “Dirt Diggers have even been used to dig holes for trees or, to dig trenches for waterlines,” says Reiff.
    Dirt Diggers are available in red, green, yellow, or orange. They retail for $190 including shipping. Wholesale inquiries are welcome. 
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ivan Reiff, 350 Peace Rd., Leola, Penn. 17540 (ph 717 556-4161; glenbrook114@gmail.com)

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3