2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Homemade Thistle KickerA few years ago FARM SHOW published a story on my homemade “thistle kicker” that’s designed to take out the biggest thistles, root and all (Vol. 36, No. 4).
It consists of a 9-in. curved metal blade, made from a light truck or car leaf spring, welded to a 1-in. dia. pipe handle. The back side of the blade edge is sharpened. You push down on an angle iron footrest to shove the blade into the ground next to the thistle.
A local manufacturer makes the thistle kicker for us, and we’ve sold many over the years. It’s a phenomenol tool, and I think it still works better than anything else on the market. It has no moving parts and is virtually indestructible. Most of the time it takes out the entire root so the plant can’t come back.
“The curvature of the blade and sharpening the back side of the blade work together to catch the thistle’s conical root. It also works great as a transplant tool for small bare root trees. Sells for $70 plus S&H. (John Solbach, Greenbriar Farms, 1518 E. 250 Road, Lecompton, Kan. 66050 ph 785 887-6300; email@example.com)
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