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Riding Mower Converted To Spray Rig
“I used to walk around our campground spraying weeds with a hand-held sprayer, but that got old, so I put together a rig that makes my job a lot easier,” says Denny Michels of North Mankato, Minn.
  Michels had bought a new zero-turn mower but didn’t want to junk his 20-year-old AGCO Allis 1316H riding mower. Instead, he modified it to carry a portable sprayer and supply tanks that let him spray broadleaf weed killer or a burndown herbicide from the same rig.
  First, he removed the front mower deck and built a small frame over the lift arms using 2 1/2-in. angle iron. The frame holds two covered 5-gal. buckets that carry his burndown herbicide. He rebuilt the rider’s back box to carry a 15-gal. spray tank and battery-powered pump. His “one-of-a-kind spray vehicle” is powered by the mower’s original Vanguard V-twin 16 hp. engine. The rider has a deep cycle battery that starts the engine and also powers his portable sprayers.
  “The old mower was too good to junk because the engine, seat, steering and transmission were still good,” Michels says. “It works great as a spray rig because I can maneuver easily around trees and campsites. I have a 24-in. wide boom on the front that does a nice job around the campsite pads. I can also use a hand spray wand from either tank.
  Michels calls his business the Sawmill Campground because he has a working sawmill on the grounds. “The mill came in real handy to cut old power poles into lumber that I used to build the restrooms. I also do a little custom sawing, so it’s a good rig to have around.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Denny Michels, Sawmill Campground, 41392 520th St., North Mankato, Minn. 56003.

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