2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Skid Steer Camera Attaches With Magnets
“Skid steers are one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment on the farm,” says Miller. “It’s so difficult to see behind you as you’re backing up, plus you’re reversing a lot. The camera isn’t a totally new idea, but no one I’d heard of was promoting it. There were some geared for the automotive market, but they seemed to have a lot of extra wires.”
Miller built on his idea with an importer who helped him find a manufacturer overseas. He made sure to secure something simple so that if only a 12-volt system was available, it could be hooked up by just using the red positive and black negative wires.
After some investigation, he decided to go with a corded rather than cordless unit as a dealer suggested the constant jarring motion of the equipment would likely result in a poor picture or lost signals, plus he would need a second power source.
The “See Hawk” comes equipped with 8 ft. of cord, plus he carries 3, 6, 16, 33 or 50-ft. extensions if needed. Miller explains older models may not require an extension cord as they typically don’t have a fully enclosed back top of the cab where the camera would be mounted.
“It all depends on how the cab is positioned,” he says. “The cords may have to go back and drop down underneath if the cab flips from the bottom up.”
Four heavy-duty magnets are included in the packing, two to hold the camera and two to secure the monitor.
“This allows you to install both without drilling any holes, which is a nice feature. The magnets are extra strong and will hold in place. Plus, you can stick the camera and monitor where you think you want them and then they can be easily moved if they’re not positioned well.”
Miller sells complete units for $249 plus the cost of an extension cord if required. S&H comes to roughly $19. Packages contain a camera and monitor with 1 ft. of cord each. A 6-ft. section of cord to go between the two is standard.
“The two power wires come in on the 6-ft. cord. You may need to extend them to fit some applications, but it’s very simple.”
Miller started testing the cameras last winter and received his first order in June 2022. Sales have mostly been to individual farmers wanting to install them themselves. He has a dealer in Michigan and another in Pennsylvania for distribution but welcomes more.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Floyd Miller, Miller Power LLC, 6735 W. 100 St., Topeka, Ind. 46571 (ph 260-768-7002; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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