2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Homebuilt Ice Gouger Improves Traction
“We have a 500-ft. long driveway that goes downhill to the main road, and just walking on it to put down sand or salt was dangerous,” he says. “I feel this simple and inexpensive-to-build tool could be a help to other FARM SHOW readers,” he says.
Like the stump grinder he built (FARM SHOW Vol. 31, No. 6), the frame is an inexpensive 3-pt. hitch carry-all that he purchased from a farm supply store. To make it an ice gouger he used 3-in. angle iron and five old railroad spikes with the heads cut off. Two 1/4-in. bolts secure each spike on the angle iron. A wooden frame holds four cement blocks for added weight and pressure.
“It could be built heavier duty and with 1-in. hardened spikes,” he says, noting he sharpens the spikes a couple of times a season to make it through Gaylord, Mich., winters.
Two 3/8-in. bolts secure the ice gouger’s angle iron frame to the carry-all, so it’s easy to put on and take off. When not in use, Ferrante stores the gouger on one of his homemade dollies.
“I spent about 5 hours building it and it cost $25, not counting the carry-all that I already had,” Ferrante says. “This is one of the simplest things I’ve made, and it works well.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Ferrante, 4342 Whitehouse Trail, Gaylord, Mich. 49735 (ph 989-732-7924).
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