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Motorized Wheelbarow
A popular feature at Le Center, Minn., area parades is Wesley Erkel's motorized wheelbarrow.
Erkel says he decided to build the machine, which is strictly for fun and not for hauling loads, after some of his friends challenged him to do so. He started with an old wheelbarrow which, he says, was made 100 years ago, and added an axle and transmission from a riding lawnmower.
Power is from a 5 hp. Briggs and Stratton engine. The rig has low and high gears, a reverse gear and brakes. For turning, Erkel rigged up a tiller-type steering system a lever which is connected to, and turns, the front wheel.

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #1