1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Giant Tractor Snow RakeThey get a lot of snow in Trempealeau, Wis. That's what prompted Don Stellpflug to come up with a giant-size "rake" made out of a tree trunk to pull excess snow down off the roof before it can cause damage.
"Last winter I used a Nipco gas heater to melt snow off the roof. I mounted the heater right up under the roof. It worked but I spent nearly $100 on fuel. This idea is simpler, worked great and cost next to nothing," says Stellpflug.
He cut a 25-ft. long sapling and wired a push blade from a small garden tractor backwards onto the small end of the tree. Then he attached the trunk of the tree to the loader bucket on a utility tractor using steel cable and chain. With the loader fully extended, the rake is long enough to reach over the ridge pole on his machinery shed.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Donald A. Stellpflug, Rt. 2, Trempealeau, Wis. 54661.
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