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Giant Weed Burner Mounts On Pickup Bed
Hottest new development in weed control is the "Ditch Dragon", a giant remote-control, diesel-fired flame thrower that burns off weeds along ditches, fencelines, or any-where a pickup or tractor can go.
The "Ditch Dragon" consists of a steel frame that supports an 18-ft long steel tube equipped with an electric blower on one end and a nozzle at the other. The blower pushes air toward the nozzle while a pump delivers diesel fuel from a 552ga1: barrel to an atomizer mounted on the nozzle. A pair of igniters are mounted on the nozzle and are activated by a 4,000-watt generator. The unit mounts in the bed of a pickup or can be 3-pt. mounted on a tractor.
"It lets you efficiently burn off weeds from the comfort of your air-conditioned cab," says Tom Nichols, representative.
"Weed control in irrigation ditches is often a problem because fanners can't use chemicals. Hand wand weed burners are avail-able, but they're cumbersome and burn a lot of fuel. The Ditch Dragon bums only about 15 gal. per hour and gives off a sootless flame blast. Most farmers already have diesel fuel so they won't have to go to town for a propane tank or worry about handling compressed gas."
The steel burner tube mounts on a center pivot and is rotated by electric motors. A joy stick in the cab is used to rotate the tube up or down and to either side.
Sells for $3,995 including generator.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Nichols, Harsh of the Northwest, 1920 Indian Creek Lane, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 (ph 208 459-7198).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2