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Farm Shop On Wheels
"It's a shop wherever you stop," says Floyd Rider, Steffner, Fla., manufacturer of Porta-Shop, a new farm shop on wheels.
Heart of the "go anywhere" PortaShop is a combination 180 amp welder and 5 kw Onan generator for operating a wide variety of 1201240 volt tools and equipment.
Power for the generator - welder is provided by a 14 hp., air cooled engine. It's equipped with a fuel pump, making it easy to connect to large auxiliary fuel tanks for extended periods of operation, such as might be encountered during a power outage.
Other key components include: A twin cylinder air compressor driven by a 1 hp. electric motor and mounted on a 12 gal. tank- provides 5.4 cu. ft. of air per minute at 90 psi with a 100 psi cutoff; and an oxy-acetylene tank carrier which holds the tanks upright and provides racks for convenient hose storage (you supply your own tanks and torch).
The trailer top provides a 318 in. thick steel work table measuring 5 ft. wide and 7 ft. long. The trailer itself is rated at 3,500 lbs. load capacity and is equipped with electric brakes, 15 in. wheels and tires, and a 2 in. ball hitch. Hinged doors on the table top provide easy access to the engine and air compressor for servicing.
Four storage cabinets and two drawers provide a place for portable electric and air powered tools, hand tools, welding rod, nuts, bolts, grease fittings chain repair links and hundreds of other items needed in the field. These items are all stored out of' the weather and under lock and key.
Tool cabinets are 14 in. deep, 21 in. wide and 24 in. high. Drawers are 18 in. deep, 30 in. wide and 3 in. high.
Rider notes that portable tools of many kinds can be operated from the Porta-Shop, including drills, grinders, impact wrenches, saws, nail guns, and paint sprayers. Various tools can be mounted on and operated from the Porta-Shop, such as power grease guns, battery chargers and boosters, drill presses, high pressure washers, or electric powered pipe threaders, to name a few.
"The problem with mounting all this equipment on a truck is that the truck is tied up as strictly a service vehicle. However, with the PortaShop trailer, the truck Is freed for other jobs. Any vehicle; truck or tractor that's available can tow it to the field, or back to headquarters.
The Porta-Shop lists at $4,250, including the trailer complete with electric bracks, welder, generator, air compressor, hose, welding cables, vise and an oxy-acetylene tank carrier.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Porta-Shop, do Skid Steer, Inc., 1601 Kingsway Road, Steffner, Fla. 33584 (ph 813-685-7847).


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1978 - Volume #2, Issue #6