1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bell bar for mowers alerts wildlife"We've sold more than 3,000 in Holland alone," says Reinder Horst, inventor and manufacturer of a new "Bell Bar" for hay mowers, combines and other harvesting equipment., It alerts wildlife nesting in tall grass or crops.
Horst says many farmers have tried hanging chains from an offset bar to scare off wildlife. The problem with that idea, he says, is that the chains don't make much noise and they tend to get tangled up.
The steel bells hanging from Horst's bar make a high-frequency sound that he says is irritating to wildlife. The bells hang about 2 in. off the ground. The bar mounts off to the side of the mower or other equipment so that it covers the area to be cut in the next pass. Each bell weighs about 11/2 lbs.. The bar itself. is made out of a 6-ft. long 1 1/2-in. dia. tube. Total weight is about 50lbs. Sells for $272.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Horst Wildlife Saving Device, Schoollaan 19, 9765 AB Paterswolde, Netherlands (ph 05907-1676).
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