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Backpack Fire Weeder
Farmers crowded around a display featuring a new backpack "fire weeder" at the recent Fieragricola in Verona, Italy.
The weeder consists of a hand wand fitted with a "fire-breathing" nozzle. A squeeze of the handle cents a burst of flame out the nozzle to fry weeds to death.
"You don't have to bum the weeds up. All you have to do is briefly scald them which causes the cells of the plant to burst. At first they'll get more green but then, in a day or so, they'll turn brown and die. On big weeds, all you have to do is scald the base of the weed and it'll kill the whole plant," says inventor-manufacturer Marino Mingozzi.
The operator carries a small 10-lb. pro-pane tank in a backpack unit. The wand is suspended by a shoulder strap at about waist level.
Sells for about $250.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Officina Mingozzi Natale, Via Val d'Albero, 25b, 44010 Bando d'Argenta (Fe) Italy, (ph 0532 807106).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #3