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Motorized Wheelbarrow Makes Yard Chores Easy
You can get yard and garden chores done fast - and entertain the kids for hours - with a powered wheelbarrow like the one built by Michael Baker of Akron, Ohio.
He used an old riding lawn mower and a standard wheelbarrow to build the machine. He cut the mower down to the frame, keeping the rear axle and 3-speed transmission. He then mounted a 3 1/2 hp Briggs & Stratton engine on the mower frame, which is turned backward to make a front-drive, rear-steer unit.
He used the steering spindle off a commercial mower and the handle off an old golf cart for the steering system. He uses the throttle off a mini bike and centrifugal clutch to speed up and stop the wheelbarrow.
The wheelbarrow itself mounts on the riding mower's rear hitch and dumps by tip-ping on its axle.
Out-of-pocket expense was about $40.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michael Baker, 1075 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, Ohio 44312-5242 (ph 330 896-5644).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #6