Jim’s bright idea saves time and re­duces risk

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By FIN­TAN LAMBE

FOR Clone­gal farmer Jim Ryan, the days of try­ing to squeeze into the tight space be­hind a trac­tor to at­tach or de­tach ma­chin­ery, are gone.

He has come up with a handy tool which he calls a ‘ lift arm bar mover’, and it al­lows him to ac­cess those hard to reach ar­eas, and ap­ply the force re­quired, with­out hav­ing to put him­self at risk.

Pro­duc­tion of the bar has be­gun on a small scale, but Jim has al­ready had in­ter­est from farm­ers. He brought it to the re­cent Tul­lam­ore Show, and also demon­strated it at the Farm Safety Day at Les­lie Dixon’s farm in Gorey.

He said that those who saw it in ac­tion said it was ‘a gift of a tool.’ ‘ There are no electrics,’ he said. ‘It’s a very sim­ple tool. It’s a nice weight and it has im­pact. It’s like us­ing a cur­tain pole so you don’t have to reach up too far.’

The space be­tween ma­chin­ery and the back of a trac­tor can of­ten be a tight spot, and at­tach­ing the ma­chine to the lift arm of the trac­tor, or re­mov­ing the at­tach­ment from the lift arm can of­ten be stren­u­ous and time con­sum­ing.

Jim said the de­vice has proven to save a lot of time in con­nect­ing and dis­con­nect­ing ma­chin­ery such as sprayers, top­pers, mow­ers, ag­i­ta­tors, fertilizers, spread­ers, and hedge cut­ters. ‘A farmer’s time is worth money,’ he said. ‘ This is a big time saver.’

‘Some fel­las are keep­ing ex­tra trac­tors around rather than de­tach­ing the ma­chines, so this saves money too,’ said Jim. ‘It could take you half a day try­ing to get in be­hind a trac­tor try­ing to get the arm off the ma­chine. Some fel­las have to crawl in un­der trac­tors to get them de­tached.’

A lim­ited amount of the bars have been pro­duced, and they are avail­able through Andy Byrne com­bine breaker and trac­tor parts in Askamore.

Though he’s a full time farmer, Jim has al­ways had an in­ter­est in de­sign, and he came up with the idea ‘out of hard­ship.’ ‘My knee was sore from kick­ing,’ he said. ‘I’m start­ing small with it, but it’s the sim­ple things like this that peo­ple say why weren’t they around sooner.’

Jim Ryan demon­strat­ing the bar in Tul­lam­ore.

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