PENFIELD TWP. — His neighbors know dairy and grain farmer Lloyd Gordon is a pretty handy guy.
Now the readers of Successful Farming magazine know it too.
Gordon was an “Idea of the Month” winner for his invention that makes working on farm equipment a breeze.
He installed 30-foot retractable reels for electricity, light and air on a power boom in his farm shop.
“We call it a power bar,” Gordon said.
The boom can swing 320 degrees, making it easy to work on projects within a 48-foot radius.
There’s no need to search around for extension cords, a trouble light or drag out an air hose.
Gordon said he and his brothers, William and Bob, repair all kinds of items in the shop located in one of their barns.
“We build a lot of our own equipment or fix it up — our neighbors call it ‘Gordon-izing,’ “ he said. “Whenever the neighbors need a piece of metal fixed, they show up at our door.”
Gordon received a $2,500 Firestone in-store credit from Born Implement to honor him for the invention.
Farm tires are pretty pricey, so the credit is sure to come in handy, he said.
“I recently bought a tractor tire and it was $3,200 for one tire,” he said.
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