Barbed wire unroller (Equipment)

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Unrolling barbed wire from a new spool is awkward, often backbreaking work. Frankie King from Pittsburg, Texas made the job much easier with his barbed wire unroller that mounts on his "mule," an all-terrain vehicle. Mr. King welded an 18-inch piece of square tubing at a 90-degree angle to a 36-inch piece of square tubing, braced with a piece of flat metal. He also welded a piece of 1-inch angle iron under the square tubing for additional support. Then he welded a piece of 1-inch black pipe to the top of the 18-inch tubing and braced it with a triangular piece of metal. From flat metal, he cut out two 10-inch and two 6-inch washers. The 10-inch washers were welded to the pipe on the inside, leaving enough room for a tool box. Another flat piece of metal welded to the top of the pipe provided a base on which to bolt the tool box. He then cut the pipe to the length of a roll of barbed wire and welded a threaded bolt on the end of the pipe. The spool of wire slides onto the pipe shaft with the 6-inch washer against the wire, held in place by and two nuts and a washer, which prevents the nuts from "backing off." Once assembled, the wire unrolled is mounted by inserting the square tube into the receiver on the ATV.

Mr. King built the unroller from scrap metal, and the tool box is large enough to hold a hammer, fencing pliers, staples, nails and other small items.



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