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The Portable Support Tool Balancer – eliminate the pain from trimming and landscaping

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Anyone who’s done yard work or landscaping knows about sore muscles and aching backs. A Canadian landscaper designed The Portable Support Tool Balancer to spare his back from otherwise grueling outdoor work.

The device consists of a back brace-like harness and spring-loaded pulley system that eases the heavy burden of lifting, handling and using weighty, hand-held equipment such as hedge trimmers and pole chainsaws. A swiveling vertical pole attached the harness sits above the user’s head. At the top of the pole, a spring-loaded take-up reel is attached to a cable which extends down in front of the user. The cable attaches to the balance point of whatever tool is used.

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The Portable Support Tool Balancer reduces 95 percent of the weight from the operator’s shoulders and arms, distributing it across his/her body. Before designing this, the Tool’s inventor had suffered torn shoulder tendons after using a 22-pound hedge trimmer and a pole chain saw for years.

Uses for this simple yet awesomely useful gadget include shoveling snow, using it as a construction shovel to lifting a variety of heavy hand-held construction tools. The operator simply guides the tool in whatever direction necessary, without actually lifting it. No word on the price, but with something this useful and injury-preventing, it’s worth the cost.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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