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category, with the creation of the world’s first

4-stroke engine powered drill with automatic

reverse gear; essentially safeguarding the

operator against injury and reducing the likeli-

hood of the auger snapping, as it is specifically

designed and manufactured for the hardest of

Australian timbers.

Ian LeFevre proudly took home the

winner of the 2015/16 Honda Invention

Competition for the public category for

his invention of a motorised wheelbarrow.

Similar to power carriers that are readily avail-

able on the market, Ian’s wheelbarrow can

transport heavy loads up inclines, but is also

incredibly maneuverable.

John Notaras from ATOM Industries

and Ian LeFevre will be spending five days

in Thailand on an all-expenses paid trip,

exploring the wonders that Thailand has

to offer. This will also include a tour of the

Honda Thailand manufacturing facility. In

addition to this, Ian has spent two days with

a Honda application engineer to further

refine his product.

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PUBLIC CATEGORY WINNER:

IAN LEFEVRE’S MOTORISED WHEELBARROW

Ian LeFevre stumbled across the idea of

an engine powered wheelbarrow after

purchasing a steep block in Tasmania.

Ian fitted an old 2-stroke brush cutter

engine to his wheel barrow, it worked

well and he received positive feedback

from those who borrowed it. A landscape

gardener who used Ian’s original barrow

said that it needed to be faster and have

more torque.

Ian then discovered the tough Honda

GX35 engine. With the increased power

of the GX35 he

was able to alter the

gearing to achieve

ample power to cope

with a full load of

concrete or loads of

pine bark mulch at

running speed up

steep inclines.

Ian has worked in the equipment

hire industry for the last 22 years and

knows that the simple things are often

the easiest to operate and repair. Using

this principal he built a simple right

angle drive gearbox with a clutch drum

attached which bolts to the GX35

engine, using the clutch that comes on

the SUT engine. The drive then has a

two chain reduction onto the wheel.

The engine speed is controlled by a

thumb operated throttle lever and

is fitted with an

aluminium cover to

protect the engine

from

concrete

and

sand.

The

latest

prototype

has chain guards

to comply with

OHS regulations.

JUNE - JULY 2016 |

POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA

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