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Safety First, Safety Always: The Tire Grabber receives award at Manitoba Ag Days

The Tire Grabber recognized for innovation to change large-scale tires safely.

FERINTOSH, ALBERTA – March 17, 2020: The TireGrabber, an invention of Alberta farmer Darcy Goossen designed to help farmers safely change large-scale tires, won First Place for Farm Safety at this year’s Manitoba Ag Days Innovation Showcase. The indoor farm show was held January 21-23 in Brandon Manitoba.

The invention was the result of Goossen wanting to make it easier and safer to change his own large-scale tires and do tire repairs on-farm himself. It took Goossen about five years to get the product to the final version.

“The first version was pretty good, and since then it’s only improved with the help of good draftsmen and engineers,” Goossen said.

The TireGrabber is a 3-arm device that attaches to tractor, Bobcat, or skidsteer. It balances the tire, perfectly centred, for safer and easier handling. Large-scale tires can be maneuvered more quickly and much more safely saving operators time and keeping them safe. The TireGrabber also enables the operator to flat-stack tires which decreases the amount of warehouse space needed for storage.

Previously, Goossen won the people’s choice award for Farmyard Invention at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina.

“Ten years ago, if someone had told me I was going to get to a show and win a prize, I would have told them they didn’t know what they were talking about because that’s not me,”  Goossen said.

The TireGrabber is being used on many farming operations and in equipment dealerships in North America and is looking forward to expanding their market into other sectors like construction, mining and aviation.

About The TireGrabber
The TireGrabber is an innovative, award-winning device that was designed by  Darcy Goossens, a farmer from Central Alberta Canada for use by other farmers and equipment dealers who change large-scale tires.  The TireGrabber works with any hydraulic attachment and can handle tires up to 95” diameter and up to 4000lbs.

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